A dozen classic bossa recordings by the great Johnny Alf – a key figure in the early days of the movement, with a romantic vocal style forged years before Jobim became a leader, and a dreamy piano style that worked perfectly with his own light compositions. All tracks were recorded between ... read moreCD
A later album from Johnny Alf – and one recorded with a beautifully mature feel overall! The album's filled with great duets – tunes that pair Alf with singers like Gal Costa, Chico Buarque, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, and Leny Andrade – all of whom sound wonderful alongside ... read moreCD
Arnaldo Antunes, Carlinhos Brown, & Marisa Monte —
Tribalistas ... CD EMI, 2002. Used ....
3 of Brazil's most important artists of the past 10 years team up in this Tribalistas project – a genre-blurring set of tracks that recalls similar efforts of the Tropicalista generation, updated to reflect the styles of the 3 artists involved, with some nice complicated production touches ... read moreCD
Clarice Assad —
Home ... CD Adventure Music, 2012. Used ....
Brazilian vocals, with plenty of jazz – a smoker of a set from singer Clarice Assad – with a feel that takes us back to rare indie albums of the 70s and 80s! The instrumentation is great – lots of hard-grooving piano from Clarice, played in these inventive ways that often infuse ... read moreCD
Strong work by Maria Bethania from the late 70s – a session that has her tightening up her sound a bit more than before, but without any loss of her sense of drama or emotion! The album was recorded with a number of different musical backgrounds, including many small group settings with ... read moreCD
One of the earliest of the classic Verve bossa nova sessions of the 60s – and a wonderful showcase for the talents of guitarist Luiz Bonfa! Most of Bonfa's previous recordings were done in a very spare or solo mode – and this set makes a nice change by adding in some larger ... read moreCD
One of the best 80s albums from this always-solid Brazilian artist! Joao's not only in fine form vocally, but he has some top-shelf help from Adair Blanc, who co-wrote most of the songs with Joao, and from Cesar Camargo Mariano, who produced and arranged the whole album. Mariano's talent is the ... read moreCD
An incredible little record with a sound that's unlike anything else we've ever heard before – a set that mixes jazzy inflections on vibes, organ, guitar, percussion, and flute – the last of which is played here by a young Hermeto Pascoal! The set was done after Pascoal's work in ... read moreCD
Brazilian girl pop from the 50s – as you might guess from the title, which is a Portuguese translation of "Stupid Cupid"! The work on the set is as sweetly poppy as the cover – a unique take on American female pop styles of the time, with some slight traces of Brazilian ... read moreCD
Alaide Costa —
Afinal ... CD RGE/Ubatuqui (Spain), 1963. Used ....
Sad and dreamy early 60s work by Alaide Costa – one of the early divas of bossa nova! The album's one of Alaide's most solid from the time – and features backing either by a small combo led by Cesar Camargo, or by a larger group led by Maestro Lindolfo Gaya, the force behind more great ... read moreCD
A wonderful overview of the career of Gal Costa – one that pulls some of the best tracks from albums that begin with 1967's Domingo, and run through Minha Voz, from 1982. The tracks allow you to hear the development of Gal as a singer – starting as a late bossa vocalist, moving into ... read moreCD
A collection of remixes from one of the greatest groups going! Da Lata have one of the strongest sounds going – a mixture of Brazilian rhythms and modern production, steeped in classic jazz influences, and the rich sense of history brought to the group by DJ Patrick Forge. And when they ... read moreCD
Bezerra Da Silva —
Ao Vivo ... CD CID (Brazil), 1999. Used ....
Twin-string magic from Hamilton De Holanda and Yamandu Costa – a live set, but one with a very intimate feel! Instrumentation comes only from Hamilton's 10 string mandolin and Yamandu's 7 string guitar – both unusual instruments that find a wonderful space with each other – ... read moreCD
Miguel De Leon —
Natal ... CD Brazilian Jazz Guy, 2012. Used ....
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 "A ... read moreCD
One of those records that no home should be without – not only a pivotal album in the growth of bossa nova in the 60s – but a set that also really helped set the career of tenorist Stan Getz on fire! The real credit here might almost go to guitarist Charlie Byrd – as Byrd was a ... read moreCD
In a world of supposed crossover Brazilian projects that have mostly lost their roots, the music of Bebel Gilberto is surprisingly refreshing! This daughter of Joao Gilberto (not Astrud) sings in a manner that's in keeping with the classic bossa divas of years past – but she works here in ... read moreCD
Everybody's favorite bossa album just got a little better! Bebel Gilberto's Tanto Tempo set is one of the recent runaway hits of Brazilian music – a lively set of modern bossa tunes that has crossed over with listeners around the globe, bringing the sound of the bossa to a whole new ... read moreCD
Beautiful work from Brazilian mandolin player Hamilton De Holanda – working here on a 10-stringed version of his instrument, in a sound that's warmly emotive and filled with imagination! The overall groove is quite gentle – but Hamilton's strings leap out with soaring energy on the ... read moreCD
Really lovely work from Hamilton De Hollanda – the third entry in his Brasilianos series, and possibly the most compelling so far! Hamilton plays a 10 string mandolin with effortless ease – spinning out rich tones and colors that go far beyond traditional Brazilian use of a bandolim ... read moreCD
A bit more mature than Joelma's debut album – mostly still catchy pop tunes, but sung with a deeper sense of spirit overall. Some of the tracks are Brazilian originals, and others tunes given Portuguese lyrics for the set – and as before, arrangements are by Willy Join, a man with a ... read moreCD
Arto Lindsay —
Prize ... CD Righteous Babe, 1999. Used ....
Madlib takes his Medicine Show to the air – his Flight To Brazil – an 79 minute mix of Brazilian funk, psychedelia, prog and jazz from the past few decades! The set sort of finds Madlib in Beat Konducta mode, mixing myriad found sound grooves into his own tropical mind frack – ... read moreCD
Beautiful live set that has this great guitarist and singer running through a very tight set of Brazilian tracks with a smoking combo that features Fender Rhodes, tenor, flute, trumpet, and percussion. The set features two great readings of Baden Powell/Vinicius De Morais compositions – ... read moreCD
A landmark in Brazilian music – one of the best jazz recordings to come out of the country during the 60s! Saxophonist JT Meirelles heads up a crack combo that includes Luiz Carlos Vinhas on piano and Dom Um Romao on drums – and the set bristles with the intensity of the best American ... read moreCD
Luiz Melodia —
Felino ... CD Polydor (Brazil), 1983. Used ....
When this album was first issued in the mid 90s by EMI, it quietly glided onto the market, with very little effect. Over the past few years, though, the record has slowly been championed by a large number of American critics and musicians, and has come to be one of the most critically acclaimed ... read moreCD
A real departure for Marisa Monte – an album of samba tunes done in mostly traditional modes! The style here is often simple and classic – bits of guitar, percussion, cavaquinho, and slight use of keyboards to warm things up a bit – but mostly in a way that allows for the ... read moreCD
A sweet American recording from the unique Brazil/Japan trio of Paula Morelenbaum, Jacques Morelenbaum, and Ryuichi Sakamoto! As on other albums, the trio features Paula on voice, Jacques on cello, and Ryuichi on piano – but the group's also expanded here with a bit of extra guitar from Luiz ... read moreCD
A beautiful batch of work from pianist Jovino Santos Neto – a very wide range of duets, spread out over one CD recorded in the US, and another in Brazil! Neto's sound here is quite rich, and quite varied – changing up nicely to fit the mood of the artist he's paired with on each track ... read moreCD
Although there's been a few "best of" collections out already by this legendary Brazilian rock group – this volume still stands as the most nicely-selected batch of tracks, and it comes complete with great liner notes that help you really navigate and understand their music. There's ... read moreCD
A legendary album! This previously unreleased album by Os Mutantes was supposed to be their breakthrough album to an English speaking market – but for years it's only been talked about in hushed whispers, and has only been heard by a lucky few! The record was recorded in Paris in 1970 ... read moreCD
Great reissue of the first LP by the Sambalanco Trio, one of the key early bossa groups, and the one whose material is the hardest to find. The CD's got grooves played by a crack Brazilian group with a sound that's beautifully light on the drums, with a nice dancing feel that goes along great with ... read moreCD
A great mix of contemporary acoustic and Brazilian jazz modes – heard here on an album recorded in Rio, but with a fair bit of American guitar influences as well! The production is great, and really gets at the rich sound of Ricardo Silveira's guitar – and backing ranges from acoustic ... read moreCD
Sweet guitar and smooth grooves – a remastered version of this mellow jam from Ricardo Silveira from the mid 90s – brought out with rich new fidelity here in an Adventure Music pressing! There seems to be less of the slickness of the previous issue, and a lot more warmth – that ... read moreCD
Caetano Veloso at the end of the 70s – still sounding wonderful, but in ways that are quite different from his earliest albums! The sound here is more restrained, and more mature – a beautiful example of the songwriting strength that Veloso evolved as his career moved on – tunes ... read moreCD
Billed in the press as "the original bass and drum", this is a wonderful set of rare Batucada percussion tracks, lovingly packaged by Mr Bongo for the hipster London scene. In case you're not familiar with Batucada, it's got that hard, fast percussion sound, with lots of instruments in ... read moreCD
Perhaps the greatest volume in this always-great series! Mr Bongo take another firm dip into their Brazilian bag – and come up with an excellent batch of dancefloor tracks, old and new alike, that sum up the best of funky Brazil! The track selection here is great – with less familiar ... read moreCD
The Brazilian Beats series gets a remake for this 4th volume – and heads into all-new territory to feature a great batch of remix and dancefloor tracks! The tunes include a number of tracks recorded for Mr Bongo over the past few years – the cream of work by some of their ... read moreCD
One of the hippest records we've ever heard with Nostalgia in the title – a great collection of hard-to-find bossa numbers from 60s Brazil, all packaged with a keen ear for the off-kilter! The set features a number of songs you may recognize from the time, but the tracks are often done by ... read moreCD
An amazing document of the Brazilian post-punk scene – served up here with a stark, raw energy that easily matches any work at the time coming out of Sheffield, Manchester, New York, or Berlin! The groups on the set represent a core of the important underground of the period – all acts ... read moreCD
A wonderful collection of Brazilian grooves – all hand-picked by Jazzanova with a real ear for unusual sounds, complicated rhythms, and some of the more beautiful sounds coming out during the 60s and 70s! Most of the work here is of older vintage and Brazilian origin, but the set also ... read moreCD
An early volume in the Red Hot series of benefit compilations, with a Brazilian theme, and as with others in the series, a broad range of artists, often pairing new with old. 21 tracks in all, some with only the most tenuous connection to Brazilian music, but others a brilliant fusion of new ... read moreCD
The Red Hot series returns to Rio – for a 2CD set with a pretty incredible roster – steeped in a love of Brazilian music and featuring many classic and contemporary Brazilian artists as well as international adventurers! It's pretty impressive – if you thought the Red Hot series ... read moreCD
The real sound of Brazilian soul in the 21st Century – the kind of grooves that are going down on soundsystems up in the favelas in Rio, not the hipster bars down at the beaches! There's an unabashed love of American R&B on these tracks – not classic soul from the 70s, or hipster ... read moreCD
A wonderful return to the sounds of modern Brazil – the bass-heavy, bottom-grooving tracks that are playing plenty big in the urban favela scene – and which are a far cry from the mellow and chilled-out cliches of Brazil that are usually pushed in the mainstream! These are the sorts of ... read moreCD
Brazilian booty bass tracks galore – and a set that crackles with the same sort of energy as the Rio Baile Funk collection! Like that one, this collection is made up of mainstream Brazilian funk of the past few years – tracks that are influenced heavily by the bass and crunk of ... read moreCD