The Most Musical Man in the World Turns 85

I want to celebrate the birthday of one of my musical heroes. But first I need to tell you what he does, and why you should care. In this case, that’s not easy. How do I even begin to describe Hermeto Pascoal? It’s possible—perhaps even likely— that you’ve haven’t heard any of his music. Pascoal has never enjoyed a genuine hit record in the United States, and I can’t even recall hearing his music on the radio. I own some choice albums by the man they call

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