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
A really beautiful second album from Fabiano Do Nascimento – and a set that really blows away his debut! This record's got an "instant classic" vibe right from the start – the kind of set that you could easily listen next to 70s gems by artists like Lo Borges, Milton ... read moreCD
Beautiful stuff – and one of Milton Nascimento's greatest albums of the 70s! The style here is a bit more subdued than on some of his later work – but in a way that's really majestic and soulful, showing the further development of Milton's unique idiom as he becomes one of the ... read moreCD
A mid 70s masterpiece from Milton Nascimento – a record that still has the soaringly ambitious touches of his other work from the time, but which also comes across with a slightly personal feel too! Nascimento's voice is near-perfect – even more spacious and heavenly than before – ... read moreCD
(Out of print earlier Brazilian pressing – with bonus tracks!)
A beautiful batch of work from pianist Jovino Santos Neto – a very wide range of duets, spread out over one CD recorded in the US, and another in Brazil! Neto's sound here is quite rich, and quite varied – changing up nicely to fit the mood of the artist he's paired with on each track ... read moreCD
A gorgeous tribute to the music of Hermeto Pascoal – performed here by the twin pianists Jovino Santos Neto and Andre Mehmari, with some additional guest help from Hermeto himself! The album's way more than just a set of piano work, though – as the music really lives up to the larger ... read moreCD
Jovino Santos Neto & Weber Lago with Joe Lovano —
Live At Caramoor ... CD Adventure Music, 2008. New Copy ...
Haunting piano lines from Jovino Santos Neto and Weber Iago – recorded live at the Caramoor Jazz Festival, in a way that has each player handling solo tracks, then coming together for some especially nice duet numbers! Both Neto and Iago have a really lyrical approach to the keys – one ... 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
Maybe the best album we've ever heard from Japanese duo Orange Pekoe – a set that's served up in a Brazilian mode the group have never hit this strongly before, yet in a way that still holds onto all the soulful currents of their usual work! As you'd guess from the title, the set's a tribute ... (Neo Soul, Brazil)read moreCD
Nivaldo Ornelas —
Arredores ... CD Nivaldo Ornelas (Brazil), 1998. Used ...
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
There's a cool combination of styles going on here – a mix of gypsy swing and Brazilian choro – all served up by a Parisian combo who gets both modes right! The lineup here features two guitars, bass, and either clarinet or alto from Pierre-Louis Cas – reed instruments used in ... (Jazz, Brazil)read moreCD
Breathlessly beautiful work from the legendary Hermeto Pascoal – one of his greatest albums ever, and one of the best to showcase the fluidly jazzy sound of his style! The arrangements here are complex, but they're still also a bit more focused than on some of his experimental albums – ... 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 never-issued album by the great Hermeto Pascoal – recorded in the space between his 70s classics Slaves Mass and A Musica Livre – and every bit as amazing as those classics! The music here is fluid, open, and a fantastic mix of jazz and all of Hermeto's new ideas about musical ... 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
2CD set that culls together a huge amount of historic recordings by the reed player who was as important to Brazil as Coleman Hawkins was to America! Many of the tracks on here date back to the 30s, 40s, and 50s – and they're excellent examples of the strong musical influence that ... read moreCD
A great later album from Pixinquinha – a set recorded in the early 70s, but just as essential to his catalog as any titles from the classic years! The style here is great – with arrangements from Lyrio Panicali that still preserve some sense of tradition, yet also update the sound ... 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 haunting later album by Baden Powell – and one that features him playing solo guitar in a very moody setting! The album's a solo set – and most of the tracks are fairly dark, with a spare haunting sound that recalls some of Baden's European work, but with an approach that's older and ... read moreCD
Sadness on guitar – a perfect title for Baden Powell's work on his chosen instrument, especially the way he could bring a simple but emotive style to his music! Powell's work on guitar here is often quite spare, but beautifully handled – set up with rhythms by a small combo that ... 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
The lovely sound of Quarteto Em Cy never fails to please our ears – that sublime female harmony mode the quartet first forged during the bossa generation, and which has continued to evolve so strongly over the years! This album's a thing of subtle beauty – never overdone, never trying ... 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
Pery Ribeiro —
Abre Alas ... CD Som Livre/Discobertas (Brazil), 1974. New Copy ...
A very cool 70s album from Pery Ribeiro – one that's quite different than his better-known Brazilian albums of the 60s! Pery was no stranger to the recording studio by the time of this set – having recorded bossa, jazz, and other styles for a number of years – but here, he hits 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 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
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
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
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
Moacir Santos —
Ouro Negro ... CD Adventure Music, 1960s/1970s/1990s. New Copy 2CD ...
A fantastic collection of work by one of Brazil's greatest arrangers ever! Moacir Santos had an approach that was unlike anyone else – more complicated than Jobim, but with a gentle honesty that made any style sound spontaneous in his hands. The 2CD package features new versions of work ... 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