Elza Soares, The Woman at the End of the World (A Mulher do Fin do Mundo) (Maisium Discos)
This was sent to me to coordinate with the Olympics in Brazil and I was captivated by it from the first spin. But I had never heard of Elza Soares before. I insist I owe it to my audience to know where something I’m touting fits into the body of the performer’s work (for all I knew, this could have been one of her duller releases). But it took me so long to get a mid-period fusion album and an early straight-Brazilian pop release that Woman at the End of the World was too long gone. And it is a marvel because at a way advanced age she has cut her most radical and avant album. Remains an important year-end story.