Bebel Gilberto, "All in One"

80 Billboard Rating

Despite Bebel Gilberto's Brazilian musical bloodlines (her father is João Gilberto and her mother is Miúcha), she didn't achieve widespread notoriety until she left the South American country. Her 2000 international debut release, "Tanto Tempo," produced in London, put Gilberto on the world music map. Her latest album and Verve debut, "All in One," is something of a return to Brazil, conceptually speaking. Collaborating with artists like Daniel Jobim, Didi Gutman and Carlinhos Brown, Gilberto offers a Euro/Brazil mix of tunes. The set features several strongly tropical numbers, like the gentle "Cancao de Amor" and a fine cover of her father's original bossa nova classic "Bim Bom." Her rendition of Stevie Wonder's "The Real Thing," on the other hand, is insubstantial compared with simpler efforts, including the dark colors of "Secret," the lovely ballad "Port Antonio" and her spirited cover of the Carmen Miranda nugget "Chica Chica Boom Chic."-Phillip Van Vleck

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