Instrumental maestro picks ten
by Elizabeth Bryant
Baden Powell and Vinícius de Moraes (with Quarteto em Cy) Os Afros Sambas (Forma, Brazil) 1966
I think it’s the background vocals of this album that get me; they are absolutely haunting. Baden Powell also has a way of working with harmony that is completely unique to him. He will hit on certain chords that are both surprising and beautiful. It’s not easy to make diminished chords sound this settled and pretty, but he does all over this record. He is easily one of the best songwriters of the twentieth century.
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