Cássia Eller: Partido Alto


Partido Alto


Cássia Eller (vocals, guitar)


Acústico (Universal 314 548 855-2)

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Cássia Eller (vocals, guitar),

unidentified bass and drums


Composed by Chico Buarque


Recorded: Sáo Paulo, March 7 and 8, 2001


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

This impassioned Brazilian singer might have enjoyed tremendous success in the United States and overseas markets, but she was dead at age 39, only a few months after making this landmark recording. Eller rips into the Chico Buarque song with a fury that seems oddly out of keeping with the acoustic setting. How to describe the Eller sound? A favela version of Janis Joplin with a double dose of soul? Brazilian pop on steroids? Call it rock, call it world music, call it jazz - but whatever the category, track down Eller's work and introduce yourself to an extraordinary singer.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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