Some of the coolest work we've ever heard from Moraes Moreira – a really unique hybrid of styles that includes samba soul, jazzy funk, and other Brazilian modes from the 70s – all wrapped up into a beautifully fresh and personal approach! There's elements here that would please any fan ... read moreCD
This legendary Brazilian vocal group celebrate their fifty years in music – a great stretch of sounds that run from their offbeat harmony records of the 60s, through some great bossa-revival material in more recent years! The set here has more of the vibe of their current work – and ... read moreCD
Excellent work from Nacao Zumbi – one of the first groups to showcase the new sound of music in Brazil 20 years back – and still a combo who can come up with the good when they want to! The music here remains very true to the best NZ groove – a heady brew of rootsy elements, ... read moreCD
This one's from the late 80s, and although some of the production work doesn't hold up entirely, Milton's voice is more beautiful than ever, and there's some amazing songwriting on here that holds up fantastically no matter how it's treated. Titles include "River Phoenix (Letter To A Young ... read moreCD
A set of warm and jazzy instrumental tunes, with plenty of traces of more traditional Brazilian music – performed by the group No Em Pingo D'Agua, joined on this occasion by pianist Cristovao Bastos. The feel is light and free, with plenty of interplay between piano, guitar, and flute – ... read moreCD
A second great set from Nomade Orchestra – a Brazilian group who bring a trans-global approach to jazz-based instrumentation – with a resulting sound that's unlike anyone else we can think of! These guys aren't in the usual Brazilian groove, and they're also not like some of the Afro ... (Global Grooves, Brazil)read moreCD
Certainly one of the greatest albums by this excellent (and oft-overlooked!) group from the 70s! The band of young Bahians deliver a great mix of tracks tinged with bits of rock, funky samba, and even a few psychedelic influences – with alternating male and female vocals, and some excellent ... read moreCD
Claudio Nucci e Nos & Voz —
E Boi ... CD Atracao (Brazil), 1995. Used ...
Although the classic albums of samba material by this great Brazilian singer have been long out of print for years, you get a huge batch of her best tracks on this nifty 2 CD set that's part of EMI Brazil's "Meus Momentos" series. The set appears to include work that wasn't originally ... read moreCD
One of the most legendary groups from the bossa era in Brazil – a combo of incredible players, working with sublime arrangements by Eumir Deodato – all in a sound that hardly been matched again! The group only ever recorded two albums, but they've had a lasting impact on the sound of ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Os Gatos —
Os Gatos ... CD Philips (Japan), 1964. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
An album of incomparable beauty – one of the two rare albums cut by this legendary group during the 60s, and a bossa nova masterpiece all the way through! The work is guided by a young Deodato – who's moving here into much more complicated territory than his early organ jazz records ... read moreCD
Os Tres Brasileiros (aka Os Tres Morais) —
Brazil LXIX ... CD Capitol/Universal (Japan), 1969. New Copy ...
Excellent work from Os Tres Brasileiros – better known in Brazil as Os Tres Morais! The group, like many, were a Brazilian ensemble who recorded in America under a different name – one that might be more "catchy" for the American audiences – but apart from that shift, ... read moreCD
Always-inventive work from Hermeto Pascoal – an excellent recording that crackles with all the energy and insanity of his best earlier albums! The record shifts effortlessly between jazzy fusion and more experimental instrumentation – a skittish assortment of sounds and rhythms that ... read moreCD
A straight jazz album from Brazilian pianist Gilson Peranzzetta – an artist who's played on countless sessions over the years, including a wealth of famous vocal records too – but who here pays tribute to the great Oscar Peterson, in a nicely stripped-down set of jazz piano trio tracks! ... read moreCD
An incredible record from the legendary Quarin label – and a set that, like most of the releases from that imprint, has a sound that's years ahead of its time! Piri's a guitarist, and works here with an instrumental combo who support his soaring, scatting vocals – in a mode that's ... read moreCD
Alegria ... CD Musidisc (Brazil), Late 40s. Used ...
Some of the earliest recordings ever from Pixinquinha – the Brazilian reedman who went onto influence generations of musicians! The recording quality is surprisingly good for the time – probably done at an acoustic, instead of electric level – but in a way that really brings out ... read moreCD
Lovely work by Fernanda Porta – a talented new singer and arranger, with a sound that's a bridge between Rio and London! Fernanda's like some of her labelmates on the Trama imprint – a vocalist with a sound that's steeped in the bossa traditions of Brazil, yet which also reaches out ... read moreCD
A tremendous little record from Philippe Baden Powell – son of the great Brazilian guitarist, and a musician who's set to impress us as much as his father! Philippe's working here in a mode that's no copycat of his famous father at all – on piano, first of all, and with a style that's ... read moreCD
Richly traditional tunes from Dona Edith Do Prato – recorded in a style that's almost folkloric, with lots of gentle percussion and guitar – setting a spare stage for Dona's great vocals. Titles include "Marinheiro So", "Abertura E Cavaleiro", "Ai Dindinha" ... read moreCD
An incredible album – one in which the Brazilian female harmony quartet meets up with their male counterparts, the Tamba Trio! The gals have most of the vocals on this set, but backings are in the sublimely modern mode that the Tamba combo was using at the time, set to arrangements by Luiz ... read moreCD
The title's an apt one, as the session's a musical tracing of the roots of the Mangueira sound – featuring rootsy samba work performed by a variety of singers that includes Jorge Zagaia, Xango, Jurandir, Sobrinho, and Babau Da Mangueira! Instrumentation is nice and spare – just a bit ... read moreCD
Rare material from this Brazilian musical legend of the 70s – two unreleased live concerts, and a full album of demo material – all of which stand in nice contrast to his more famous records of the time! The concerts are great – and show a rougher, raspier side of Ramalho – ... read moreCD
Excellent late live work from Elis Regina – a beautiful double-length set that really gets at the depth of feeling and emotion she brought to her music! The set's one of the last ever recorded in Elis' all-too-short life – and it's got the same vibrancy and soaring sensibilities as her ... read moreCD
A sublime meeting of these four legendary Brazilian talents – singers and musicians we're not used to hearing in each others' company, but who feel here as if they've been working together for a lifetime! The approach is beautiful – as each singer also plays a bit of acoustic guitar ... read moreCD
Marku Ribas —
Samba ... CD Tratore (Brazil), 2016. Used ...
A great return to form from the legendary Marku Ribas – an artist we love for his Brazilian funky classics of the 70s – still sounding great after all these years! Marku's always had a very deep vocal approach – at the bottom end of the sonic spectrum, which not only makes for a ... read moreCD
Groovy 60s pop from Brazil – a set cut at a time when the Tropicalia scene was beginning to take root, but with a vibe that's still very strongly in the mode of the Jovem Guarda years! Marcos Roberto provides a good deal of his own material here – tunes that go way past the simple ... read moreCD
A lovely tribute to the musical pairing of Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius De Moraes – by a trio of artists who are certainly familiar with their music! Wanda Sa has been singing bossa nova since the 60s, and while she's made a number of recent albums in a bossa mode, she sounds even ... read moreCD
Monica Salmaso —
Caipira ... CD Biscoito Fino (Brazil), 2017. New Copy ...
Monica Salmaso works here with some really lovely instrumentation – a bit of bass flute, some accordion, and even a bit of clarinet – all instruments that really give the record a unique sort of vibe! There's almost an updated version of the choro taking place here – but one that' ... read moreCD
Jazzy samba from Monica Salmaso – a batch of songs penned by Chico Buarque, and cut with some great accompaniment from Pau Brasil! The combo features great piano from Nelson Ayres – one of our favorite Brazilian jazz talents from many years back, and he gives the music a great force ... read moreCD
Daniel Santiago —
Metropole ... CD Adventure Music, 2009. New Copy ...
A jazz album at heart, but one with some distinct Brazilian touches too – a warm blend of the guitar lines of Daniel Santiago with reeds from Josue Lopez and piano from Vitor Goncalves – all wrapped up in a set of rich flowing rhythms! There's some of the sensitivity here that you ... read moreCD
The first full album in years from the legendary Moacir Santos – and a beautiful little album that's filled with all the deep feeling and inventive arrangement of his older work! As the title might imply, the set borrows song structure and spirit from the Brazilian choro tradition – ... read moreCD
Pedro Santos —
Krishnanda ... CD CBS/Mr Bongo (UK), 1968. New Copy (reissue)...
A totally unique album from the Brazilian scene of the 60s – a set that was recorded right in the middle of the big Tropicalia years, but which has more of the earthier touches that would emerge in the Brazilian scene during the 70s! Yet there's also a sense of tight arrangement here too ... read moreCD
A great set of samba soul from Sonia Santos – a lesser-known Brazilian singer from the 70s, and one who's working here in that cool mix of modes the Som Livre label was using at the time! There's a hip mix of electric and acoustic elements in the backings – rootsy percussion, fast ... read moreCD
Haunting samba work by this excellent Brazilian singer! Silva's voice is rich and tremendous – and these 2 albums from the early 60s capture all of his warmth and emotion perfectly. The arrangements are heavily percussive, and recorded with a deep echoey quality that makes Roberto sound ... read moreCD