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Perpetual Emotion

By: Flora Purim

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1   San Francisco River Buy Buy
2   My Ship Buy Buy
3   Escape Buy Buy
4   Saudade Buy Buy
5   Crystal Silence Buy Buy
6   Flora & Airto Buy Buy
7   Fotografia Buy Buy
8   Journey To Eden Buy Buy
9   Search For Peace Buy Buy
10   Airto's Jazz Dance Buy Buy
11   Carinhoso Buy Buy

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Album Description

FLORA PURIM Perpetual Emotion (2001 US Narada Jazz 11-track CD album features Gary Meek Christian Jacob Trey Henry Airto Moreira and Oscar Castro Neves. Total playing time 54 minutes picture sleeve)

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Though her voice cracks occasionally and sounds ever slightly lower in pitch than when she reigned in the 1970s, Flora Purim is still one of the finest jazz vocalists around. Why she has not recorded since 1994 is a bit of a mystery, but Perpetual Emotion shows that the Queen of Brazilian Soul is still on top of her game. Expressive, engrossing, swinging, and rich in tonality and nuance, Purim's instrument remains sensuous and soaring as she interprets the work of Chick Corea, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and McCoy Tyner with consummate instincts and style. More of a straight-ahead album than the Brazilian jazz fusion of her classics, Butterfly Dreams and Stories to Tell, Perpetual Emotion also features the songs and percussion of Purim's husband, Airto Moreira. His drumming and evocative percussion were the springboard for some of her best work, and the magic is still there (even if his drumming lacks its '70s fire). Their "San Francisco River" opens the album in a breezy mood, followed by a sweet reading of Kurt Weill's overexposed "My Ship." Perpetual Emotion really starts to groove with Flora's return to bossa nova on "Saudade." The subtle, sinewy rhythm is perfect, as is Flora's fragile, wonder-laden delivery. She gives so much of herself in each bar that it's sublime.

At 3:02, "Saudade" is too short, but it's followed by another Brazilian classic, Corea's "Crystal Silence." Again, Flora's treatment is beautiful, drawing you in note by note, as the song moves from rubato intro to yearning verses with bubbly instrumental flourishes. Jobim's "Fotographia" is another high point. With guitar and arrangement by Oscar Castro Neves, the song swings lightly around a glowing vocal choir and Flora and Neves's sparse vocal. Almost five minutes into the tune, Airto's samba groove lifts off and the magic comes down--Flora's interaction with the choir and Airto's drumming make for an exquisite moment. "Airto's Jazz Dance" briefly revisits "Spain," featuring some high-flying improv with Flora scatting, growling, and vocalizing like in her work of yesteryear. Perpetual Emotion closes with the intimate "Carinhoso," a lovely duet between Flora and guitarist Castro Neves that shows the singer in all her gleaming, slightly shy glory. Welcome back, Flora! --Ken Micallef

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