A groovy blend of bossa themes and some of the lighter pop treatments that Bonfa often received – not really a problem for us, as the approach always filled out his sound a bit more, and made for some catchy tunes with a very groovy style! Tracks include "Bahia Soul", "Dois Amores", "Song Of The Hills", "Dreamy", "Samba De Orfeu", "Na Paz Do Amor", and "Rancho De Orfeu" – and arrangements are by Deodato, Bonfa, and Arnold Goland. LP, Vinyl record album
A standout early album from LuizBonfa – one that features larger orchestrations than a number of his other sides, as well as a good blend of vocals in addition to Bonfa's haunting work on guitar. The album's got a full, rich sound – one that takes Bonfa to territory that we'd never expected, showing him to be a much more expressive artist than you'd hear on some of his "guitar with arrangements" sets. Maria Toledo sings on a few numbers as well, and titles include "Melancolia", "Mania De Maria", "Amor Demais", "Menina Flor", "Chorou Chorou", "Fio De Cancao", and "Indiferenca". CD
One of the all time great ones! This mad bit of music was composed for the film by LuizBonfa and Antonio Carlos Jobim, and it's a crazy mix of batucada, samba, and a bit of bossa nova. The soundtrack takes all of the musical bits, and it mixes them up into an insane collage of sound effects, speaking, and music. It sounds incredible, and it's even more spooky than the movie. With loads of classics that you'll recognize – but done in a crazy crazy way – like "Felicidade", "O Nosso Amor", and "Manha De Carnaval". Plus, this CD also includes a 13-minute medley of tracks from the score, performed by Bola Sete at the 1966 Monterey Jazz Fest! CD
One of the greatest soundtracks ever – a record that set a whole new standard for audio representation of a film! The mad music for the set was composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim, with lyrics by Vincius De Moraes – and performed by LuizBonfa on guitar – but despite such prime bossa pedigree, the whole thing's got a sound that goes way beyond the familiar – a crazy mix of batucada percussion, samba rhythms, bossa guitar, and loads of sound effects from the film – so much so that the first half of the record is almost a sound-for-sound replication of the first 20 minutes of the movie! The sound collage is amazing – an extremely unique approach to soundtrack representation, and one that's never been done so beautifully since. A truly breathtaking record, filled with mindblowing sounds – and an early example of the genius that would explode in 60s music in Brazil. Some key bossa classics are represented here in early versions – including "Felicidade", "O Nosso Amor", and "Manha De Carnaval" – but they're wrapped up in odd sounds and rhythms that really make them sound different! LP, Vinyl record album
A pretty unique record from this famous Brazilian guitarist! Luiz recorded this set in New York – and it's a superb solo guitar session that has him playing the instrument as a "miniature orchestra", shading in a rich array of colors, tones, and harmonic spaces through his expert manipulation of the strings. There's still a bit of his earlier bossa phrasing in the record – but it mostly shows Bonfa as a richly talented individual on his instrument, moving past simple instrumental modes into virtuoso territory! Titles include "Adventure In Space", "Reflections", "Enchanted Mirror", "Concerto For Guitar", and "Rain". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green label pressing. Cover has some wear and a small split in the top seam.)
LuizBonfa/Eumir Deodato —
Gentle Rain ... LP Mercury, 1965. Used ...
Temporarily Out Of Stock
A dreamy little soundtrack to this lesser-known film – but a real bossa classic from the 60s, featuring original tunes by LuizBonfa and orchestrations by Deodato! The sound of the set is really wonderful – sometimes fragile, sometimes full – with a juxtaposition that beautifully links American soundtrack modes of the 60s and some of the bossa innovations associated with Bonfa and Deodato. Deodato's orchestrations are possibly the best side of the set – often light and airy with a similar approach to his Os Gatos work – but served up here in shorter snippets that allow a lot of variation on color and theme throughout the record. Album includes classic readings of "The Gentle Rain", "O Ganso", and "Non Stop To Brazil" – plus the tracks "Judy's Story", "Please Help Me One More Time", "Copa Beach", "It's Tempting", "Saturday In Rio", and "Across A Table". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a stained corner and cutout hole.)
One of the greatest soundtracks ever – a record that set a whole new standard for audio representation of a film! The mad music for the set was composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim, with lyrics by Vincius De Moraes – and performed by LuizBonfa on guitar – but despite such prime bossa pedigree, the whole thing's got a sound that goes way beyond the familiar – a crazy mix of batucada percussion, samba rhythms, bossa guitar, and loads of sound effects from the film – so much so that the first half of the record is almost a sound-for-sound replication of the first 20 minutes of the movie! The sound collage is amazing – an extremely unique approach to soundtrack representation, and one that's never been done so beautifully since. A truly breathtaking record, filled with mindblowing sounds – and an early example of the genius that would explode in 60s music in Brazil. Some key bossa classics are represented here in early versions – including "Felicidade", "O Nosso Amor", and "Manha De Carnaval" – but they're wrapped up in odd sounds and rhythms that really make them sound different! Expanded edition features 7 bonus tracks – 3 on CD for the first time ever – plus notes on the music. CD
One of the earliest of the classic Verve bossa nova sessions of the 60s – and a wonderful showcase for the talents of guitarist LuizBonfa! 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 orchestrations – yet still handled with great bossa sensitivity by Oscar Castro Neves and Lalo Schifrin – themselves very big up-and-coming talents at the time! The sound is bright and breezy, as you'd expect from Verve at this time – and Bonfa's a lot livelier than usual, and even sings on a number of cuts – with a charming quality that's a bit like Joao Gilberto. Titles include "Bossa Nova Cha Cha", "Sambalamento", "Vem So", "Samba De Duas Notas", "Domingo A Noite", "Quebra Mar", and "Adeus". CD
A pretty darn nice set of tracks that has Luiz mellow moody guitar augmented by some breezy easy arrangements by Pete Spargo. The overall feel is less bossa than it is mellow pop instrumental – but there's a wonderfully airy quality on the best tracks, with guitar, piano, and some wordless vocals floating around very nicely. Titles include "Xavente", "Non Stop To Brazil", "Sanctuary", "Tijuca", "Giselle", and "On The Sand". LP, Vinyl record album
A great guitar session from late 60s Brazil – bossa at its core, but with some other groovy touches too! Guitarist Heraldo Do Monte plays light acoustic, in a style that's right up there with LuizBonfa or Baden Powell – but the overall setting of the album also gives a nod towards some of the more advanced changes going on in Brazilian instrumental music at the time – the first inkling of some of the Blue Brazil touches from EMI/Odeon, with a deeper sophistication in some of the arrangements than just straight bossa. A few moments are straight ahead, mixed with others that have a nice degree of darkness – and titles include "Teletema", "My Cherie Amour", "Recit De Cassard", "Que Maravilha", "Casa Forte", and "Moanin". CD
A great 50s session from guitarist Bill Harris – known for his work in The Clovers, but a great jazz player as well! The sound here is really unique – very different than even his other albums of the time – in that Bill is playing solo acoustic guitar, in a style that's almost like that of LuizBonfa in the early days – light, airy, and very rhythmic – dancing out with a bit of swing, but also some tendencies we might be tempted to call early bossa! The whole thing's quite different than what you might expect for a player with R&B roots – and titles include "Daahoud", "Ethyl", "Wind Song", "Jordu", "Concerto For Jazz", and "Poinciana". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and a bit of clear tape on the spine.)
Not the entire Brazilian scene – but a sweet little set with some wonderful bossa numbers! About half the record features the initial album recorded by Ze Maria – the great Tudo Azul, a lost bossa organ classic – and a set that features some vocals by Jorge Ben! The album's a rare gem from early 60s Brazil, and features Ben singing in the same soulful style as on his own early records – dancing lightly over grooves set down by organist Ze Maria, who has a wonderful sound that's a lot like Walter Wanderley! The whole thing's a dream, and features early versions of Ben's own tracks "Mas Que Nada" and "Por Causa De Voce Menina" – plus the tracks "A Vida Do Negro", "Influencia Do Jazz", "Tudo Azul", and "Samba Do Aviao". Other tracks are from a variety of Brazilian sources – and include "Murmurio" by LuizBonfa, "Consolacao" by Baden Powell, "Uirapuru" by Heitor Villa Lobos, "Lento" by Radames Gnattali, and "Serenata Do Telecoteco" by Gilberto Gil. CD
Music from Joao Gilberto, LuizBonfa, Baden Powell & others. CD
Modern Jazz Quartet —
Sheriff ... CD Atlantic/Wounded Bird, 1963. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A moody early 60s set by the great MJQ for Atlantic – for the first time on CD! Overall the group rolls and swings in a bit rougher mode than they do on their brighter efforts, but they still hit the sweet spot and swing when the mood fits! The record works best when Milt Jackson's vibes are let loose, as on the playful reading of "Mean To Me", and John Lewis's piano sets the mood as in "Carnival" (the LuizBonfa tune). Other tracks include Lewis's "The Sheriff", "In A Crowd", "Donnie's Theme" and "Natural Affection", plus "Bachianas Brasileiras". CD
They definitely got the title right on this sweet set from Romero Lubambo – as the vibe is even more Brazilian than some of his other records – a great batch of solo guitar instrumentals, all with a vibrant quality that takes us back to the early bossa years of Joao Gilberto and LuizBonfa! The album's dedicated to Oscar Castro Neves – another key bossa creator – and Lubambo finds a way to keep things faithful while still bringing lots of his own feeling and expression to the music – particularly his ear for a deeper, wider tone on the acoustic guitar – ringing out here with this subtle sense of majesty. Titles include "Brigas Nunca Mais", "Pedra Bonita", "Voce E Eu", "Song For Kaya", "Luisa", "Coisa Mais Linda", "Laura", and "By The Stream". CD
Paul Winter —
Rio ... LP Columbia, Mid 60s. Used ...
Out Of Stock
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 LuizBonfa, Roberto Menescal, and Luiz Eca (of Tamba Trio fame). John Hammond produced the session, so you can be sure it's got the kind of rootsy sound that will make the tracks have a bit more kick than if the album was in the hands of a regular pop-bossa producer. Titles include "Avion", "Reza", "Vagamente", "Ela E Carioca", "Zomba", and "Alem Da Imaginacao". LP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful collection of work from the French scene of the late 50s – a special package that brings together a whole host of jazz-based soundtracks, all written for some of the best films of the nouvelle vague generation! The box features 6CDs, and a special 72 page book with notes on the music and a special essay – and the collection of music is mighty nice, and includes some classic favorites, and a few lesser-known gems that really add a lot to the collection! Includes the soundtracks for Les Cousins and God Created Woman by Paul Misraki, A Bout De Souffle by Martial Solal, Shoot The Pianist by Georges Delerue, Bob Le Flambeur by Eddie Barclay, Ascensceur Por L'Echafaud by Miles Davis, Un Temoin Dans La Ville by Barney Wilen, Les Liaisons Dangereuses and Des Femmes Disparaissent by Art Blakey, La Bride Sur La Cou by Georges Arvanitas, No Sun In Venice by Modern Jazz Quartet, Knife In Water by Krzystof Komeda, and Black Orpheus by LuizBonfa and Antonio Carlos Jobim. CD
A set that really lives up to its title – especially considering that the music here is virtually the blueprint for the emergence of the modern in Brazilian music during the bossa generation! The collection features a range of different tunes from poet Vinicius De Moraes – an important early collaborator of Antonio Carlos Jobim, and one of the key architects of the bossa sound and spirit during the late 50s! The passage of tracks in the set really shows the evolution of the music – as it begins with more ambitious stage work done by the pair, then moves into a range of beautiful vocal numbers that illustrate all the subtle power of bossa lyricism at its best. Titles include "Um Nome Mulher" by Roberto Pava, "Eu Na Existo Sem Voce" by Silvia Telles & Lucio Alves, "Love & Peace" by Jon Hendricks, "Lamento No Morro Solo" by LuizBonfa, "Samba Em Preludio" by Agostinho Dos Santos & Rosana Toledo, "Aqua De Beber" by Ana Lucia, "Valsa De Euridice" by Lenita Bruno, "Chega De Saudade" by Os Cariocas, and "Valsa Do Amor De Nos Dois" by Elza Laranjeira. CD
Beautiful 50s recordings of compositions by the great Antonio Carlos Jobim – featuring wonderful and passionate numbers by Joao Gilberto, Sylvia Telles, Walter Wanderly, LuizBonfa, Lenita Bruno, Bola Sete and more! It includes a handful of classic essential tracks an a number of recordings that could be easy to overlook in the grand scheme, and are nearly as lovely. From easy going Brazilian jazz arrangements with moody vocals to slightly more soaring sounds, it's great stuff all around, including "Desafinado" by Joao Gilberto, "Dindi", "Discussao", "Canta Canta Mais" and more by Sylvia Telles, "Este Seu Olhar" and more by Walter Wanderly, "Chega De Saudade" by Trio Nago, "Por Causa De Voce" by Dolores Duran, "Por Toda Nimha Vida" and more by Lenita Bruno and more, including a couple Black Orpheus tracks. CD
A beautiful collection of work from the legendary Joao Gilberto – some of the most important bossa nova recordings ever, plus a fair bit of rarities as well! The first CD in the set features three full early albums from Gilberto – Chega De Saudade, O Amor O Sorriso E A Flor, and Joao Gilberto – each a masterpiece in understatement – with breathy vocals and light guitar from the maestro, plus light percussion and orchestrations that never overwhelm at all – but simply hang their in air, and shade the songs with these really gentle hues and colors. The second CD features lots of rare material – including work from the film Copacabana Palace, with Gilberto, Norma Benguell, LuizBonfa, and others – and early recordings from Elizete Cardoso, Os Cariocas, and Joao himself. The set features 64 tracks in all, packaged in two groovy record sleeves with a booklet inside a slipcover! CD