Review: Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, Harmonic and Political Still

Nate Chinen – The New York Times, 04/22/2016

Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil were the picture of unfussy enlightenment on Wednesday, in their first of two nights at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Howard Gilman Opera House. Each seated with an acoustic guitar, they brought an easy collegiality to their exchange, with the odd flicker of guilelessness. But their songs contained all manner of complexities: rhythmic and harmonic, as well as tonal, political, philosophical and metaphysical.

Mr. Gil and Mr. Veloso, both 73, are among the most celebrated singer-songwriters in Brazilian popular music. For much of the last year they have been a traveling duo, in celebration of a camaraderie that stretches almost to the dawn of their distinguished careers.

They have a gemlike new album — “Dois Amigos, Um Século de Música: Multishow Live,” recorded in São Paulo and released on Nonesuch — featuring a set list that has remained fairly constant during the tour. This remained true of Wednesday’s concert, which felt no less magisterial or special for adhering to a familiar contour.

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