Having established as their common turf a repertoire of choro, vocal MPB, and hispanic songs, flutist Julie Koidin and guitarist/vocalist Paulinho Garcia continue in the same vein in their latest release, Asa Branca. In this, their third album, the duo is joined by three musician friends whose mandolin, accordion, and percussion lend richer textures to the arrangements.
The musical genres may be disparate, but they follow each other in cohesive succession thanks to the chamber treatment they are given.
The choros include classics by Jacob do Bandolim, Pixinguinha, Abel Ferreira, Mário Alves da Conceição, and Zequinha de Abreu. Among the Brazilian vocal tunes are the baião "Asa Branca"; Hermeto Pascoal's "Chorinho pra Ele"; Sivuca and Chico Buarque's lovely French-influenced waltz "João e Maria"; and the 1928 canção "Você," which Fagner was famously accused of plagiarizing from Hekel Tavares and Nair Mesquita and renaming "Penas do Tiê."
Paulinho sings three tunes in Spanish: "Soneto a Mama" by the contemporary Catalan singer-songwriter Joan Manuel Serrat, the haunting Argentine song "Chiquilin de Bachin," and the tango warhorse "Caminito."
A sure-footed album from a seasoned pair of musicians, Asa Branca is bound to please