Iconic singer Flora Purim says this album could have been titled The Two of Us, in honor of her long-lasting friendship and musical relationship with Brazilian singer/songwriter Milton Nascimento.

Iconic singer Flora Purim says this album could have been titled The Two of Us, in honor of her long-lasting friendship and musical relationship with Brazilian singer/songwriter Milton Nascimento. That notion comes to beautiful fruition in the tasteful "Nós Dois," arranged for piano trio (that's piano maven George Duke sitting in on keyboards) with Purim's throaty vocals playing above. Overall, the sound here is lush and richly textured, with Purim using sparse musical backing, which, of course, includes Luiz Avellar's piano. Even as improvisational give and take is maintained in every track, it's always at the service of Purim's trademark Brazilian grooves. At the same time, the renditions are always at the service of Nascimento's music, with thoughtful solos blending seamlessly with vocal lines. In the end, "The Two of Us" well describes an album where jazz ensemble and voice come together as one.—LC

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