Thursday, February 21, 2008

Elis Regina - Madalena (Live At The Montreux Jazz Festival, 1979)

Forget 'Live Evil' and 'Massey Hall', this is the greatest ever live jazz recording, certainly in terms of risk-taking and sheer bravura. Her vocal cords may have been ravaged by years of cocaine and heroin abuse (she would be dead within 3 years) but Elis could transport an audience so much further than all those tiresome technical virtuosos.