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Issue 527 : November 3, 2005 - November 9, 2005

Top live show
Satalla; Sat 5, Sun 6

Don't look to Joyce, the veteran songbird from Rio, if you feel like crying. In her tuneful, bossa-flavored pop, the sky is always blue and the air tingles with eternal youth. Pageboy haircut bouncing, she strums out dizzying guitar lines and scats along, or carols her originals in a meadowlark's voice. Joyce is Miss Confidence: She eagerly mentions the remixes of her tracks that have made her a European dance-club idol; her tours with Jobim and Vinícius de Moraes, who wrote "The Girl from Ipanema"; and the songs she penned that Elis Regina, Maria Bethânia and Gal Costa recorded.

Then there's the giant who arranged her first album in 1968 and her new Rio Bahia (Far Out; U.K.): Dori Caymmi, singer, guitarist, composer and Joyce's costar for two nights at Satalla. Son of the 91-year-old Bahian folk hero Dorival Caymmi, Dori is the brooding thundercloud to Joyce's sunshine. His murmured basso phrases—heard on about 20 solo albums—sound like rumblings of the earth. Unlike Joyce, he tends to keep quiet about his credits, which are staggering. Caymmi has conducted for hundreds of his and our country's classiest singers, including Sarah Vaughan; many have sung his compositions, one of which, "O Cantador," became the semistandard "Like a Lover." In 1964, at 21, he conducted the historic Show Opinião, the first musical protest against Brazil's newly formed dictatorship. Caymmi lives in Southern California, but like Joyce he seldom plays Manhattan, which makes this reunion a rare treat.—James Gavin