Brazilian chanteuse Virginia Rodrigues has a sweet, rich voice with the texture of molasses.

Brazilian chanteuse Virginia Rodrigues has a sweet, rich voice with the texture of molasses. Hers is a voice that has wooed audiences worldwide with renditions of traditional Brazilian music. For her third album and her first on Edge, Rodrigues has recorded seven of the eight Afro-sambas originally recorded by Vinicius de Moraes and Baden Powell. With some jazz overtones ("Tempo de Amor," for example), "Mares Profundos" clearly bears the stamp of Rodrigues' mentor, Caetano Veloso, who was the album's artistic director. As such, Rodrigues veers from more straightforward samba ("Labareda," performed with Veloso) to more deeply traditional material ("Canto de Lemanjá"). Rodrigues can sound academic in some of the slower material. But she never ceases to sound beautiful—nor is this album ever less than tasteful.—LC

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