Brazilian music has circled in and out of fashion in the North for the last 40 years, enjoying the tentative embrace of lovers of jazz, world music, modern classical, psychedelia, and Muzak--crowds that usually keep to their own orthodoxies, or at least they did before Stereolab came along. Yet a close reading of the liner notes on scores of classic Brazilian records reveals the same musicians' names overlapping on albums that couldn't sound more dissimilar. It seems that, while much has been made of the cultural diversity firing Brazil's musical pot, the musicians themselves are a surprisingly cohesive band of polyglots whose omnivorous sensibilities transcend locale,... More >>>