1. John Lewis (Alice Tully Hall, New York, Jan. 18) How inept we seem to have been in not recognizing his swing and sensuality, and what a way to go out, with an almost perfect live retrospective only sixty days before this jazz master’s death.
2. Carlinhos Brown and Timbalada (Salvador da Bahía, Brazil, Feb. 25) When Brown let loose with the heavy, dense James Brown funk, the crowd froze. When he played this year’s Carnaval hit, a cheery cha-cha-cha, the crowd exploded.
3. Pantera (Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, Mar. 9) Still impressively hard and loud and direct in their eleventh year.
4. Mark Morris Dance Group (Brooklyn Academy of Music, Mar. 15) Consummately American, mixing classical moves with Motown choreography.
5. Nação Zumbi (Abril Pro Rock, Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil, Apr. 20) When the rap-metal thrashing switched over to the ciranda rhythm, the 7,000 teenagers on hand
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