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Fado and flute with Susan Palma-Nidel / Jazz Weekly

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The Portuguese traditional sounds of Fado are both celebrated and brought to modern ears from the flute of Susan Palma-Nidel. Produced by Gil Goldstein (who also supplies keyboards and accordion), the album boasts rich support from Fausto Bordalo Dias, Jose Afonso, Ne Ladeiras, Pedro Joia, Ze Manel Neto, Carlos Barretto, Ruca Redbordao, Sandra Martins and Leo Traversa, all mixing together with traditional and modern.

Palma-Nidel's flute is warm and glowing lovely with guitar on "Os Indios De Meia-Praia" and the dreamy "Cancao." Folksy sounds on the strings team with the leader on the lilting "Fado Lopes/Meditando. Some wonderful intricate moments take place with fiery unison lines on the prancing ""Maria LIsboa" while the flute floats over the festive percussion on "As Certezas Do Meu Mais Brilhante Amor." The music oozes with taste like Serra de Estrela cheese.

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