It's pretty much a given that Flora Purim can do no wrong. And in this collection of American and Brazilian standards, there's a steady and exquisite sense of style and good taste, from the enchanting

It's pretty much a given that Flora Purim can do no wrong. And in this collection of American and Brazilian standards, there's a steady and exquisite sense of style and good taste, from the enchanting "Primeira Estrela" (a movement from husband Airto Moreira's orchestral piece "The Brazilian Spiritual Mass") to the opening "You Go to My Head." It would be too simplistic to call Purim's renditions

Brazilian jazz, although Brazilian elements—notably Moreira's percussion and Oscar Castro Neves' guitar—permeate everything she does. Rather, Purim has developed a unique musical style that can translate convincingly to the most American of standards, Gershwin's "It Ain't Necessarily So" and Cole Porter's "I've Got You Under My Skin." Conversely, in these two tracks in particular, Purim's accent is distracting, but the musical results overcome the diction.—LC