Nara Leão – Insensatez (1971)

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As with ‘The Girl from Ipanema’ and ‘Corcovado’, Tom Jobim wrote ‘Insensatez’ for João Gilberto – originally released in 1961. Ten years later, one of bossa nova’s muses, Nara Leão recorded a cover for her album Dez Anos Depois. It is my favourite version. Leão was no copycat, she had calibre too. During the 1950s, she had performed with João Gilberto. In the 1960s, she toured with Sérgio Mendes and would eventually team up with the Vila Velha Gang (e.g. Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil and Gal Costa) to feature on the 1968 album Tropicália: ou Panis et Circencis, a manifesto for the Tropicália movement.

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