Djalma Dias —
Destaque ... CD RGE/Discobertas (Brazil), 1973. New Copy ...
Wicked samba from Djalma Dias – served up with a nice undercurrent of soul on a few tracks, too! Waltel Branco handles the arrangements, and gives the record a great little groove – one that's a mix of percussive samba elements and fuller backings at points – very lively overall, ... read moreCD
2 classics from Djavan – back to back on a single CD! The first album is sublime early work from Djavan – a bit of jazz, a bit of samba, and a bit of soul – all wrapped together in wonderfully warm arrangements! The sound here is sophisticated without being sleepy, and there's ... read moreCD
(Out of print, artwork is wrinkled from some light water damage.)
A really wonderful recent album from Djavan – much simpler and personal than some of his other work in the past decade, and delivered with an uncluttered style that's really great. There's a simplicity here that grabs us right away – Djavan's majestic voice still in the lead, but ... read moreCD
A great samba artist from the Brazilian scene – represented here by three full albums from the 60s, plus a bonus disc of rare material well! Jackson Do Pandeiro takes his name from the percussion instrument used in his music – kind of a bigger, more drum-like tambourine – used to ... read moreCD
You've heard Domenico before as part of the groundbreaking +2 trio with Kassin and Moreno Veloso – but this is only the second time the singer has worked on his own, and the first that he's given us his full name on the cover! That difference might mark a new sort of confidence in Domenico ... read moreCD
An excellent set by the same group that served up the Moreno Veloso album Musical Typewriter – led here by drummer Domenico, but featuring Moreno on vocals and other instrumentation, plus the mighty Kassin – who really emerges here as one of the freshest talents in Brazilian music for ... read moreCD
Fantastic – maybe the most incredible Milton Nascimento album we've ever heard – and one that's completely different, too! Sure, Brazilian singers have been paying tribute to Milton almost from the moment of his first recordings – but this really unique session finds a way to put ... read moreCD
Igor Eca pays tribute to his father – Luiz Eca, one of our favorite Brazilian arrangers of all time! Most folks know Luiz as the pianist and guiding force behind the Tamba Trio – but he's also got a legacy of songwriting, instrumentation, and musical creation that go beyond his ... read moreCD
A heartfelt singer from 60s Brazil – one who crafts his vocals with some of the soulful sensitivity that you might have found in the early work of Roberto Carlos before his trippier years – working here with arrangements that have some nice dark corners in the background! The lyrics ... read moreCD
A really interesting CD package – one that presents the sounds of Ze Eduardo in a 8" square sleeve – which is maybe a nice illustration of the vivid difference in the music as well! Eduardo sings with different arrangers from track to track – and sometimes has a more ... read moreCD
Elizabeth is a lovely looking singer on the cover – and she packs a surprising amount of punch on the record – coming across with the sort of bold, soulful currents that remind us a lot of the best Brit girl singers of the mid 60s! Lyrics are all in Portuguese, but there's certainly ... read moreCD
Embalo R —
Embalo R ... CD Som Maior/Discobertas (Brazil), 1967. New Copy ...
Very cool work from this young Brazilian group of the 60s – a combo who are very much part of the Jovem Guarda style of the time – which means that they draw heavily from Anglo rock and pop influences! There's a cool mix of modes going on here – as sometimes, the boys harmonize ... read moreCD
The second album from this cool little rock combo from late 60s years – a group from the pre-Tropicalia era, when Brazilian groups were still picking up direct influences from the Anglo scene! In fact, there's a quality to the record that reminds us of some of our favorite garagey psych ... read moreCD
Sweet 70s grooving from Brazilian singer Eva – a bit of soul, a bit of easy, all styled together nicely by orchestrations from the magical maestro Gaya! Gaya's work here is similar to his best backings for other artists in the Blue Brazil generation – a mix of American pop, post-bossa ... read moreCD
Fantastic work from Zelia Fonseca – singer, songwriter, and acoustic guitarist – working here in a special space that reminds us of some of our favorite female talents from the Brazilian scene of the 60s and 70s! The sound isn't bossa, nor any sort of easy mode to label – a bit ... read moreCD
Forro In The Dark sound better here than ever before – working with producer Kassin, on a set of tracks recorded both in Brooklyn and in Rio – with a vibe that's maybe more faithful to their Brazilian inspiration than any of their previous records! The core trio handle a fantastic ... read moreCD
Xenia Franca —
Xenia ... CD Agogo (Brazil), 2018. New Copy ...
A wonderful mix of Brazilian roots and contemporary soul from Xenia – a singer with previous experience in the groups Alafia and Capadoxe – but much more compelling on her own in the spotlight! The music has the kind of roots/futurist vibe you might expect from the cover – a very ... read moreCD
America's greatest contribution to the bossa nova in the 60s – served up here in a nicely priced 5CD set! The package features all the key albums recorded by Stan Getz in 1962 and 1963 – some of the most important bossa jazz recordings in the US at the time, and all records that have ... (Jazz, Brazil)read moreCD
A beautiful dreamy album that's quite different from the classic Getz/Gilberto collaboration – but which also shares much of that set's lyrical beauty! This album was recorded live, in 1964, when Stan Getz was playing with his quartet that included Gary Burton on vibes – an incredible ... (Jazz, Brazil)read moreCD
The album's got a rootsy looking cover, but it's quite polished overall – one of Gilberto Gil's mid 80s sets done with producer Liminha, who brings a fair bit of American influence to some of the tunes! The sound's got some of the soul touches of previous records, but a bit more of a ... read moreCD
One of the freshest albums we've heard in years from Gilberto Gil – a set that seems to shake off some of the misdirections of recent records, and really get back the sharper style of his roots – while still also heading off into a new mode as well! There's a definite forro ... read moreCD
A huge amount of undiscovered material from one of the most important points in the career of Brazilian music legend Gilberto Gil! The tracks here were all recorded live, during important concerts that Gil performed in his native land after returning from time in London – where both he and ... read moreCD
Gilberto Gil's still got a nicely sharp edge here on this great set from the late 80s – a record that broke bigger than most of his others from the decade, at least on a global scale – and an album that showed the world that Gil still had plenty of energy and new ideas to offer! There's ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Gilberto Gil —
Quanta ... CD Warner (Brazil), 1997. Used ...
An ambitious double-length set from Gilberto Gil – and a record that's almost a return to some of the sounds of his roots! Production is by Liminha, and there's still plenty of electric instrumentation on the set – but the overall sound is also more laidback and open, with lots of nice ... read moreCD
A standout album for Gilberto Gil from the mid 80s – and a record that broke him out to a wider variety of audiences, thanks to some quick licensing by Celluloid! Gil's really hitting a strong world dancefloor groove here – with lots of his older funky lines still in place, crafted ... read moreCD
Gilberto Gil, Nando Reis, & Gal Costa —
Trinca De Ases ... CD Biscoito Fino (Brazil), 2018. New Copy 2CD ...
Three Brazilian musical giants – all coming together in a live setting – and presented in a way that reminds us of some of the great collaborative MPB projects of the 70s! All three artists participate vocally – taking verses alone and together, and frequently trading lines or ... read moreCD
A great album from Astrud Gilberto – one that has her pushing past the simple bossa of early years, running through a range of 60s styles that all sound great – really opening up, finding new confidence in her vocals, and bridging a few different musical worlds in the process! There's ... read moreCD
A lost treasure – and one of the rarest albums in Astrud Gilberto's career! The set's a special Japanese-only session – recorded in 1969, and featuring all new Japanese lyrics to a number of Astrud's biggest hits – plus some wonderful new tracks done especially for the session! ... read moreCD
Astrud Gilberto —
Windy ... CD Verve (Japan), 1968. New Copy ...
One of the hardest to find Astrud Gilberto records on Verve – and one of the best! Deodato, Don Sebesky, and Pat Williams did the arrangements – and the sound here is a bit different than some of the straighter Gilberto sets of the time – still very bossa-inspired, but also in a ... read moreCD
A warmly intimate album from Joao Gilberto – one that has the singer and guitarist in the same special space as his wonderful albums from the early 70s - a bit more sophisticated than the bossa years, but equally personal throughout! The set was co-produced by Helen Keane – who was ... read moreCD
Seminal sounds from the earliest years of bossa nova – a big 59 track package that brings together important early recordings by Joao Gilberto, as well as some other key bossa interpreters of his generation too! The set begins with Joao's early recordings of compositions by Antonio Carlos ... read moreCD
A collection of tracks recorded by Gonzaga in the 50s, featuring the roots of his famous forro style – lots of great vocals, and plenty of firey accordion work. Supposedly, most of these tracks are feast songs from religious festivals – and titles include "Sao Joao Antigo", ... read moreCD
It's been many years since we heard from Grupo Um – that especially inventive Brazilian combo who gave us some really great records at the start of the 80s! Yet the passage of years hasn't dimmed them at all – and this recent performance almost feels as if it could have been recorded ... read moreCD
Beautiful work from Brazilian mandolin player Hamilton De Holanda – working here on a 10-stringed version of his instrument, in a sound that's warmly emotive and filled with imagination! The overall groove is quite gentle – but Hamilton's strings leap out with soaring energy on the ... read moreCD
Toninho Horta & Nicola Stilo —
Duets ... CD Adventure Music, 2005. New Copy ...
The guitar of Toninho Horta is always a treat, but on this album it's made even better by some lyrically light flute work from Nicola Stilo! The set's got a dreamy quality that really gets at the gentler sound of Horta's work on guitar – and a few tunes even feature his vocals, singing in a ... read moreCD
A sensitive tribute to the music of Aldir Blanc – the sublime Brazilian songwriter whose 70s collaborations with Joao Bosco helped elevate the music to a whole new level – and whose words really take on new sort of beauty here, thanks to very unusual handling by Maria Joao! Joao's ... read moreCD
A beautiful package – as beautiful as the music of Jobim, and one of the true fitting tributes to his genius! The set is a retrospective of the work of Antonio Carlos Jobim – and it features tracks that stretch back to his early recordings for Verve, CTI, and Philips (from both the US ... read moreCD
A pair of CTI records gems from Antonio Carlos Jobim – back to back on a single CD! First up is Tide – an incredible record from the first off-key note to the last! The album's filled with some wonderfully moody LA studio sounds, arranged by Deodato, and a has a great swirling mix of ... read moreCD
Antonio Carlos Jobim —
Wave ... CD CTI/A&M, 1967. Used ...
A stunning mix of talents that brings the heavenly piano and guitar of Antonio Carlos Jobim into play with the lush, but light arrangements of Claus Ogerman – a swirling mix of post-bossa loveliness that redefines Jobim's sound, and opens up new avenues for exploration in sound! The ... read moreCD
The music of Antonio Carlos Jobim opened up huge new territory for male singers in Brazil during the 60s – a way of being personal and emotive, but without any of the overdone modes of the generation before – nor some of the false bravado that was usually mixed in with the presentation ... read moreCD
A sweet little live set that brings together the talents of two great bossa duos of the 70s – the team of Antonio Carlos Jobim and female singer Miucha – and poet Vinicius De Moraes and guitarist Toquinho! The set is filled with very lively material that has a classic bossa feel, and ... read moreCD
The rare second album by the Jongo Trio – a fantastic bossa group who mixed together vocals and keyboards with stunning magic! The trio's approach is similar to that of the more famous Tamba Trio – in that the three members groove on keyboards, bass, and percussion – while also ... read moreCD
Warmly jazzy magic from Joyce – a set that's based around the songs of Dorival Caymmi – which she recorded at the insistence of Nana Caymmi – yet an album that's all completely Joyce's own as well! The setting here is perfect – Joyce on vocals and guitar, with Tutty Moreno ... read moreCD
The lovely Joyce – sounding lovelier here than we've heard in years – on a special Japanese album that really takes the singer back to her best classic territory! Backing is by a small group, and nicely jazzy – with piano from Helio Alves, and drums from Tutty Moreno – ... read moreCD
Joyce, Sivuca, Tutty Moreno, Celia Vaz, & Others —
Brasil ... CD Soul Jazz (UK), 1994. New Copy Gatefold ...
A really groundbreaking album of Brazilian sounds – a set recorded in the mid 90s by a London label – but one with a vibe that stretches back to the most important classics of the Brazilian scene in the 60s and 70s! In a way, the whole record's a bit out of time – nothing at all ... read moreCD
Relax ... CD Luaka Bop, 2018. New Copy ...
We admire the hell out of Kassin, but it's hard to imagine that we'd relax when faced with a new record of his – as we always pay fervent attention to everything he ever does! And this time around, that attention is rewarded even more than usual – as the musician and studio genius ... read moreCD
Classic instrumental choros from 40s Brazil – originally issued as 78rpm singles, but gathered here with better fidelity for a 1966 RCA album. The work is a key glimpse of the choro style at its best – and features flute work by Benedicto Lacerda, plus great saxophone from the ... read moreCD
A beautifully understated album from the legendary Nara Leao – done as a tribute to the bossa generation, with key help from the great Roberto Menescal – who handles the arrangements, plays guitar behind Nara's lovely vocals! Given that Nara's groundbreaking work of the late 60s was ... read moreCD
Pure genius – a lost Nara Leao album from the late 60s, and a key piece in the puzzle of late 60s Tropicalia – a set we'd place right next to equally important records by Caetano Veloso, Gal Costa, and Os Mutantes! Although Leao always gets cited as one of the more revolutionary ... read moreCD
As with their 80s efforts, this 1990 album has the team of Rita and Roberto going heavily for styles that were being used in some of the bigger pop markets around the world – this time a blend of full production, and some major label hard rock styles. Titles include "E A Vida", ... read moreCD
Tita Lima —
11:11 ... CD Kajmere/Belu Music, 2006. Used ...
Brazilian beats and a bit of bossa – all topped by vocals from the lovely Tita Lima! The set's got a sound that's quite different from other recent Brazilian-flavored work – in that Tita's often singing with a slightly spacey production style – one that takes the already airy ... (New Grooves, Brazil)read moreCD
One of the greatest albums we've heard in years from Ivan Lins – a wonderful live recording that's done with a really personal and honest quality that returns Lins to the glory of his 70s years! The instrumentation alone is a key factor of the set's greatness – as the tunes feature ... read moreCD
Ivan Lins —
Millennium ... CD Mercury/Polygram (Brazil), 1980s/Early 90s. Used ...
(Out of print.)
Ivan Lins —
Serie Bis ... CD EMI (Brazil), 1970s/Early 80s. Used 2 CDs ...
Ivan Lins did some of his best work for EMI/Odeon during the late 70s, and although most of his individual albums from that era are long out of print, this nice 28 track set brings together a lot of great moments from that time, with 2CDs worth of material to choose from! Titles include "Dinor ... read moreCD
One of the best albums we've ever heard from this legendary Brazilian singer – at least within the past decade or so – a fantastic reunion with pianist/arranger Geraldo Flach, who gives the music a jazzy flow that's totally wonderful! Both Ivan Lins and Geraldo play piano and keyboards ... read moreCD
Ivan Lins & Gilson Peranzzetta —
Cumplicidade ... CD Fina Flor (Brazil), 2018. New Copy ...
A really wonderful setting for the lyrical talents of Ivan Lins – a set that has the singer working alongside pianist Gilson Peranzzetta – but at a level that's maybe even more expressive than some of his recent albums with fuller arrangements! Gilson is a partner of Lins in a legacy ... read moreCD
Edu Lobo's one of those Brazilian artists we never miss a chance to hear – because as albums like this will attest, his talents have never dimmed over the years! The record's got a really great sound – one that links together the majestic quality of his earlier work, and some of the ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Edu Lobo & Tom Jobim —
Edu & Tom ... CD Polydor (Brazil), 1981. New Copy ...
An incredible later meeting by two of the most sophisticated musical talents of the bossa generation – and a record that's done in the same intimate, spare setting as Jobim's meeting with Elis Regina a few years before! Production is by bossa legend Aloysio De Oliveira – and the sound ... read moreCD
Edu Lobo/Romero Lubambo/Mauro Senise —
Dos Navegantes ... CD Biscoito Fino (Brazil), 2017. New Copy ...
Beautiful sounds throughout – and exactly the kind of record that shows why the right sort of Brazilian music can be so different than anything else on this planet – not really jazz, not really folk, nor straightforward pop – but the kind of special sounds that define a genre unto ... read moreCD
A lovely sambista who has a hell of a way with a tune – really impressing us with all her original music on the album! Dora Lopes seems to be in a special space of her own – sometimes with the deeper vibe of the samba soul generation, but also able to hit a few more melancholy moments ... read moreCD
Marcia Lopes —
LP ... CD Zabumba (Brazil), 2004. Used ...
A romping little record from the Jovem Guarda years in Brazil – a time when that country was strongly embracing American rock in all its 60s styles – and turning out groovy little records like this! Prini Lorenz works before a live crowd here – in this mix of mod elements that ... read moreCD
An overlooked album of bossa guitar from Hugo Luiz – maybe the only record we've ever seen by the musician, and a set that we'd rank right up there with our 60s favorites from Luiz Bonfa or Baden Powell! Yet there's also a difference here that nicely sets Hugo apart – a richness in ... read moreCD
A wonderful 70s session from bossa legend Lyra, and a set that's got a different sound than some of his earlier work – but one that's still plenty great overall! The mode is a bit more subdued than before – still with bossa at the roots, but also production and instrumentation that nod ... read moreCD
One of Brazil's best jazz sessions of the 60s – and one of those records that shows that although Verve and other US labels could record their own version of bossa nova, the style still always sounded best when coming from Brazil! Drummer Edison Machado really nocks it out of the park here ... read moreCD
The second album by Made In Brasil – a great San Francisco combo from the 70s, with a flair for jazzy Brazilian tunes that's every bit as great as groups from Rio or Sao Paulo at the time! The group at this point features keyboardist Claudio Medeiros – who really adds a lot to their ... read moreCD
Andrew Finn Magill definitely makes his violin sing on the set – but he also does so in a way that borrows plenty from Brazilian music – as you might guess from the "canta" in the title! The album features a group that includes Dudu Oliveira on flute, Mike Marshall on ... (Jazz, Brazil)read moreCD