Os Tres Brasileiros (aka Os Tres Morais) —
Brazil LXIX ... CD Capitol/Universal (Japan), 1969. New Copy ...
Excellent work from Os Tres Brasileiros – better known in Brazil as Os Tres Morais! The group, like many, were a Brazilian ensemble who recorded in America under a different name – one that might be more "catchy" for the American audiences – but apart from that shift, their music is all authentic all the way – with a wonderful harmony vocal sound that follows in the tradition of Quarteto Em Cy or Tamba Trio! Even better, the album has an organist backing the group up – with sweet bubbling notes that sound a lot like the work of Walter Wanderley, and which give the album an even nicer groovy touch! The whole thing's incredible – a real treat all the way through, with great originals like "Sambamor", "Jequi-Bach", "Outono", and "Brincando De Samba" – plus sweet covers like "Days Of Wine & Roses", "Moon River", and "The Shadow Of Your Smile". CD
Wanda de Sah —
Softly ... CD Capitol/Universal (Japan), 1965. New Copy ...
A lost bossa classic from Wanda De Sah – aka Wanda Sa, the wife of Edu Lobo, and a singer who worked with Sergio Mendes in his pre-Brasil 66 days! The album's got a wonderfully laidback feel – languid, yet jazzy, with the feel of some of Astrud Gilberto's best work on Verve, yet with vocals that are possibly better – thanks to Wanda's pedigree in Brazilian pop. Recordings were done in California, not Rio – and arrangements are handled by the great Jack Marshall – who's got a strong ear for keeping things interesting with a mix of strings, Latin rhythms, and Capitol pop shadings. Titles include "Aqua De Beber", "Ho Ba La La", "Sweet Happy Life", "The Dreamer", and a great version of "Aruanda". CD
Killer stuff by an artist who dominated Brazil's pop charts in the late 60s with his brilliant soulful recordings! Wilson Simonal had a deep rich voice, and the arrangements on his classic EMI/Odeon recordings have a similar feel to some of the soul music released on Capitol in the US during the same time – but with the obvious Brazilian touches, of course. Most of Wilson's best work has been out of print for years, but this great 2CD set brings together 33 killer tracks, with many classics like "Sa Marina", "Pata Pata", "A Banda", "Zazueira", "Lagrima Flor", "Pais Tropical", "Lobo Bobo", "Nana", "Passarinho", "Balanco Zona Sul", "Mustang Cor De Sangue", and "Tributo A Martin Luther King". CD
(Out of print.)
Wanda Sa —
Vagamente ... CD RGE/Clinck (Japan), 1964. New Copy ...
Around August 15, 2014 (delayed)
A stunning early bossa session by Wanda Sa – the singer who recorded for Capitol in the US under the name Wanda De Sah – but who sounds even better here in her native Brazil! Roberto Menescal put the session together, and it's filled with all of the inventive twists and turns of his own 60s work on Elenco – bits of organ, piano, flute, and percussion all sliding around magically underneath the vocals – played by a variety of groups led by Menescal, Tenorio Jr, Luiz Carlos Vinhas, and Deodato! But even more than the instrumentation, Wanda's vocals are really the star of the set – a bit breathy and nicely restrained – almost like Nara Leao in her youth, and perfectly recorded in the best RGE tradition! Titles include "Adriana", "Tristeza De Nos Dois", "Vagamente", "Vivo Sonhando", "Encontro", "Inutil Paisagem", and "E Vem O Sol". Nicely priced reissue from Brazil – with 3 bonus tracks that include "So Nice", "Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars", and "To Say Goodbye". CD