I first heard her coming through the stereo one summer's afternoon in a small wine bar overlooking the bay.
There's something about the beach, summer and Latin music - it's as though they are part of the same sensuous experience. I had never heard of Bebel Gilberto before (although I knew of her famous father) but I was hooked.
On Tanto Tempo, she recasts the spell of a bygone era with simplicity, elegance and style.
She rediscovers and reinterprets her Brazilian roots with freshness and a new millennium feel.
But yet there's also something familiar and reassuring here - the samba of the 60s with its gentle, romantic nuances and its soft Latin undercurrents.
Tanto Tempo proves that sometimes the more things change the more they remain the same.
FIVE STARS for this beautiful and totally unexpected set.