A key album in the modern samba scene of the 70s – Alcione's classic A Voz Do Samba set, as strong a female samba album as you'd hope to find! The instrumentation's got a nice rootsy feel, and Alcione's vocals take full advantage of modern production styles – soulfully hitting a nice ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
We've never really been sure if this is a compilation of earlier stuff, or some re-recordings that were put together for Island in the 70's. Whatever the case, though, it's a terrific set of tracks featuring Jorge's husky soulful voice, and a nice set of funky samba arrangements. Tracks include ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)
Luiz Bonfa —
Bonfa ... LP Dot, Late 60s. Very Good+ ...
One of Bonfa's better pop-bossa efforts of the 60s, and a record that features some pretty solid arrangements by Deodato. The record's still a mix of easy tunes and bossa ones, with the usual confusion of some of Bonfa's other American records – but the groove is pretty solid Now Sound stuff ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very cool album recorded by Luiz Bonfa in the US, with cool electric arrangements by Deodato, and a sound that's unlike anything else he's ever done! Some tracks even get downright funky, and there's a nice break or two on here, if you're the type that digs for that sort of thing. Titles include ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent set of lively samba tunes – played with lots of jazzy flourishes, and instrumentation that includes trombone, guitar, and accordion! LP, Vinyl record album
Chico Buarque —
Vida ... LP Philips (Brazil), 1980. Very Good ...
Just Sold Out!
An album with as much depth and richness as the title might imply – a wonderful record from Chico Buarque's newly sophisticated years at the end of the 70s! The set's got a quality that's almost timeless – an interwoven blend of styles that features some of Chico's modes from earlier ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Uruguayan pressing. Cover has some wear, a few stains, and a factory sticker on the back.)
Dorival Caymmi —
Setenta Anos ... LP FUNARTE (Brazil), 1984. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ...
An unusual later album from the great one! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes inserts. Cover has ring & edge wear and some pen on back.)
Jazzy Brazilian drummer Paulinho Da Costa lays down a set of tight fusion cuts recorded in the U.S., along with folks like Larry Carlton, James Gadson, and Philip Bailey. There's vocals on about half the tracks, and the sound is sort of LA studio fusion from the 70's, with a nice bit of Brazil ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the original inner sleeve. Cover has a few creases and light stains at the bottom.)
The legendary meeting of the two biggest Brazilian keyboard talents of the 70s – Joao Donato and Eumir Deodato – coming together in beautifully funky formation! The sound is a great blend of the moody electric work of Donato's classic Quem E Quem album, and some of the fuller, funkier ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the moodiest Verve albums from Astrud Gilberto – a set that has some surprising arrangements by Gil Evans – working here on one of his few 60s dates with a singer! Astrud's blue-tinged vocals work perfectly with Evans' backdrops – and Al Cohn also takes over the helm on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A breezy bossa classic from Jobim – recorded in LA, in case you couldn't tell from the cover image that has ol' AC standing with his guitar in a Pacific sunset! The sound's got a nice easy finish – with arrangements by Deodato and Maestro Gaya that are very much in the spirit of Jobim's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear. Vinyl plays with a short click on side 1, track 2.)
Pretty great stuff from Jobim – later than the classic years, but with a dark sophisticated sound that's pretty darn compelling. The album features larger orchestrations by Claus Ogerman, and in a way, it's similar to the Jobim album on Decca from 1973 – in that it's got all the simple ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some tape residue along the seams and light staining from age.)
Sergio Mendes & Brasil 77 —
Home Cooking ... LP Elektra, 1976. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
One of Sergio Mendes' most electric outings from the 70s – a tasty mixture of LA fusion, Brazilian rhythms, and the group's unique twin female vocal lead! The mix of sounds is wonderful – and makes for a really solid album that shows how much soul Sergio had soaked up in the decade he'd ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sort of a repackaging of the Brasil '65 album on Capitol – done here in a pressing by Pickwick that features a very psychedelic cover! The record's a mixed bag of tracks that has some bossa piano trio stuff, plus some vocal cuts with Wanda De Sah, the alto and flute of Bud Shank, and the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Clara Nunes —
Claridade ... LP Odeon (Brazil), 1975. Very Good Gatefold ...
70s samba magic from Clara Nunes – one of those singers who managed to make an already deep genre sound even better! The set's got a simple and honest approach that's really fresh, and never too overblown – allowing Clara to be expressive without falling into cliche, very much in the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nice of batucada tracks, with 6 long tracks, all played with a good raw percussive vibe: 'Rtimo Da Pesada", "Ole De Tamborim", "Deixa Como Esta", "Sarro No Cafofo", "Ouricando A Mocada" and "So No Apito". LP, Vinyl record album
A classic batch of Bay Area Brazilian grooves – recorded in the sweet breezy electric style of the Fantasy studios, and featuring the vocals of the lovely Flora Purim in the lead! The session's got a great mix of Brazilian and American fusion players – including Airto (of course!), Ron ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Excellent work from Flora Purim – one of the wonderful west coast bits of Braziliana recorded in the Fantasy Records studios during the mid 70s! The record's a perfect example of the greatness that arose when Brazil's best talents had the chance to work with some of America's best jazz and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible set of Brazilian jazz – one of the few albums that percussionist Dom Um Romao recorded as a leader, and sublime all the way through! The record's got a wonderful blend of funky fusion and Brazilian percussion – and features a group from two continents that includes Sivuca ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An album with a love-styled title, but one that's a lot darker than you might expect – put together with some of the moodier undercurrents you might find in the work of Maria Bethania, although with Simone's own sense of musical balance overall. The album's got a somber, serious approach at ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing with lyric sleeve. Cover has a promo stamp, some wear, and several small light stains.)
The title kind of gives this one away – as the album features Elza's incredible vocals over a set of hard-driving carnival tracks, most with lively samba rhythms. Nelsinho directed the group with a heavily percussive sound – and Elza's emotive vocals reach over the top of the darkly-tin ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has clear tape on the seams – record is nice and clean.)
One of the most important early albums by Marcos Valle – a set of instrumental tracks recorded with lots of acoustic guitar! Even though Valle was well known as a singer and composer of bossa nova tunes, the set instead focuses on his instrumental work – recording his guitar ala Jobim ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed 60s pressing! Cover has a small cutout hole.)
Mellow bossa guitar – in the tradition of Bonfa or Gilberto, but lacking the same sort of soul. Not bad, but kind of a "cash in on the big names" release by Capitol – although the record was originally recorded in Brazil, so it's at least got some sort of cred. Titles ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole, some tape on the spine, a bit of pen, and WGN letters in marker on back.)
An album that not only broke the bossa big in the US – but a set that also really helped transform the sound of the organ in jazz! Not only is the record a key meeting of bossa rhythms and jazz organ – transplanted hugely to the US after a big initial Wanderley run in 60s Brazil – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has waviness & some staining.)
Paul Winter —
Rio ... LP Columbia, Mid 60s. Very Good ...
Even though Paul Winter's always been a little bit of a phony, this bossa LP on Columbia is pretty good stuff! The record was recorded with some of Brazil's best bossa players – like Luiz Bonfa, Roberto Menescal, and Luiz Eca (of Tamba Trio fame). John Hammond produced the session, so you ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label 2 eye pressing. Cover has a tracklist sticker, some marker, and a center split on the top seam.)