The first über-hip five-song effort, Smokey & Miho, features self-penned material, along with a cover of an obscure Angolan pop song by Euclides F. Pereira. On the follow-up disc, Tempo de Amor, the group sticks closer to its initial inspiration, covering four songs off the Afro Sambas album, as well as a fifth vintage Powell/De Moraes composition, "Consolação." The result is a true delight -- Hormel matches Powell's economy and grace, while Hatori recalls the blasé cool of Rio divas like Astrud Gilberto and the original Os Afro Sambas' singers -- particularly since the 1966 record remains mysteriously hard to find, even in this groovy age of CD reissues.
After a stopover in S.F. last summer, Smokey & Miho plays a welcome encore this week. Expect an elegant, affectionate homage to the glory days of Brazilian pop, along with some unexpected twists and turns from the band's wide-ranging repertoire.