Killer bossa organ session from the 60s! The session's a tight full-on bossa organ session, with a hard hitting sound, and lots of short hot uptempo grooves. Cuts include "O Sol Nascera", "Samba Do Dom Natural", "Terra De Ninguem", "E Bom Parar", and "Ataque". Very very groovy stuff, with a sound that's a bit similar to some of the Walter Wanderley bossa organ LPs from the time – but with a groove that's a lot rawer and louder! CD
Totally cool, totally wonderful – and a massive set of hardly-heard work from Brazilian keyboardist Djalma Ferreira! Djalma's a name that's not nearly as well-known in the states as Walter Wanderley – but he got his start well before Walter, working in some 50s modes that were mighty darn cool – before exploding even more strongly here on a sublime set of albums from the 60s! Djalma's got a sense of playfulness about his keyboard work – always changing up not just his phrasing of the notes, but also the settings of the organ as well – creating these cool sounds and groovy notes that explode out differently on each new tune – in ways that go far past the usual bossa organ modes, and bring in a host of other Brazilian styles too. The range of sounds in the set is breathtaking – and the package begins the decade with albums cut with the Milionarios Do Ritmo – including the albums Convite Ao Drink (1960) and Drink Em Sao Paolo (1961) – then moves onto some with larger arrangements – the records Combinacao Insuperavel (1962) and Baile De Formatura (1962). Things then swing into the groovy Week End In Rio (1964), the sublime Brazilliance Of Djalma (1965), and the rare US album Help Yourself To The Brazilliance Of Djalma (1969). All albums come with original artwork and great sound – all on CD for the first time ever! CD
A rare session of samba jazz from saxophonist Hector Costita – working here under the name of Don Junior, in a groovy little combo that includes organ from Walter Wanderley and drums from Milton Banana! The tracks have a rhythm that's quite a bit like Wanderley's own albums from the time – older samba rhythms compressed into a jazzier groove, and touched with some nicely echoey sax work from Costita – gliding over the top in a mode that prefaces styles Verve would use heavily in later years! The whole thing's great – with a really groovy sound that's only augmented even more by the spacious recording quality of the session. Titles include "Chorou Chorou", "Samba Do Improviso", "Agua De Beber", "Ternurninha", "Murmurio", "Lamento Bebop", and "Em Hora Errada". CD
Incredibly groovy work from Brazilian organist Ed Lincoln – a quick-fingered player on the Hammond with a talent to rival the skills of Walter Wanderley! Like Wanderley, Lincoln worked in Brazil during the early bossa years – and had a great ear for mixing up samba and bossa rhythms with organ-driven jazz – an approach that was groundbreaking at the time, and still sounds pretty darn amazing all these many years later – especially as it's one approach to the instrument that most American players have never been able to match! The organ lines are nice and clean, and often laid out over fast-moving percussion with lots of deep acoustic elements – all the charm and power of samba and bossa rhythms at their best, made even better by jazzy riffs on the keyboard. This amazing set brings together 6 vintage albums by Ed – all with original cover art and great mastering – most presented here on CD for the first time ever! The 6CD set features the records Orgao Espetacular (1960), Ed Linoln Seu Piano E Seu Orgao (1961), Album No 2 (1962), Ed Lincoln Seu Piano E Seu Orgao (1963), A Volta (1964), and Ed Lincoln (1966). CD
Herbie Mann returns to a Brazilian groove – a vibe that's slightly different than his bossa recordings of the 60s, but still mighty nice! During the previous decade, Mann was one of the biggest proponents of the new bossa sound – and worked on some really classic sides with key Brazilian players. Here, he's moving into a warmer 70s groove – some clubby touches mixed with Brazilian jazz, in a style that's mighty nice, and pretty darn unique – with just the right amount of influence from both sides of the equator! Pat Rebillot arranges, and also plays some great keyboards too – and the core combo is augmented by some larger horns that give things a nice sort of "umph" at all the right spots. Tracks are long, and titles include "Pele", "Oh How I Want To Love You", "O Meu Amor Chorou", and a remake of Joao Donato's "Lugar Comum". CD
A cool contemporary set from Brazil – one that's got a great mix of folksy roots and inventive production – the latter of which comes from some great help in the studio by Kassin! Kassin co-produced the recorded with singer Vitor Patalano – whom himself already has a pretty compelling musical vision – one that almost echoes the hippest aspects of the late 60s/early 70s UK scene on labels like Harvest or Decca – yet which also comes across with a leaner, more personal feel too – one that's amplified strongly by Kassin's efforts. The record's a gem through and through – the sort that might have broke big, had it come out on a hipster label in the US – but even better as a Brazilian secret (at least for now!) Lyrics are all in English – and titles include "Cordillera Girl", "Not The Time", "Seagulls", "Death Cheating Tuna Cowboys", "Butcher The Savior", "We Want Your Genes", and "The Core". CD
That's Brasil 65, not Brasil 66 – a distinction that marks a key early stage for the great Sergio Mendes – heard here on one of his first albums to mix together bossa jazz and vocals! The approach here is a bit more like vintage bossa dates from Brazil – or a bit like some of the Verve bossa records too – as Sergio's core trio is at the heart of every tune, playing with a great jazzy approach – then augmented in different ways by alto and flute from Bud Shank, guitar from Rosinha De Valenca, and vocals from the lovely Wanda De Sah! Production is perfect – really in a classic Elenco Records mode – and titles include "Let Me", "Consolacao", "Tristeza Em Mim", "Muito A Vontade", "Reza", "Berimbau", and "Aquarius". LP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful bossa from the great Roberto Menescal – and a set that features breezy vocals from Andrea Amorim in the lead, with a style that's a lot like some of Menescal's previous projects with Wanda Sa! Menescal plays acoustic guitar, handles arrangements, and sings a bit too – bringing a mature sensibility to the record that really keeps the proceedings in a classic bossa mode, while still showing some of the freshest touches we've heard from him in years – quite possibly because Amorim's such a delightful partner for the project! Production is a bit more personal than other recent Menescal projects, and the phrasing of both guitars and vocals is mighty nice – way more than just a bossa copycat session. Titles include "A Morte De Um Deus De Sal", "Eu Canto Meu Blues", "Agarradinhos", "O Barquinho", "Bye Bye Brasil", "Nos E O Mar", and "Solidao Nunca Mais". CD
A host of female singers take on the music of Roberto Menescal – in a sweet little set that also features arrangements, production, and instrumentation from Menescal himself! The mode here is similar to that great update of his bossa styles that Roberto crafted in recent years with Wanda Sa – yet this time around, the singers are Cely Curado, Mracia Tauil, Nathalia Lima, and Sandra Dualibe – who each get a chance to shine in the lyrical spotlight. Menescal also sings a bit – and titles include "Me Diz", "Voce", "Clube Da Bossa", "3 x 4", "Eu E A Musica", and "O Brasil Precisa Balancar". CD
Cool sounds from Sergio Murillo – a singer whose style here is right up in the same mode as the mid 60s Jovem Guarda in Brazil! Like that scene, Sergio's approach here is heavily rooted in American rock – particularly the core modes of a few years before – served up with lots of twang on the guitar and echo in the production – both qualities that really give the tunes a heck of a lot of power, even if you can't understand the lyrics! Guitar work is especially nice – with a deftness that moves past the warmer style of Sergio's vocals. The set was recorded live in Peru, with backing from Los 007 – and titles include "Tres Estrellas Brillan En La Noche", "No Quisiera", "Lagrimas", "La Bruja", "Deja Eso Ya", and "No Se Lo Que Hago". CD also features 7 more bonus tracks – including "Azucar", "Playboy", "Corazoncito", and "Pra Chatear". CD
Groovy cats from 60s Brazil – a hip rocking quartet who clearly draw influences both from mod London and the Sunset Strip scene – but who also manage to make things come out in a style that's all their own! Guitar is at the lead on most of these tracks – often played with a twang that's simply wonderful, and captured with echoey production that also does wonders for the group's groovy rhythms and hip Hammond lines. Organ is never too out front, but instead burns in the background to let the guitar really take fire – and titles include "Esqueca", "Day Tripper", "Ciranda Do Le Le Le No 2", "Tchinf", "The More I See You", "Cosy", and "Recordando Carnaval". CD
Gracinha Leporace —
Gracinha ... CD
1968. New Copy ....
Around November 6, 2013 (delayed)
An obscure late 60s bossa set – done with some wonderfully jazzy arrangements by Oscar Castro Neves! Vocalist Gracinha Leporace is in the lead, and the backings feature tight work on drums, plus occasional use of organ, which gives some tracks an almost Walter Wanderley-ish feel. Other tracks have a more sophisticated approach, and overall, the set's a surprisingly deep album for its type. Titles include "Prece", "Cancao Da Desesperanca", "Ultima Batucada", "Rancho De Ano Novo", "A Saudade Fez Um Samba", "Sem Saida", "Cantiga", and "Em Tempo". CD
A great little live set from Sergio Mendes and his Brasil 65 group – a pre-Brasil 66 combo that features Wanda De Sah on vocals and Rosinha De Valenca on guitar! The style here is more traditionally Brazilian bossa than Sergio's later work on A&M – a fluidly jazzy groove captured with a good sense of intimacy despite the live setting – and issued by Atlantic as a nice antidote to some of the more watered-down bossa work on the US market! The vocals are wonderful – often spare and a bit more fragile than the two-voiced sound of A&M – and titles include "Tem Do De Mim", "Noa Noa", "Caminho De Casa", and "Arrastao". CD
Orlann Divo (aka Orlandivo) —
Orlann Divo ... LP Musidisc/Whatmusic (UK), 1963. New Copy (reissue)....
$11.99Just Sold Out!
Warm bossa grooves – and the second album by Orlandivo, billed here on the cover as Orlann Divo! The album's a great batch of instrumentals – jazzy, with a mix of percussion, bass, and organ that's quite different from the usual bossa album of its type – much more expansive, and much more chance-taking. The use of organ is incredible – really weird at times, pushing the sonic qualities of the instrument in ways that you'd never hear on a Walter Wanderley album from the same time – and the nature of the tunes is great too, and really pushes past the usual batch of bossa covers and standards to come up with some great off-kilter styles. Features work by Ed Lincoln, Rubens Bassini, and Waltel Branco – and titles include "Samba No Japao", "Zezinho", "Amor Quadradinho", "Afim De Voce", "Vira Lata", "Somos Tres", "Saudade Em Seu Lugar", "Faz De Conta", and "Brincando De Samba". LP, Vinyl record album