“Gilberto matters not simply because he sets rather extreme terms of engagement — itself a bold stance in our look-at-me age. But because out of that, he creates art that offers rare and elusive truths about what it means to be alive, in love, devoted to something other than the self. He may be removed from the spotlight, his work nearly forgotten, but his example endures as a high-level argument for that fast-disappearing quality at the root of so much great art: Nuance. After João Gilberto, just about everything sounds like shouting.”
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