PRINT December 2004

Music: Best of 2004

Arto Lindsay


1. Zeca Pagodinho, Ao Vivo (Universal Music) This live CD was not only number one in Brazil but also the best new record released in recent memory anywhere in the world. Nobody phrases like this singer, who is just as hard-swinging and breathtakingly free as the heretofore unmatchable João Gilberto—though at the opposite end of the gentility spectrum.

2. Moacir Santos, Coisas (Universal International) Rereleased for the first time since it came out in 1965, this CD of big-band music by the arranger and composer from Pernambuco is as deep as Antonio Carlos Jobim and far rootsier. Rich charts and earthiness that no big band has achieved since make for a unique record.

3. Jamie Lidell/Matthew Herbert The most exciting performance style I caught this year was live sampling. The abandoned technology was revived by Supercollider’s Lidell and by Herbert in his “Radio Boy” show. Screaming,

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