Bebel Gilberto | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

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You might think Brazilian songbird Bebel Gilberto would be a stickler for tradition, being the daughter of bossa nova legend Joao Gilberto and all. But on her debut album, Tanto Tempo (Ziriguiboom/Six Degrees), she approaches her daunting heritage from a contemporary perch not too far from her friend Arto Lindsay's. She sings both originals and nuggets like Vinicius de Moraes and Baden Powell's "Samba da bencao," her uncle Chico Buarque's "Samba e amor," and Marcos Valle's "So Nice (Summer Samba)" with a natural, classic breeziness, but she also collaborates with one of the most forward-looking producers in Brazilian music: the late studio auteur Suba, who died in a house fire as this album was being completed, augments Brazilian rhythms with a mix of live instrumentation and samples. Drum 'n' bass maestro Amon Tobin, Beastie Boys producer Mario Caldato, the D.C.-based Thievery Corporation, and British acid jazzers Smoke City also lend a hand here and there. A couple tracks got overcooked, but for the most part the stripped-down clarity of the music is almost as impressive as Gilberto's singing. This is Gilberto's Chicago debut. Tuesday, 8 PM, Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee; 773-489-3160. PETER MARGASAK

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Roberto Ligresti.

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