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Album review: Junio Barreto – Setembro

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Every Junio Barreto release is dominated by his voice – a relaxed yet powerful croon, full of character – and Setembro is no different. Barreto flexes his vocal chords over ten 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 upbeat sambas that will make you want to get down to the beach straight away. Yet there are also more 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 that all the songs on the album are fit for dancing to, whether the party is in full swing or things have slowed down for the last dance of the night. We’ve Pupillo, the drummer of the band Nação Zumbi, to thank in large part for that. He’s joined on this album by NZ bandmates Dengue and Jorge du Peixe.

Others of Brazil’s fine young musicians help keep the album interesting from start to finish – think people like Céu, Marina de la Riva and Luiza Maita, and even the legendary Seu Jorge, who plays guitar on one track, creating a musical mix that will get your feet moving but will also warrant repeat listens. 

By Russ Slater
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