Time Out Rio de Janeiro

Album review: Junio Barreto


Any Junio Barreto release will be dominated by his voice – a relaxed yet powerful croon, full of character – and Setembro is no different. Barreto flexes his vocal chords over 10 tracks that vary between classic samba-jazz and laid-back funky numbers with dashes of ska and reggae.

Tracks like ‘Serenada Solidao’ and ‘Gafieira da Mare’ are the kind of up-beat sambas that will make you want to get down to the beach straight away. Yet there are also reflective numbers such as ‘Alento da Alagoinha’ whose tumbling drums tick all the ‘late night jazz’ boxes. In fact, percussion plays a pivotal role in this album, with the rhythm section ensuring you can dance to all the songs on the album, whether the party is in full swing or things have slowed down for the last dance of the night.

Barreto is joined by some of Brazil’s finest young musicians on this album, people like Céu, the guys from Nação Zumbi and even Seu Jorge, who plays guitar on one track, and they keep the album musically interesting from start to finish, leaving a musical mix that will get your feet moving but will also warrant repeat listens.

Words by Russ Slater

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