An excellent album by one of the greatest Brazilian funk bands ever! Band Black Rio were the stuff of legends back in the 70s – an all-funky powerhouse, with inspiration from American groups like Kool & The Gang and Ohio Players, but a uniquely Brazilian approach that also threw in some added percussion and lots of jazzy phrasing! This album's one of the group's best – all-solid, all the way through – and filled with really wonderful numbers that never fail to groove with universal appeal. Titles include "Mr. Funky Samba", "Junia", "Casa Forte", "Maria Fumaca", and "Metalurgia". LP, Vinyl record album
Great compilation by Soul Jazz, featuring some of the best-ever tracks by this legendary Brazilian funk group, packaged together in a great package. And if you're the type to be a little wary of the phrase "Brazilian funk", don't be, because this is great jazzy stuff, and is as good as any of the tracks on either of the Kool & the Gang live albums – and this is in fact maybe an even better album than either of those, since it has no Jimmy Webb covers. A monster album, solid all the way through. LP, Vinyl record album
(Long out of print!)
Seu Jorge —
Carolina ... LP Mr Bongo (UK), 2002. New Copy 2LP ....
$19.99Out Of Stock
A HUGE batch of samba-soul grooves from Seu Jorge! Jorge previously knocked around Brazil as a member of the late 90s pop group Farofa Carioca, but his first solo outing is a massive step forward into the upper echelon of the Brazilian scene! Like the best of his contemporaries, Jorge uses the rich history of samba and bossa as a springboard – but it's the pronounced contemporary qualities, such as production and mix work by Beastie Boy producer Mario Caldato – that push Carolina way over the top and make it much more than a genre exercise! The title track echoes the earlier work of Jorge Ben, who actually pens the reggae-inflected tune "Em Nagoya Eu Vi Eriko", and the tracks "Mangueira" and "O Samba Tai" have the classic samba groove and crisp background vocals that would sound right in place on Tom Ze's Se O Caso E Chorar. "Hagua" has a deep reggae thump, and nearly everything here has kind of a 70s soul feel thanks to some bright, almost Kool & The Gang-like horn arrangements! The group includes Azymuth drummer Mamao, Paulinho Black on bass, Banda Black Rio's William Magalhaes on keyboards, and Josimar Monteiro on violin. Another great new solo artist from Brazil, and one that we expect amazing things from in the years to come! LP, Vinyl record album