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Copacabana by Sarah Vaughan
Released: Jan 1952
Sarah Vaughan was still at the height of her powers in the 1970s, even though she was starting to soar over songs instead of sink into them. Thankfully, bossa nova and Brazilian pop brought out the best in Vaughan, and Copacabana can be placed among her finest recordings. Here she tones down her impressive lung power and delivers a reading of Jobim's "Dindi" that is truly exquisite. American drummer Grady Tate keeps the jazz feeling alive amidst an impressive array of Brazilian musicians.
Nick Dedina

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