Eddie and Mad Duran re-visit the emotional terrain thirty-seven years later on 'Samba Cocktail.' The Durans' arrangements are leaner, the sound more stark: there is only Mad on tenor saxophone accompanied by Eddie on guitar. While the original evoked summer heat, bright passion, and the sweetly swaying of sea breezes of Rio de Janeiro, 'Samba Cocktail' is darker, cooler. It recalls twilight on a deserted urban beach front where sand fragments still sparkle when you look at it right. And while they retain the emotions of unrequited love, heartfelt shrugs, and sensual sashaying between ocean and beach, it doesn't quite conjure up the image of Rio de Janeiro. It feels like San Francisco with the wind whipping off the water. Their sound feels less youthful and optimistic, and more mature and complex. It feels like fall before winter, like two bundled up old lovers walking along the shore as the evening lights are turned low and things become more of a blur. While the light retreats, the sounds become more alive. And the distant stars slowly become apparent. The waves roll in. They are still young at heart. The Durans take a risk of comparison with the Getz and Gilberto album. It's inevitable that Mad's playing with be compared with Getz. Her sound is indeed reminiscent of Getz. It's equally gorgeous, but she has her own distinctive way of phrasing. And Eddie is incomparably himself. His jagged notes dash in and out of Mad's sax. Their playing is like a confident couple dancing the samba.
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