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Vania Bastos portrait Singer Vania Bastos was one of many musicians to come out of the cultural movement known as the "Vanguarda Paulista," a multi-disciplinary artistic movement aimed at revitalizing and redefining the Sao Paul art scene in the late 1970s and early '80s. Bastos worked with artists such as Arrigo Barnabe, Itamar Assumpcao and various rock bands, and also explored more jazz- and bossa-oriented MPB. Here's a quick look at her work...


Arrigo Barnabe "Tubaroes Voadores" (Ariola, 1984) (LP)

Vania Bastos "Vania Bastos" (Copacabana, 1986)

Vania Bastos & Eduardo Gudin "Eduardo Gudin & Vania Bastos" (Eldorado, 1989)

Vania Bastos "Vania Bastos" (Eldorado, 1990)
A jazzy, semi-glitzy solo set with an overly-perky, Vegas-y feel... Mostly glossy jazz-orchestral MPB, but with some reasonably rootsy samba under the hood on a few tunes. Some of the songs have elegant arrangements while others feel a bit slipshod. Several familiar names among the musicians -- Paulo Bellinati plays on (and arranges) three songs; Eduardo Gudin plays on a couple and arranges one, while Amilson Godoy handles a couple of others. (Perhaps there's a too-many-cooks thing going on here...?) Ms. Bastos does her best, singing with a lilting, Kate Bush-ish tone, but the album teeters about erratically, and doesn't always hold together... I can't say this album does much for me, but I suppose it's worth checking out, particularly if you're into her later work.

Vania Bastos "Cantando Caetano" (Velas, 1992)

Vania Bastos "Canta Mais" (Velas, 1994)

Vania Bastos "Vania Bastos "Cancoes De Tom Jobim" (Velas, 1995)

Vania Bastos "Diversoes Nao Eletronicas" (Velas, 1997)

Vania Bastos "Belas Feras" (PlayArte, 1999)

Vania Bastos "...Canta Clube Da Esquina" (Universal, 2002)

Vania Bastos "Tocar Na Banda" (Dabliu, 2005)

Vania Bastos "Na Boca Do Lobo" (2010)


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