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. New Copy ...
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
The amazing second album from Brazilian singer Maria Rita – and a real departure from the first! This time around, Maria's working live in the studio – in a warmly spontaneous setting that's a nice departure from the more confined modes of her debut – and which is given some ... read moreCD
A pair of amazing records from percussionist Dom Um Romao – back to back in a single set! The self-titled Dom Um Romao is an unbelievably fantastic album, and perhaps the greatest one that Dom Um Romao ever cut! Dom recorded this set in America with a blend of Brazilian and New York ... read moreCD
Extremely lively samba material by this legendary combo – all recorded in the years 1965 and 1967 – and featuring work by Clementina De Jesus, Jair Do Cavaquinho, Paulinho Da Viola, and Nelson Sargento. There's a total of 20 tracks – and titles include "Pamares/Psiquiatra&quo ... read moreCD
A beautiful setting for the voice of Roberta Sa – a live performance that has the singer backed by gentle acoustic elements, but in a way that really lets her vocals soar! There's a warmth here that we don't always find on Roberta's other records – very classic in the presentation, but ... read moreCD
Beautiful work from Wanda Sa – the Brazilian singer who first rose to prominence during the bossa years of the 60s, but who only seems to have gotten better with age! This set is a true testament to all the growth Wanda has experienced over the years – music that has a depth and subtle ... read moreCD
Wanda de Sah —
Softly ... CD Capitol/Universal (Japan), 1965. New Copy ...
A lost bossa classic from Wanda De Sah – aka Wanda Sa, the wife of Edu Lobo, and a singer who worked with Sergio Mendes in his pre-Brasil 66 days! The album's got a wonderfully laidback feel – languid, yet jazzy, with the feel of some of Astrud Gilberto's best work on Verve, yet with ... read moreCD
Hareton Salvanini —
SP 73 ... CD Continental/Mr Bongo (UK), 1973. New Copy ...
Moody instrumental magic from Hareton Salvanini – an artist with an Italian sounding name, and an approach that reminds us of some of the hippest composers of the sound library and film score scene in Italy during the 70s! The album's all instrumental, and is almost a soundtrack for a film ... read moreCD
One of the more obscure bossa jazz sets of the 60s – played by the lively little Samba Trio, a group who definitely live up to their name! Don't mix these guys up with the early 80s combo from Europe – as this group plays with a hard-edge groove that's heavy on romping piano lines and ... 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
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
Chico Saraiva & Daniel Murray —
Galope ... CD Boranda (Brazil), 2016. New Copy ...
A beautifully intimate set of guitar duets from Chico Saraiva and Daniel Murray – served up at a level that's a bit different than the usual Brazilian instrumental session of its nature! There's definitely some currents of samba and bossa instrumentation in the mix, but the duo also go much ... read moreCD
Jazzy duets between guitarist Romero Lubambo and saxophonist Mauro Senise – but served up with a lot of rich currents from Brazilian music too! Senise is a reedman with a great amount of dexterity – able to solo effortlessly, but also able to slide into more familiar songforms too ... read moreCD
Mauro Senise with Jota Moraes —
Tempo Caboclo ... CD Biscoito Fino (Brazil), 2005. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
New interpretations of a host of older Brazilian compositions – most of them from the pre-bossa years, and of serious compositional origins. The set features work by a wide range of composers, performed by a variety of differing small groups – with Senise on soprano, alto sax, and ... read moreCD
Like the CD reissue of Sete's Ocean Suite, this CD takes an earlier, hard to find recording by Sete on solo guitar and reissues it. In this case though, there's only one bonus track, as the suite was recorded in one take, from start to finish, in 1982, originally issued as Jungle Suite on Dancing ... read moreCD
A beautiful batch of solo guitar recordings from Bola Sete – originally recorded at Fantasy studios, and first issued as the album Ocean on the Takoma label in 1975. This CD adds in a nice batch of 9 outtakes from the session, to create a whopping double CD set of 19 tracks, which is one of ... read moreCD
Dreamy romantic numbers – done in the flowery emotive style of the pre-bossa years by singer Orlando Silva. Titles include "Suplica", "Amigo Leal", "Rosa", "Labios Que Beijei", "Alianca Partida", "A Jardineira", and "Sinha ... read moreCD
A fantastic take on the music of Marisa Monte – one that takes the Brazilian singers best songs, and recasts them in a style that's beautifully soulful! Silva handles most of the instrumentation himself, along with the vocals – and the set is heavy on Fender Rhodes and other keyboards, ... read moreCD
Something of a comeback session for older samba singer Synval Silva – recorded in 1973 with a style that's similar to many of RCA's samba revival sessions of the time – but sung with a unique vocal approach that gives the session a really warm feel overall! There's some larger ... read moreCD
Ricardo Silveira & John Leftwich —
Cosmos ... CD Adventure Music, 2016. New Copy ...
A set that not only offers up some great work from co-leaders Ricardo Silveira on guitar and John Leftwich on bass – but one that also includes some of the best small group work we've heard from Hubert Laws in years! The legendary flautist really opens up on the record – with these ... (Jazz, Brazil)read moreCD
14 tracks by Simone – recorded during her best period, the late 70s, when she recorded some of her excellent early work for EMI. The tracks are a mix of the 70s MPB styles of Elis Regina and Maria Bethania, with a forward thinking quality, and a tone that's perhaps a bit more emotive than ... read moreCD
An overlooked chapter in American bossa jazz of the 60s – recordings that weren't nearly as well-circulated as the Stan Getz bossa nova albums on Verve, but which have an equally special sort of sparkle! The arrangements here are by Manny Albam and Al Cohn – who both bring an earlier ... (Jazz, Brazil)read moreCD
A beautiful little album that shows a whole new side of Sinatra! Frank's a bit late on the bossa game – but the record's a wonderfully gentle batch of bossa nova tunes, performed with musical and occasional vocal accompaniment by Jobim, and larger orchestral backings by Claus Ogerman. Far ... (Vocalists, Brazil)read moreCD
A wonderful collection by one of the true queens of the samba! The set features 20 tracks from Elza's Odeon and Copacabana recordings, spanning the years 1960 through 1974, as Elza stayed on top of the samba groove with a range of different approaches to the music. All the tracks have been ... read moreCD
A lovely set of mellow tracks – featuring the vocals of Luciana Souza and subtle instrumental backing by Romero Lubambo, Marco Pereira, and Walter Santos. The format is simple and clear – and the set has all the gentle warmth of the best titles on the Biscoito Fino label – with ... read moreCD
(Out of print, sticker remnant on digipack cover.)
Beautiful stuff – and a record we never tire of hearing! This album's a sublime extension of the earlier Brazilian style of the Tamba Trio – in a set that has them adding a fourth member, and picking up some cool new sounds from producer Creed Taylor! The set brings the group's ... read moreCD
Tenorio Jr —
Embalo ... CD RGE/Mr Bongo (UK), 1964. New Copy ...
A set that's maybe one of the greatest bossa jazz albums of all time – and a fantastic homegrown Brazilian effort that's quite different from the more commercial American bossa albums of the 60s! Tenorio Jr isn't just a hell of a pianist, he's a great writer and arranger too – one who's ... read moreCD
A groovy 60s session from vibist Cal Tjader – and an excellent little Latin set, with a mixture of bossa nova and Latin jazz that goes way beyond the promise of the title! The great Clare Fischer arranged the set – and if you know his work with Cal, you know that he's got a wonderful ... (Jazz, Brazil)read moreCD
Four early albums by Toquinho – packaged together here in a single set, and with two bonus tracks too! First up is A Bossa Do Toquinho, from 1966 – an honest to goodness actual bossa nova session from Toquinho – one that's recorded during the 60s, and not one of his bossa-revival ... read moreCD
Toquinho ... CD RGE/Som Livre (Brazil), 1970. New Copy ...
A wonderful early album from Brazilian guitarist/singer Toquinho – done before his famous collaborations with Vincius De Moraes, and with a very different groove! The record features guest appearances by Jorge Ben on two tracks – and much of the record seems to have Toquinho absorbing ... read moreCD
An amazing bit of funk from early 70s Brazil – an ultra-rare album, but one that almost beats some of the bigger Brazilian classics of the time! The recording has a very unusual approach – a non-stop blend of songs on each side – which makes for long, continuous tracks that mix ... read moreCD
Important early work from underground Brazilian legend Alceu Valenca – four albums served up in a beautiful box set! First up is Molhado De Suor – done with a nicely northern Brazil sound that involves plenty of acoustic percussion, guitar, and nice use of flute and craviola! The ... read moreCD
A fantastic late 70s album from underground Brazilian legend Alceu Valenca – and a set that follows in the same tradition of exile as earlier albums by Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil! The set was recorded in Paris, and has a sound that's maybe even earthier and stripped-down than some of ... read moreCD
Rare early work from the great Marcos Valle – and one of his first-ever albums! The record's very much in a moody bossa mode, and the orchestrations are wonderful – light, but never sleepy – really done with that unique new bent that Brazilian artists were using at the time, best ... read moreCD
A great soul album from the legendary Marcos Valle – a Brazilian talent who started out in the 60s bossa years, but who's coming across here after some great modern soul material with Leon Ware in the US! The vibe here is similar to some of the Ware collaborations – tight, smooth, and ... read moreCD
A great live performance from this surprising duo – one who already gave us another concert setting on their previous album, but who step out here in the more intimate setting of New York's Birdland nightclub! The setting's a great one, given the jazz legacy that Stacey Kent has already ... read moreCD
One of the last great records ever made by Sarah Vaughan – a really solid session of Brazilian tunes, one that's produced by Sergio Mendes, arranged by Dori Caymmi, and which features guest vocals by Milton Nascimento! The general approach is west coast mellow – as the group features ... (Vocalists, Brazil)read moreCD
Sublime vocals from the lovely Celia Vaz – a singer best known for her later work on the Far Out label, but one who really sparkles here in this classic fusion set! The album's one of the shining jewel's of the MPBC series – and like some of the others, it's got a sharp-edged quality ... read moreCD
One of the few albums ever cut by singer Vi Velasco – and a great vocal follow-up to the Zoot Sims bossa albums on Colpix! Zoot plays tenor on this record too – mixing his solos with Vi's vocals in a style that's like the interplay between Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto – with a ... read moreCD
Traditional choros, played by a small combo led by trombonist Ze Da Velha and trumpeter Silverio Pontes – in a style that recalls some of the classic choro recordings of the 40s and 50s, but which also has a freshness and a clarity of sound that you'd never hear in those older records! Other ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Ze Da Velha & Silverio Pontes —
Tudo Danca ... CD Rob Digital (Brazil), 2001. Used ...
You know, the more we listen to Caetano Veloso, the more we realize that just about every record he made was fantastic! Take this record – it's got a late date, and you might think that it's going to be some sort of throwaway eighties pop material – but it's actually great, and sounds ... read moreCD
Caetano Veloso at the end of the 70s – still sounding wonderful, but in ways that are quite different from his earliest albums! The sound here is more restrained, and more mature – a beautiful example of the songwriting strength that Veloso evolved as his career moved on – tunes ... read moreCD
A far-reaching album by Caetano – with a wide scope of sounds and influences, from tribal/ethnic percussion, to subtle jazzy backdrops, to guitar-driven numbers that hint at a brief return to rock music. The rich tapestry of themes and images are perfectly linked by Veloso's always-wonderful ... read moreCD
(Includes slipcase and booklet. Barcode has some marker.)
A double CD set – recorded live, featuring material from Caetano's tour for the Noites Do Norte album. Like that album, this set features many rootsy numbers – Caetano's always great vocals mixing with guitar and percussion, evoking the spirit of the north, and touching on a few other ... read moreCD
A wonderful album recorded by Caetano in Italy – one performed live as a tribute to Fredrico Fellini and his wife Giuletta! The tracks are a stunning mix of older Veloso originals, older bossa tunes, and wonderful Nino Rota tunes originally written for Fellini films. Veloso's voice is ... read moreCD
Nice recent live set by this master of Brazilian song! The feel is pretty mellow in the best parts, with Caetano singing soulfully, with only guitar and small backing accompaniment. Some titles have more of a rockish feel, but there's plenty of nice ones with an older mellow sound. Titles ... read moreCD
The third chapter of Caetano Veloso's mighty run of music for Universal – 10 full albums of material here, packaged with a special bonus disc of rare recordings from the 80s and early 90s! As lovers of Caetano's music know, the passage of time only deepened the spirit of his sound – ... read moreCD
The fourth chapter in the amazing career of Caetano Veloso – and some of his most groundbreaking material ever! The past decade or two has been a really amazing time for Veloso – a return to more unusual, more experimental modes – after more straightforward work in the 80s and ... read moreCD
A strange one – but nice! We have no real idea when this material is from, but the overall sound is distincly late 60s, and the feel is very similar to some of Gil's early work, or to the Domingo album by Caetano and Gal. The overall style is late bossa and light samba, and all tracks are ... read moreCD
An incredible album from Moreno Veloso – the son of the famous Caetano, but an artist who's already very much his own man on this classic collaboration with the team of Kassin and Domenico! Moreno plays it cool on most of the record – singing in a spare setting that mixes acoustic ... read moreCD
The first album we've heard from Brazilian legend Arthur Verocai in quite awhile – and a set that really lives up to his tremendous legacy of music from the 70s! The album features larger arrangements by Verocai, handled by a top-shelf group of musicians – with Arthur himself on ... read moreCD
Claudia Villela & Kenny Werner —
Dreamtales ... CD Adventure Music, 2004. Used ...
Very spare vocal work from Claudia Villela – recorded with only piano backing by Kenny Werner, in a mode that hearkens back to some of the experimental European vocal sessions of the 70s, or similar work on ECM. The production's got a very spacious feel – a sense of looming urgency ... (Vocalists, Brazil)read moreCD
From the eyeball on the cover, right down to the sounds on the disc, Tom Ze once again blurs the boundaries between body and mind with his music – by giving us tunes that are playful and catchy, but also filled with madness and intelligence too! Ze's wit is as razor-sharp as ever, carried ... read moreCD
Zil ... CD Verve, 1990. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A tribute to Maria Bethania – one that starts out with a few songs by the lady herself, then opens the door to work from a whole host of hip Brazilian talents – not just contemporaries from Maria's big years in MPB, but also some of the leading lights of the 21st Century as well! Many ... read moreCD
A loving look at the Adventure Music label – served up in a 3CD set that offers a heck of a lot of great music for a very low price, all hand-picked by the lovely Monday Michiru! Adventure's been one of the best sources for Brazilian music and acoustic sounds for the past decade – a ... read moreCD
A great collection of classic live performances – most of them with a bossa nova feel, and recorded here in a robust style that brings out all the best qualities of the singers involved. Titles include "Tem Do De Mim" by Quarteto Em Cy, "Chove Chuva" by Jorge Ben, "Te ... read moreCD
Tremendous work from the Brazilian scene of the 70s – one of the few global sites to really capture the same sort of energy of American funk and soul, yet still be able to give it a great local twist of its own! From the bossa years onwards, Brazil was always full of super-tight musicians ... (Funky Compilations, Brazil)read moreCD
A really wonderful survey of Brazilian instrumental modes at mid-century – a set that moves between choro, samba, and early bossa styles – and also opens up into some other genres as well! The focus here is on key instrumentalists – players with a strong ability to improvise and ... read moreCD
A great little collection – even though we almost resent the title for mis-stating the quality of these tunes! We'd hardly call these cuts "dodgy" or "silly" – as most of them are pretty darn wonderful, and represent a fresh new flowering of the bossa sound from ... (Funky Compilations, Brazil)read moreCD
1968 LP that brings together some older Brazilian artists – like Clementina De Jesus, Nelson Cavaquinho, Odete Armal, Cartola, and Zezinho – on a set of tracks with a more traditional feel. Most of the titles are performed in batches, with the roots of 3 or 4 songs strung together ... read moreCD
Avant sounds from the Brazilian scene – a double-length collection of material from the 2014 Festival Musica Nova – a great showcase for creative composers and forward-thinking musical ensembles! Much of this material is on the far leftfield side of modern music – and much feels ... read moreCD
Forro ... CD EMI (Brazil), 1960s. Used 2 CDs ...
Music from Luiz Gonzaga, Luiz Caldas, Matines, Trio Nordestino, Flor De Cheiro, Clara Nunes, Genival Lacerda, Jackson Do Pandeiro, Mel Com Terra, Sivuca, Ze Piata & more. CD
A great focus on the more soulful side of the samba in Brazil – put together with a wealth of great talent! This mid-70s session has a wonderfully rootsy feel throughout – a style that really respects the roots of the music, and sticks true to its core instrumentation and arrangements ... read moreCD
Mr Bongo really goes back to its roots here – and returns to the kind of rare global gems that first made us fall in love with the label in the first place! Over 20 years ago, Mr Bongo were one of the key global forces in opening up people's ears to the sounds of funk and soul from around ... (Funky Compilations, Brazil)read moreCD