Jazz versions of classics by Antonio Carlos Jobim – all done by a group arranged and directed by guitarist Mario Adnet, and featuring guest work from Joyce, Helio Delmiro, Romero Lumbambo, and others! The sound here is really fresh – not merely just a reworking of Jobim's original ... read moreCD
A wonderful tribute to the music of Baden Powell – way different than the simple solo acoustic set that you might normally get – and instead, a cool batch of larger arrangements that showcase a totally different side of Powell's tunes! The album's a great reminder that amidst some of ... read moreCD
A lovely collection of songs penned by Moacir Santos – sung by the equally lovely Muiza Adnet, who really manages to unlock the best spirit of the tunes! Of course, it helps that Muiza's working here under the guidance of brother Mario Adnet, who helped produce Santos' late-career classic ... read moreCD
A beautiful album of fusion on the Som Da Gente label, and one that mixes guitar, percussion, and reeds in an extremely evocative way. Some of this sounds a bit like early 70s work by Egberto Gismonti or Hermeto Pascoal – with the acoustic instruments produced in a way that creates airy ... read moreCD
A lovely little Brazilian-styled set from tenorist Harry Allen – and one that features vocals and guitar from the wonderful Joyce! Almost all titles are originals by Antonio Carlos Jobim – as you'd guess from the title – but Allen's deep-voiced approach moves them into very ... (Jazz, Brazil)read moreCD
Leny Andrade —
Alvoroco ... CD Odeon/Joia Moderna (Brazil), 1973. New Copy ...
One of the coolest albums ever from Brazilian singer Leny Andrae – a set that takes her way past the usual jazz and bossa of other records, into territory that's completely sublime! The record features arrangements from some of the most sophisticated talents of the early 70s scene in Brazil ... read moreCD
An amazing bit of Brazilian funk – and the best album ever by this exciting soulful duo! The record's their first, and it's got a crackling intensity that you don't always find on their other albums – a groove that mixes hard samba with bass-heavy funk, with a sound that makes them one ... read moreCD
One of the warmest records we've heard in years from Arnaldo Antunes – a set that no doubt gets some of its feel from the acoustic MTV setting of the performance – but one that also has a softer side of Antunes' songwriting as well! There's a wonderfully subtle vibe to the record ... 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
Sublime vocals from Clarice Assad – a singer who's got some ties to older Brazilian traditions, but who also really makes things all her own – with a dynamic sense of phrasing that's perfectly backed up by some equally great instrumentation! Clarice handled all the arrangments – ... read moreCD
Fenix ... CD Far Out (UK), 2016. New Copy ...
The legendary Azymuth rises from the ashes – on this, their first record after the passing of keyboardist Jose Roberto Bertrami – with a sound that takes us back to the amazing cosmic funk of their first few albums in the 70s! The new keyboardist, Kiko Continentino, has a sound that's ... read moreCD
Great CD that compiles the first two Azimuth records, both of them with loads of funky electronic grooves, and lots of weird moogy bits. Very deep, with lots of tracks that would appeal to steppers and hip hoppers, plus fans of the Now Sound section. Some nice Brazilian jazz too! (see individual ... read moreCD
An excellent album by one of the greatest Brazilian funk bands ever – a wonderful blend of funk, jazz, and soul – and a set that rivals any of the best work coming from the US at the time! These guys are right on the money right from the start – moving through sharp changes with ... read moreCD
Banda Mantiqueira —
Con Alma ... CD SESCSP (Brazil), 2017. New Copy ...
Jazzy work from this Brazilian ensemble – a group who seek to bring older choro, samba, and bossa forms forward – while also mixing them with a bit of jazz from the American scene too! The group's especially strong on reedwork – both from leader Nailor Proventa, who plays alto ... read moreCD
Ayu ... CD Mr Bongo (UK), 2016. New Copy ...
Very cool sounds from this unique Brazilian group – an ensemble whose music mostly comes from their voices and percussive sounds made on their bodies! The approach is surprisingly great – and maybe not nearly as squishy as you'd expect – as there's a clean, clear sound to the ... read moreCD
A rare later session from Brazilian songwriter Joao De Barro – composer of Carnaval classics in earlier years, here performing some of his greatest hits himself! The session's got a traditional samba groove overall, and Joao's aged vocals make for a warmth that really brings a new spirit to ... read moreCD
Fantastic rhythms from percussionist Rubens Bassini – a set that has all the raw live energy of a Latin jazz jam session, but which also carries some of the sweet touches of the bossa nova scene in Brazil – a really wonderful mixing of modes that makes the album a gem all the way ... read moreCD
A recent samba session, but one with a really classic sound – thanks to heartfelt vocals from Batatinha, who was getting on in years by the time of the album! The backings here are gentle and spare – usually just a bit of guitar, percussion, and other instrumentation – but mostly ... read moreCD
Not the American Bells – either of the 70s or 90s – but an even earlier group from Brazil, and one who are really in love with the guitar-driven instrumental style of the surf generation! The group features really great interplay between electric guitarists Carlos Alberto Belmonte and ... read moreCD
A tight little live set from Jorge Ben – recorded for MTV, but easily as great as any of his other live recordings in Brazil. The group's tight and warm, with a really soulful feel and a bouncing groove that returns Jorge's sound to earlier years. Tracks include a number of classic numbers ... read moreCD
A stunner of a record from the mighty Jorge Ben – and a record that catapulted the Brazilian singer to international fame at the time! Ben had already been making magic for almost a decade down in Brazil – and his compositions and grooves left an undeniable impact on the scene in the ... read moreCD
(Limited edition of 2000 copies – in a nice LP-styled sleeve!)
Jorge Ben —
Big Ben ... CD Philips/Universal (Brazil), 1963. New Copy ...
Brilliant early work from Jorge Ben – a set that shouldn't be confused with the US album of the same name, and which is one of Jorge's first few gems of the 60s! The album's got Ben stepping out with a slightly jazzier feel than on his debut – a style that's still heavily steeped in ... read moreCD
Four albums from the second chapter in the career of Jorge Ben – packaged here in a single set, with a few bonus tracks too! First up is A Banda Do Ze Preinho – a record that's funky, soulful, and totally wonderful – a wicked late 70s live set from Jorge Ben – and one of ... read moreCD
An overlooked treasure from the great Jorge Ben – an album recorded between the fame of his "Taj Mahal" hit and Africa Brasil classic – and a set that's every bit as wonderful as those two records! There's a tight, choppy groove to most of the set – that mix of samba, ... read moreCD
The beautiful image on the cover is a great summation of the sound of this set – as the live performance has all the power and majesty that Maria Bethania brought to her work, right from the start – but also maybe a bit more warmth than we'd normally expect! That spontaneous smile that ... read moreCD
One of Maria Bethania's best albums of the 80s – a set that has the singer almost hitting a more personal, more intimate mode – working with music from Caetano Veloso that helps bring in a closeness that Bethania was sometimes missing in her sound! The approach is a bit jazzy at times ... read moreCD
The genius of Joao Bosco is impossible to describe in words – and it always has been, right from the start! He often has the acoustic elements of the bossa nova years, but he's not a bossa musician – and he can craft a song with the best of the 70s MPB generation, but he's always a bit ... read moreCD
Chico Buarque —
Caravanas ... CD Biscoito Fino (Brazil), 2017. New Copy ...
That's an aging Chico Buarque on the cover, still looking cooler than anyone else around – and sounding the same on this wonderful record! Buarque was one of the first of an important new generation of Brazilian songwriters to emerge in the 60s – and unlike some of the others, who've ... read moreCD
An overlooked gem from Chico's mid 80s period – a record filled with strong and subtle songs, often backed by some nicely jazz-tinged arrangements from Cristovao Bastos! The album's not as revolutionary as some of Chico's earlier records, but it more than makes up for that with an incredibly ... read moreCD
Chico Buarque —
Duetos ... CD BMG (Brazil), 1980s/1990s. Used ...
A collection of duets recorded by Chico Buarque during the 80s and 90s – warm extensions of musical friendship by one of Brazil's greatest singers of the past 40 years. Chico's always been supportive of singers in many generations – from the older artists who inspired him in the 60s, ... read moreCD
One of the few albums ever cut by the team of Octavio Burnier and Claudio Cartier – a mid 70s Brazilian duo with a sweet and soulful finish! Both Burnier and Cartier play guitar – but not in a spare, Baden Powell-like way. Instead, they've got a sound that's very full – touched ... read moreCD
Two 60s albums by Charlie Byrd, back to back on one CD! Byrdland features Charlie in small group settings – grooving with sax by Teo Macero, trumpet by Hal Posey, and bass by Joe Byrd. The tracks are a mix of bossa tunes and pop numbers – including "Meditation", "Samba ... (Jazz, Brazil)read moreCD
Erasmo Carlos sounds even cooler here than usual – still working with tunes penned with his brother Roberto – but also taking on music by Caetano Veloso, Jorge Ben, and Marcos Valle too! There's a heady undercurrent to the record that's maybe a filtering-through of an earlier ... read moreCD
A record filled with cover images that run from Richard Nixon to Elvis Presley, to Mick Jagger, Caetano Veloso, Chairman Mao, Jorge Ben, Jimi Hendrix, and Andy Warhol – and a set whose sound definitely seems to live up to such heady company from the 20th century! Erasmo Carlos is at his ... read moreCD
The cover image makes it look like Carminho's a contemporary of Antonio Carlos Jobim – but she's actually a much younger artist – a great contemporary fado vocalist, who serves up some very unusual readings of classic songs by the bossa legend! Carminho's way of phrasing is very ... read moreCD
A beautiful album of soulful samba tunes – recorded late in the life of singer Cartola, with a gently swinging sound that leaves a nice focus on his still-strong vocals. Titles include "Tempos Idos", "Nos Dois", "Que E Feito De Voce", "Grande Deus", ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Please Note – The colors on the cover image differ slightly from that shown.)
A beautiful album of soulful samba tunes – recorded late in the life of singer Cartola, with a gently swinging sound that leaves a nice focus on his still-strong vocals! Cartola's at the height of his powers here – expressive in just the right way, but never going too far off the deep ... read moreCD
Beautiful later work from Nelson Cavaquinho – a spare album that's filled with rootsy vocals, jaunty guitar, and some nice percussive backings! Cavaquinho's vocals alone are enough to sell the set – seeming to come from the earth itself, with a timeless feel that's really amazing. And ... read moreCD
Moody female vocals from Brazil – a great early 70s album with a dreamy feel and a nice electric touch! In a way, the album's a fair bit like the Ana Mazzotti album from the same period, with a mix of some funky scatting vocal numbers, and other tunes that are more laidback, but which fit ... read moreCD
Ceu ... CD Six Degrees, 2006. Used ...
Another feather in the Six Degrees cap – and like the rest of their Brazilian music repertoire, an artist who seems bent on breaking down boundaries – both in styles and generations! Ceu's got the same "old is new" feeling as some of the label's other work in recent years ... read moreCD
An unusual album from 70s Brazil – one that's got a slightly different vibe than some of the other funky samba records of the period – both in the approach of the singer, and the overall groove! There's definitely a samba core to the set – especially in the way a female backing ... read moreCD
An incredible samba combo from the 60s – and one that features work by Elton Medeiros, Ze Keti, Jair Do Cavaquinho, and a young Paulinho Da Viola! The sound here is hard and rootsy – with lots of heavy percussion on the bottom, playful acoustic guitar and cavaquinho, and warmly ... read moreCD
A very festive, spontaneous-feeling samba set from Conjunto De Ouro – working here with great help from Aracy Cortes and Clementina De Jesus! The record has a quality that's almost like a set of friends sitting around late at night – working through some samba standards on their own, ... read moreCD
A nice little live set that follows off the same sort of energy as the studio album Estratoferica – which has Gal Costa coming across with a more youthful vibe than she's had in years! As with that record, Gal's working here with a group of younger musicians – players who bring more ... read moreCD
Gal Costa —
India ... CD Philips/Mr Bongo (UK), 1973. New Copy ...
One of the richest, most expressive albums ever from the great Gal Costa – a set from her immediate post-Tropicalia years, and one that shows that she's got a lot more to offer than just a wild sense of experimentation! Gilberto Gil is the musical director here – with help from Rogerio ... read moreCD
A fantastic live set from Vanessa Da Mata – one that has her commanding the crowd with the sort of majesty that usually is just reserved for MPB artists of the golden age – at once intimately personal, but also able to project her depth to a large audience with effortless ease! Music ... read moreCD
Instantly timeless work from Martinho Da Vila – a set that's every bit as powerful as his classic albums from the 70s – and done with an even more personal sound! Martinho first rose to fame at a time when there was a big wave of new samba recordings in Brazil – a mode that still ... read moreCD