Jon Hendricks

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Salud João Gilberto

Jon Hendricks covers some of the classic João Gilberto repertoire. The arrangements are mainly the same as the originals, the key difference being that the lyrics are in English rather than Portuguese. Translating Portuguese lyrics, as well as the essential sound of saudade to be found in most Lusophone singing, is no mean feat. Hendricks pulls it off, however, by adopting a plaintive, resigned, and ever-so-slightly pathetic sounding voice, with which he sings the translations almost completely straight.