Before the bossa, there was Ary Barroso and his lively samba and baiao compositions. This beautiful late 50s album features a stunning host of them, played in a pretty laidback sort of way, with Ary at the piano, backed by a smaller rhythm group, and some occasional larger arrangements. A few ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a split bottom seam, half split spine, and some stains.)
Chico Buarque —
Construcao ... LP Philips (Brazil), 1971. Very Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
If you've ever been wondering which album to get by Chico Buarque – this is it! The record's a stunning batch of sophisticated sides, done in collaboration with Roberto Menescal, and with help from Jobim and MPB4! The album builds on the style of Buarque's excellent late 60s songwriting, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing, includes the insert. Cover has some surface wear.)
Gal Costa —
Plural ... LP Ariloa (Brazil), 1990. Near Mint- ...
Leo Gandelman produced this one, and it's got sort of a modern jazzy sound that sits well with some of Gal's singing on here, especially on standards like "I Didn't Know What Time It Was" and "Begin the Beguine". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has an unglued bottom seam and a ding on one corner.)
A landmark bit of bossa – one of the first albums ever recorded by Joao Donato, the Brazilian pianist whose styles would go onto influence many in the coming years! Joao's got an incredibly fluid touch on the keys – gentle but jazzy, filled with lots of warm and soulful overtones that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(This is a Brazilian 2nd pressing on the Polyfar subsidiary of Polygram, from 1979. Cover has a few creases.)
A tremendous little album from Joyce – a rare session originally only issued in Italy, recorded in a folksy style that's a bit different than her other work! Tracks are all pretty short – many under 2 minutes long – and feature spare guitar, percussion, and lovely vocals from ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Light and lovely tunes from Nara Leao – a sweet mid 70s session that's filled with great vocals and a fair bit of acoustic guitar! The sound here isn't nearly as dark as Leao's work of the 60s – and even as some of her albums from a few years before – but the record's still rich ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great one from Nara Leao's "back to bossa" years in the late 80s – a set that has the lovely vocalist working through older American standards – but done here with new lyrics in Portuguese and some great bossa backings from Roberto Menescal! Menescal's airy style proved to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sweet little pairing of the keyboards of Sergio Mendes and the early arranging styles of Dave Grusin – and a set that's quite different than some of Sergio's vocal albums with Brasil 66! The style here is all instrumental – and Mendes plays both piano and electric piano, plus a bit ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue & green label pressing.)
Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 —
Ye-Me-Le ... LP A&M, 1969. Very Good+ ...
Way past the hits, and into some really great territory – a move that makes the record one of our favorite Sergio Mendes sets for A&M! The sweeter bossa pop style here is undercut with a bit more influence from late 60s Brazilian grooves – some of the more baroque turns that Sergio' ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic live set from 1978, featuring Elis at the height of her interpretive powers, performing with backing by Cesar Mariano and his fusiony CIA group. The sound is nicely electric, with elements of rock and jazz blending beautifully behind Elis' rich vocals. Mariano plays Fender Rhodes in a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has an import sticker on back.)