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✨✧ Seu Jorge & AlmazSeu Jorge & Almaz ... CD
Now Again, 2010. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Incredible music from Seu Jorge – and that's saying a lot, given how much we've loved all of his previous records! This time around, Jorge really knocks it out of the park – by stepping away from some of his tighter styles, and going for a looser, more organic approach that's totally great – forged strongly with the cool combo Almaz, which features members of Nacao Zumbi, and bassist Antonio Pinto – the guy behind the great music in City Of God! The result is a record that's completely fresh, new territory for Jorge – but a set that also still holds onto all the best charms of his previous records too – and given that he's always seemed poised for superstardom and global crossover, it's even more incredible that he's made such a rootsy record like this! The record's filled with cool covers – all given the Almaz twist – tunes by Kraftwerk, Roy Ayers, Michael Jackson, Jorge Ben, Tim Maia, and others – completely reworked, and tuned up with spare instrumentation that's mostly guitar, bass, and drums. Titles include "Everybody Loves The Sunshine", "The Model", "Cala Boca Menino", "Girl You Move Me", "Juizo Final", "Cirandar", "Tempo De Amor", and "Rock With You". CD
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✨✧ Chico BuarqueAlmanaque ... CD
Universal (Brazil), 1982. Used ... $6.99
The kind of record that kept Chico Buarque going strong well into his later years – a beautifully-penned, beautifully-sung album filled with subtle graces and charms! The style here is vaguely samba-oriented, but as with most of Chico's other work, it's delivered in a mode that defies simple genre distinctions – that true blend of modes that Buarque virtually introduced in the early years of MPB, and which he could still pull off better than anyone else. The album's wonderfully free of gimmicks, and has a depth that really rewards repeated listenings – and backings are by a host of top-shelf musicians who include Toquinho, Toninho Horta, Cristovao Bastos, Mauro Senise, Robertinho Silva, Djalma Correa, and Marcio Montarroyos. Arrangements are mostly by Francis Hime, who also plays on the record – but Dori Caymmi and Edu Lobo also contribute arrangements too. Titles include "As Vitrines", "Almanaque", "Tanto Amar", "Angelica", "Moto Continuo", "Ela e Dancarina", and "O Meu Guri". CD
(Note: CD is missing back artwork in case – and is priced accordingly. Out of print.)

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Cometa (Kassin)Cometa ... LP
Nublu, 2016. New Copy Gatefold ... $19.99 20.99
A totally wonderful project from the mad musical world of Brazilian genius Kassin – a set of all-instrumental tracks by the group Cometa – a combo who seem equally at home in the worlds of jazz and funk, as they do in a much wider territory of music, too! The record bristles with so many elements at once, each new track seems to be a fresh surprise – as the group will slide into moments that echo older soundtracks, or surf instrumentals, or even some of the more contemporary modes that Kassin has given us in his projects of the past decade or so – but fused into a more live, spontaneous energy by this group! The lineup includes lots of excellent keyboard lines and guitar work (the latter from Kassin), plus drums and guitar – yet despite these familiar elements, the overall sound is quite unique, and very fresh. Titles include "Jogada Senil", "Marini Squad", "Antenna", "Ashes", "Troy", "Liquid Jesus", "Bad Weather", and "Double Dip". LP, Vinyl record album

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Celso Fonseca & Ronaldo BastosJuventude – Slow Motion Bossa Nova ... CD
Universal, 2001. Used ... $9.99
Slow Motion Bossa Nova certainly fits this one – a beautiful album of lush jazzy arrangements, done in the 60s style of artists like Roberto Menescal or Lalo Schifrin, but with added touches of soulful vocals by Celso Fonseca. The assemblage of musicians on the record is great – and players feature old and young bossa talents that include Joao Donato, Robertinho Silva, Marcio Montarroyos, Luiz Alves, Daniel Jobim, and Jaques Morelenbaum. The album's far more than a 60s bossa reprise – as it's filled with original tunes that sparkle with the gentle easiness of some of Ivan Lins' best work of years past. Titles include "Satelite Bar", "Samba E Tudo", "A Voz Do Coracao", "Dylan Em Madrid", "Feito Pra Voce", "Miles Ahead Of Time", and "O Sorriso De Angkor". CD
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Antonio Carlos JobimAntonio Brasileiro Jobim ... CD
Sony (Japan), 1995. New Copy ... $14.99
Later work from bossa legend Antonio Carlos Jobim – and a set that shows just how creative his talents could grow over the years! Jobim was never stuck in the simple trappings of the generation from which he emerged, and could instead find ways to bring the airy brilliance of his style into play with new modes of arrangement and production – holding onto his legacy in all the right ways, but never being just a rehash of himself. The younger Paulo and Daniel Jobim produced – and Antonio both sings and plays piano, in the company of Raul De Souza on trombone, Marcio Montarroyos on trumpet, and Paulo Jobim as well. Sting guests on one track, but never gets in the way – and the album also features guest appearances by Dorival Caymmi and Maria Luiza Jobim. Titles include "Piano Na Mangueira", "Trem de Ferro", "Radames Y Pele", "Pato Preto", "Maricotinha", "Forever Green", and "Samba De Maria Luiza". CD

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Sergio MendesHorizonte Aberto ... CD
Som Livre (Brazil), 1979. New Copy ... $13.99
Quite a compelling album from Sergio Mendes – one that was never issued in the US, and which is a nice contrast to his American records of the time! The vibe here is maybe a bit more Brazilian, and a bit more jazzy, than some of the more soul-based sounds that Sergio was cutting in LA – a bit of a return to bossa roots, but given some more 70s electric currents, too – and set to great arrangements with help from Oscar Castro Neves, Dave Grusin, and Waltel Branco – in that swirling mix of vocals, percussion, and jazzy instrumentation that we love in Sergio's music. The set features guest appearances from trumpeter Marcio Montarroyos and singer Djavan – both of whom further the Brazilian current of the set – and all lyrics are in Portuguese, on titles that icnlude "Milagre", "To Voltando", "Horizonte Aberto", "Desenredo", "O Mar E Meu Chao", "Adeus America", and a sublime reading of Toninho Horta's "Aquelas Coisas Todos". CD

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✨✧ Claudio MerandaBrazilian New Wave ... CD
Crestview/Essential, Mid 60s. New Copy ... About August 30, 2016 (delayed)
A weird little set of bossa grooves – featuring singer Claudio Meranda, working here with an unnamed group on an obscure session for the dodgy Crestview label. The session was produced by Jack Millman, who we know as a west coast jazz talent – and we're not sure if he's leading the group or not, but the backing is in small combo mode – with guitar, bass, percussion, and a touch of flute. The tracks are dreamy and lovely, and although we're not sure of Meranda's actually Brazilian, and although the recording quality has a weird echoey quality to it, the overall sound is still quite nice, with some unexpected dark edges. One more odd thing about the record is that the tracks listed on the label do not correspond to those that appear to actually have been recorded – but since there's also no publishing credits, the switch-over might have been one way to avoid paying royalties! Titles include "Favela", "Agua De Beber", "Samba For Two", "Tem Do De Mim", "Barquinho", and "My Kind Of Girl". CD

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✨✧ Lula CortesRosa De Sangue ... CD
Rozenblit/Time Lag Records, 1980. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The final chapter of Lula Cortes amazing run of music in 70s Brazil – a small label release that brilliantly blends together a range of psychedelic influences – all with a gritty edge that's quite different than what you might expect from the date of the album! Things here are every bit as tripped out as on some of Lula's other albums from years before – trippily poetic, occasionally folksy, and sometimes touched with heavier electric moments that really offset the gentler, more organic moments. The reissue features full notes on the music by Cortes himself – and the package offers a rare chance to hear an album whose original pressing was supposedly destroyed before it was ever released! Really great sound, and a lovely package that more than lives up to Lula's amazing music. CD

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✨✧ Robson Jorge & Lincoln OlivettiRobson Jorge & Lincoln Olivetti (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Polysom (Brazil), 1981. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Great 80s grooves from this cool Brazilian duo – the guitar and vocals of Robson Jorge and a sweet range of keyboards from Lincoln Olivetti – tied together in a style that's got plenty of great electro soul touches! At some level, the album recalls some of the 80s grooves coming from the US soul scene at the time – but the music also has elements that reflect some of the Brazilian funk of groups like Unaio Black or Banda Black Rio, and maybe even some of the styles of Marcos Valle in the early 80s too! There's a depth to the instrumentation that reflects a stronger understanding of jazz than most groups of this nature – and the vocals often take more of a place on the sidelines in favor of the instrumentation. The jazz sound is underscored by work from Marcio Montarroyos on trumpet and Leo Gandelman on baritone sax – and titles include "Eva", "Jorgea Corisco", "No Bom Sentido", "Raton", "Squash", "Ginga", and "Alegrias". LP, Vinyl record album

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