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Maria BethaniaCarta De Amor (DVD) ... DVD
Biscoito Fino (Brazil), 2013. New Copy .... $26.99
Right from the start, Maria Bethania showed herself as an artist who could almost shine better in a live setting than a studio one – from her early records, to famous albums that helped define the sound of MPB, to recent gems like this one – which has the singer still very much at the height of her powers! Maria's got this commanding presence that makes us hang upon each and every word – yet she also finds a way to never push things too far, or ever sound like she's forcing her emotion – a quality that may well come from the album's backings from Wagner Tiso, who gives Bethania the same sort of quiet drama he brought to Milton Nascimento's music back in the 70s. The passage of years have done nothing to hold back Maria's tremendous vocals – and the DVD features all the music from both volumes of the CD – with titles that include "Cancoes E Momentos", "Sangrando", "Salmo", "Na Primeira Manha", "Maria Maria", "Cais", "Calunia", "A Dona Do Raio E Do Vento", "Fera Ferida", "Festa", "Lua Branca", "Viola Meu Bem", "Carta De Amor", "Minha Senhora", "Mensagem", and "Quixabeira Reconvexo". DVD
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Carta De Amor Vol 1 ... CD 21.99
Carta De Amor Vol 2 ... CD 21.99

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New Maria BethaniaCarta De Amor Vol 1 ... CD
Biscoito Fino (Brazil), 2013. New Copy .... $21.99
Right from the start, Maria Bethania showed herself as an artist who could almost shine better in a live setting than a studio one – from her early records, to famous albums that helped define the sound of MPB, to recent gems like this one – which has the singer still very much at the height of her powers! Maria's got this commanding presence that makes us hang upon each and every word – yet she also finds a way to never push things too far, or ever sound like she's forcing her emotion – a quality that may well come from the album's backings from Wagner Tiso, who gives Bethania the same sort of quiet drama he brought to Milton Nascimento's music back in the 70s. The passage of years have done nothing to hold back Maria's tremendous vocals – and titles on this first volume include "Cancoes E Momentos", "Sangrando", "Salmo", "Na Primeira Manha", "Maria Maria", "Cais", "Calunia", "A Dona Do Raio E Do Vento", and "Fera Ferida". CD
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Carta De Amor Vol 2 ... CD 21.99
Carta De Amor (DVD) ... DVD 26.99

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New Maria BethaniaCarta De Amor Vol 2 ... CD
Biscoito Fino (Brazil), 2013. New Copy .... $21.99
Right from the start, Maria Bethania showed herself as an artist who could almost shine better in a live setting than a studio one – from her early records, to famous albums that helped define the sound of MPB, to recent gems like this one – which has the singer still very much at the height of her powers! Maria's got this commanding presence that makes us hang upon each and every word – yet she also finds a way to never push things too far, or ever sound like she's forcing her emotion – a quality that may well come from the album's backings from Wagner Tiso, who gives Bethania the same sort of quiet drama he brought to Milton Nascimento's music back in the 70s. The passage of years have done nothing to hold back Maria's tremendous vocals – and titles on this second volume include "Festa", "Lua Branca", "Viola Meu Bem", "Carta De Amor", "Minha Senhora", "Mensagem", and "Quixabeira Reconvexo". CD
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Carta De Amor Vol 1 ... CD 21.99
Carta De Amor (DVD) ... DVD 26.99

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Chico BuarqueNa Carreira – Ao Vivo (DVD) ... DVD
Biscoito Fino (Brazil), 2012. New Copy .... $22.99
An incredible live album from Chico Buarque – one that really grabs us right from the start, and holds us rapt in ways that go far beyond the boundaries of language! Chico's recent albums have all been pretty darn great, but there's really something special to this set – a perfect blend of larger arrangements and the spontaneous setting of a live performance – as Buarque's lead vocals and guitar come into play with some larger orchestrations from Luiz Claudio Ramos – nice and lean, but full of power – and giving Chico some of the best backdrops he's had in years! The record has a sophisticated emotive power – one that's very subtle, and which recalls the careful balance of modes used during the bossa years – even though the record itself is quite a different thing than bossa. Key proof that Buarque's many years in music have continued to be pretty darn great – with titles that include "Sinha", "Futuros Amantes", "Na Carreira", "De Volta Ao Samba", "Rubato", "Querido Diario", "Valsa Brasileira", "Sou Eu", "Geni E O Zepelim", "Baioque", and "Ana De Amsterdam". DVD features a bonus "making of" feature too! DVD
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Raul De SouzaBossa Eterna ... CD
Biscoito Fino (Brazil), 2008. Used .... $14.99
Beautiful bossa work from trombonist Raul DeSouza – a jazzy session that takes us back to his first 60s recordings as Raulzinho! The group's a quartet, with some especially nice work from Joao Donato on piano – a player who really helps shape the sound of the record here, as the album almost feels more like a Donato trio record with Raul joining in, than it does some of the more polished music that DeSouza recorded in previous decades for US audiences. Raul's tone is tremendous, and given that Donato once played trombone too, it's clear that the players have a great sensitivity for each other – a shared talent for keeping things fresh and modern, and avoiding the sorts of cliches that might normally hurt a bossa-revival set like this. The rest of the group features Luiz Alves on bass and Robertinho Silva on drums and percussion – and titles include "Malandro", "A La Donato", "Balanco Zona Sul", "Fim De Sonho", "Bossa Eterna", "Lugar Comum", and "Pingo D'Agua". CD
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Joao Donato, Carlos Lyra, Marcos Valle, & RobertoOs Bossa Nova ... CD
Biscoito Fino (Brazil), 2008. New Copy .... $22.99
A really warm and wonderful little record – one that features the collaborative talents of these four bossa nova giants, all coming together in a really relaxed, intimate setting! Although most of these artists didn't work together in the 60s, they all share a very similar spirit, and come together beautifully here – all four working together on the first and last track in the set, then splitting apart to work in smaller duos, and each take a track or two on their own. Instrumentation is mostly small combo, and warmly jazzy – and Valle, Lyra, Menescal, and Donato all handle the arrangements too – furthering the collaborative spirit of the set. Titles include "Balansamba", "Ate Quem Sabe", "Tereza Da Praia", "Ate O Fim", "Bewitched", "Sextante", "Gente", "Vagamente", "De Um Jeito Diferente", and "Ciume". CD

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New Ivan Lins & Inventa RioInventa Rio Encontra Ivan Lins ... CD
Biscoito Fino (Brazil), 2013. New Copy .... $23.99
One of the coolest albums we've heard from Ivan Lins in years – a collaboration with Italian jazz group Inventa Rio, who serve up some really wonderful versions of his tunes! Ivan sings a bit on the record, and plays keyboards – both other vocals are from a member of the quartet – plus some key guest singers who include Vanessa Da Mata, Jessica Brando, Tosca, Chico Buarque, and Chiara Civello. The album gets a few jazz contributions, too – from the members of the Gnu Quartet, and from the great trumpeter Fabrizio Bosso. Lyrics are all in Italian, which seems to open up a warmer side of Lins' sound – and titles include "O Tempo Me Guardou Voce", "Illuminati", "Cartomante", "Maybe One Day Maybe In Vain", "Nascere Di Nuovo", and "Con Me". CD

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New Edu LoboEdu Lobo & The Metropole Orkest ... CD
Biscoito Fino (Brazil), 2013. New Copy .... $23.99
Some of the boldest, most expressive work we've heard from Edu Lobo in years – a beautiful recording with the Metropole Orchestra, who help Lobo regain all the lofty power of his early 70s years! The arrangements here are full, and full of feeling too – lead vocals by Lobo soaring over the top of his sublime compositions, pushed onward strongly with the full orchestrations of the ensemble –and given some great jazzy undercurrents by the flute and sax work of Mauro Senise! We always like Edu, but the album's a real return to the qualities that first made us fall in love with his music so many years ago – and is continuing proof that the Metropole Orchestra really know how to bring new energy to an artist. Titles include "Vento Bravo", "Canto Triste", "Casa Forte", "Zanzibar", "Ave Rara", "Choro Bandido", "A Bela E A Fera", "Frevo Diabo", and "Danca Do Corrupiao". CD

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New Paula Morelenbaum & Joao DonatoAgua ... CD
Biscoito Fino (Brazil), 2010. New Copy .... $24.99
We've always loved the music of Paula Morelenbaum, but this time around she's really got something special going on – thanks to keyboards and vocals from the legendary Joao Donato! Most of the tunes in the set are Donato numbers – themselves already a treat, but given a little something extra when handled by the master – as Donato's playing both electric and acoustic piano on the set! But maybe even more special are Joao's wonderful vocals – heartfelt and nicely wizened with age – making for a warm contrast to the more youthful modes of Paula. The arrangements are in that perfect Donato mode – light and lively, but never too wispy – and titles include "A Ra", "Cafe Com Pao", "A Paz", "Tudo Tem", "Entre Amigos", "Mentiras", "Ahie", and "Lugar Comum". CD

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Orquestra ImperialOrquestra Imperial Ao Vivo ... CD
Biscoito Fino (Brazil), 2013. New Copy .... $22.99
Beautiful live work from this totally great Brazilian collective – a group who's large enough to win the Orquesta in their name, but who work together with a cohesiveness that's more in a small group mode! The vocals alone are totally great – sung in a shifting lineup that includes Nina Becker, Moreno Veloso, Thalma De Freitas, and Rodrigo Amarante – each of whom bring a different flavor to the proceedings, and deepen the rich spirit of the tunes! Instrumentation is relatively traditional – with lots of great acoustic percussion, guitar, and horns – but given that the trio of Veloso, Dominco, and Kassin are a key part of the group, you can bet that the arrangements have plenty of fresh twists and turns as well. Titles include "Obsessao", "Nao Foi Em Vao", "Matematica Do Desejo", "Rue Des Mes Souvenirs", "Gomalina", "Dr Sabe Tudo", and a totally cool cover of the Perry-Kingsley tune "Popcorn"! CD

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New Monica SalmasoAlma Lirica Brasileira – Ao Vivo ... CD
Biscoito Fino (Brazil), 2012. Used .... $13.99
A beautifully mature recording from Monica Salmaso – a live performance, done in that same blend of sophistication and moody darkness that you might find in some of the best concert albums from Maria Bethania! There's a similar sort of complexity here – in both the emotions of the tunes, and the arrangements – which highlight key instrumentation contributions from Nelson Ayres on piano and Teco Cardoso on saxes and flutes. Titles include "Moite", "Minha Palhoca", "Vespera De Natal", "Valsinha", "Labios Que Beijei", and "Ciranda Da Bailarina". CD

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New Maria BethaniaNoite Luzidia ... CD
Biscoito Fino (Brazil), 2001. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An historic 35th Anniversary show from Maria Bethania – recorded wonderfully, with some really sensitive musical backdrops that perfectly follow the rich mood of the set! The presentation is very personal – as Maria's a bit reflective about her years in music – and the undercurrent of sentimentality brings a warmth to the record that you don't always find from Bethania – even as great as her other albums can be! Arrangements are by Jaime Alem, who also directed the group – and the set also features guest appearances by Ana Carolina, Chico Buarque, Renato Teixeira, Moreno Veloso, Edu Lobo, Dori Caymmi, and Nana Caymmi! Titles include "Noite De Estrelas", "Sem Fantasia", "A Moca Do Sonho", "Alegria", "Maricotinha", "As Cancoes Que Voce Fez Para Mim", and "Juntar O Que Sentir". CD

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New Martinho Da VilaEnredo ... CD
Biscoito Fino (Brazil), 2014. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Soulful samba from the great Martinho Da Vila – still every bit as joyous and lively as during his famous years of the 70s! The album's a rock-solid set from start to finish – and really lives up to Martinho's long musical legacy, which hasn't dimmed a bit – while also finding space for collaborations with guest stars who include Alcione, Beth Carvalho, Maria Freitas, Martinho Tonho, Mart'Nalia, and others. Titles include a host of Da Vila's classics, some worked into medley numbers – with tracks that include "Carlos Gomes", "Tamadare/Rui Barbosa", "Travalhadores Do Brasil", "Prece Ao Sol/Iemanja Desperta", "Raizes/Tribo Dos Carajas", and "Por Ti America/Pra Tudo Se Acabar Na Quarta Feira". CD

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New Bebel GilbertoBebel Gilberto In Rio (DVD) ... DVD
Biscoito Fino (Brazil), 2013. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
A beautiful set in a beautiful setting – Bebel Gilberto in Rio, sounding even warmer and more soulful than ever before! The album's got a depth that goes beyond some of the simple bossa-rework of Gilberto's earliest record, and a maturity that even goes past recent work, too – a factor that may come partially from the musical backings, which were co-produced by Kassin and Liminha, who take traditional elements and make them crackle a bit more – but without any too-contemporary tricks or bossa-remix clunkiness. Some tunes are in English, most are in Portuguese – and Bebel manages to bring together some older classics with lots of her own great work as well. Titles include a great remake of "Bananeira", plus "Simplesmente", "August Day Song", "Rio", "Momento", "Tanto Tempo", "Sun Is Shining", "Samba E Amor", and "Close Your Eyes". DVD
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New Caio MarcioCaio Marcio ... CD
Biscoito Fino (Brazil), 2004. Used .... Out Of Stock
A really beautiful little album from Brazilian guitarist Caio Marcio – a record that features darkly-tinged acoustic guitar work, set amidst rhythmic small group instrumentation with many angular passages – in a mode that almost reminds us of recent orchestrations by Moacir Santos, and has a style that mixes the jazzy with the folkloric. Marcio's guitar work on the set is really great – introspective, but never sleepy, especially given the larger context – and titles include "Choro Com Paco", "Amigo Canaud", "Via Grajau", "Mantra", "Del Mirror", "Ilha De Itacuruca", and "Despedida". CD

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New Francis Hime & GuingaFrancis & Guinga ... CD
Biscoito Fino (Brazil), 2012. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
A beautiful pairing of mature Brazilian talents – working here in a setting that makes both of them shine even brighter than usual! The set features just piano from Francis Hime and guitar from Guinga – and vocals from both – often trading back and forth alongside their instruments, in a stripped-down setting that's wonderfully moody, and really opens up some darker corners in their music! The change is especially great for Guinga – maybe one of the most personal records he's ever cut – and is also a real difference from some of the fuller arrangements you might hear on Hime's larger-format records. Titles include "A Ver Navios", "Mar De Macarana", "Doentia", "Saci/Parintintin", "Cambono/Anoiteceu", and "Saudade De Amar". CD
 
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New Antonio Carlos JobimSymphonic Jobim (aka Jobim Sinfonico) ... CD
Adventure Music, 2002. Used 2CD .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A beautiful set of symphonic tracks based around the work of Antonio Carlos Jobim – work that stretches back to the 50s, up through 60s bossa nova, and even includes some of Jobim's more complicated orchestrations from the 70s! The music is done in the arch-baroque style of other titles on the Biscoito Fino label – with a full symphony orchestra, smaller instrumental groupings, and even some strong vocal performances that drift in and out of the music. The set features re-interpretations of original arrangements by Jobim, Nelson Riddle, Deodato, Claus Ogerman, and others – and was put together by Paulo Jobim. Titles include "Lenda", "Macumba", "O Homem", "Saudade Do Brasil", "Matita Pere", "Chora Coracao", "Bangzalia", "Garota De Ipanema", and "Gabriela". Very nicely done 2CD set! CD

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New Paquito D'Rivera & Trio CorrenteSong For Maura ... CD
Sunnyside, 2013. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
Paquito D'Rivera playing here in a beautiful Brazilian mode – one that recalls the style of older choro recordings, but which still has some of Paquito's Cuban soul as well! Clarinet is the most effective instrument in this setting, and is used often, with some wonderfully deep inflections – but D'Rivera also plays some nice alto sax as well – really soaring out in the setting of the Trio Correte – a group that features Fabio Torres on piano, Paulo Paulelli on bass, and Edu Ribeiro on drums! The vibe of the record is wonderful – never forced or hokey, and handled in a really respectful way – at a level that reminds us a lot of the best instrumental productions from the Brazilian Biscoito Fino label. Titles include "Ceu E Mar", "Song For Maura", "Chorinho Par Voce", "For Leny", "Tem Do", "Recife Blues", and "Saidera". CD

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New Joao CalladoNova Danca ... CD
Joao Collado (Brazil), 2012. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
Cavaquinho with a great dose of jazz – all to make some really wonderful music that does a great job of bridging Brazilian music traditions! Joao Callado plays cavaquinho on the set – using the small stringed instrument with a great sense of grace, and working in a highly rhythmic mode too – one that's perfect for the album's mix of instrumentation that often includes trumpet and tenor, used with jazzy inflections – plus plenty of core percussion and guitar as well! A few cuts have vocals, but most are instrumental – and the album's arguably got even more life and spirit than Joao's previous set for the Biscoito Fino label. Titles include "Valsa Jongo", "Samba Em 3", "Explode O Salao", "2 Pra La 3 Pra CA", "3 Na Marcha", "Tecnovalsa", and "Brisa De Copacabana". CD
 
 
 



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