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Vinicius CantuariaTucuma ... CD CD format
Verve, 1999. Used ... $6.99
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Astrud GilbertoAstrud Gilberto Album ... LP LP format
Verve (Germany), 1965. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99
One of Astrud Gilberto's greatest albums of the 60s – a classic session produced for Verve by Creed Taylor, and featuring sweet gentle arrangements from Marty Paich, co-arranged with Antonio Carlos Jobim, who also plays guitar on the session next to the piano of Joao Donato! That's a mouthful of heavy-hitters, we know – but the result is a totally great session that has Astrud's light and gentle vocals drifting over some of the most magical bossa backings you'll ever hear. The whole thing's great, stuffed with bossa classics done in English – and titles include "Once I Loved", "Aqua De Beber", "O Morro", "Dindi", "Dreamer", and "Photograph". LP, Vinyl record album

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Astrud GilbertoAstrud Gilberto Plus James Last Orchestra ... CD CD format
Verve/Jazzclub (Germany), 1986. New Copy ... $8.99
A rare 80s set from Astrud Gilberto – cut at a time when she was hardly doing any new recording at all! As you'll guess from the title, the album has Gilberto teaming up with German groovemaker James Last – who handles all the orchestrations for the record, and shows a surprising sensitivity towards Astrud's bossa styles in his music. Last can sometimes be a bit over the top, but he's quite subtle here – leaving lots of room for Gilberto's sweetly sensitive vocals, and the music of her core combo, which features Romero Lubambo on guitar and Dudu Da Fonseca on percussion. Paulo Jobim guests on vocals and guitar on a few tracks – and titles include "Aqua De Beber", "Champagne & Caviar", "Samba Do Soho", and "Saci". CD

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Luiz Henrique & Walter WanderleyPopcorn ... CD CD format
Verve (Japan), 1969. Used ... $18.99
An excellent collaboration between two of Verve's best Brazilian artists of the late 60s – the groovy organist Walter Wanderley, and the breezy breathy vocalist Luiz Henrique! The set is a perfect example of the way that Verve took bossa playing and gave it a groovy production twist – turning it into something that was just a little bit different, in a mode that became America's best contribution to the bossa era! The legendary Sivuca puts in a great guest appearance on a few tracks – further enhancing the sound with his "singing" style of accordion work – and the whole thing bounces along in a magical groove that's hardly been duplicated again! Titles include a very unusual funk-based take on "Happy Birthday" – one that has a bit of a break to it – plus "Kee Ka Roo", "Popcorn" (not the Perry-Kingsley hit), "Florianopolis", "In My Automobile", "Dusty Road", and "Blue Island". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Popcorn ... LP 11.99

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Luiz Henrique & Walter WanderleyPopcorn ... LP LP format
Verve, 1969. Very Good ... $11.99
An excellent collaboration between two of Verve's best Brazilian artists of the late 60s – the groovy organist Walter Wanderley, and the breezy breathy vocalist Luiz Henrique! The set is a perfect example of the way that Verve took bossa playing and gave it a groovy production twist – turning it into something that was just a little bit different, in a mode that became America's best contribution to the bossa era! The legendary Sivuca puts in a great guest appearance on a few tracks – further enhancing the sound with his "singing" style of accordion work – and the whole thing bounces along in a magical groove that's hardly been duplicated again! Titles include a very unusual funk-based take on "Happy Birthday" – one that has a bit of a break to it – plus "Kee Ka Roo", "Popcorn" (not the Perry-Kingsley hit), "Florianopolis", "In My Automobile", "Dusty Road", and "Blue Island". LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl has a mark that clicks on Side 1.)
Also available Popcorn ... CD 18.99

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Antonio Carlos JobimAntonio Carlos Jobim (aka Composer Of Desafinado Plays) ... CD CD format
Verve, 1963. Used ... $5.99
Antonio Carlos Jobim's classic Verve session from 1963 – a tremendous record, done with a wonderful airy sound that became the trademark for bossa production in America – and which also had a great inspiration on the sound of mid 60s bossa in Brazil! Claus Ogerman arranged and conducts the orchestra, and Jobim plays guitar and piano – with a core group that also features Jimmy Cleveland on trombone and Leo Wright on flute, both American jazz players who help add some further complexities to the sound. Tracks include "Jazz Samba", "Favela", "O Morro", "Aqua De Beber", "Girl From Ipanema", and "Chega De Saudade". Packaged here in a beautiful two-tone Elenco cover – with a really classic look, and a different appearance than the Verve cover! CD
(Verve Master edition in a tri-fold digipack.)

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JoyceMusic Inside ... CD CD format
Verve (Japan), 1990. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the few Joyce albums ever issued in the US – a breezy outing from the end of the 80s, recorded with a bit more jazz than usual, and a number of English-language lyrics that were clearly intended to help break her into a wider market! Joyce is still very much in a comfortable setting on the record – dominating with her work on acoustic guitar and vocals – but she's also getting a bit more instrumental help than usual from a range of guests that include Kenny Werner, Ray Drummond, Ralp Moore, and Marvin Smitty Smith. The English alone is worth the price of the record – as we're usually relying on just our love of her voice to appreciate Joyce's usual Portuguese lyrics – and titles include "Bird Of Brazil", "Bird Of Japan", "Stonewashed", "Belafonte", "Essential", "Mysteries", and a nice cover of The Beatles' "Help". CD

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Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66Equinox (LP sleeve edition) ... CD CD format
A&M/Verve, 1967. Used ... $8.99
The second album by Sergio and crew – and a real push forward for the group! The basic format of two-female harmony leads is still in place – but for some reason, this album gives a bit more of a nod to Brazilian roots than before, and really spices things up with an even more interesting array of songs! There's a bit less of the pop/cover style than before, and a bit more of a nod towards the hipper side of Brazilian music – especially the modernists of the bossa nova generation. Brazilian tunes include versions of "Constant Rain", "Cinnamon & Clove", "Bim Bom", and "Wave" – and there's also a few nice English numbers, like their hit version of "Night & Day", and a great reading of "Watch What Happens"! CD
(Comes in a nice 5" paper sleeve – shaped just like a tiny record cover – very cool!)
Also available
Equinox ... LP 4.99
Equinox ... CD 9.99

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Toquinho & ViniciusPersonalidade ... CD CD format
Polygram/Verve, Late 60s/1970s. Used ... $1.99
A nice collection of work by the team of Toquinho and Vinicius De Moraes – featuring tracks from their Philips recordings, dated 1967 to 1983. Titles include "Meu Pranto Rolou", "Aquarela", "Samba Da Bencao", "As Cores De Abril", "Adeus", and "Escarvo Da Alegria", plus two longer tracks that combine a number of tunes. CD
Also available Personalidade ... CD 0.99

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Marcos ValleSamba '68 ... CD CD format
Verve (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the grooviest Verve albums of all time – a rare American session from Brazilian legend Marcos Valle – and his only US album to feature vocals! The album's even dreamier than Valle's early bossa sides from Brazil – and the setting has some nice Verve-like touches from Deodato – who handled the arrangements, and brings a nicely airy, nicely jazzy style to the record. Most tunes are sung as duets with his lovely wife Anamaria – made famous by the album's landmark groover "Crickets Sing For Anamaria" – an English-language version of Valle's earlier "Os Grilos". Other titles are all great too – and sport English lyrics that hardly ever got much exposure. In addition to the great "Crickets Sing For Anamaria", other titles include "The Face I Love", "She Told Me She Told Me", "Pepino Beach", "Chup Chup I Got Away", and "Batucada". CD

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Walter WanderleyBatucada ... LP LP format
Verve, 1967. Very Good Gatefold ... $11.99
One of our favorite Walter Wanderley albums ever – and a record that moves past the more familiar bossa trio style used on his hits for Verve, into groovier new territory with added players who include Dom Um Romao on drums and Marcos Valle on guitar! And not only is the lineup expanded, but the styles are too – as Wanderley moves away from the straighter bossa and samba jazz of his roots, into the world of more unusual, more complicated rhythms that were showing up in the Brazilian scene at the end of the 60s. Marcos Valle's contribution is felt strongly here – as the album includes a fantastic instrumental take on his classic "Crickets Sing For Anamaria" (aka "Os Grilos") – plus other Valle compositions that include "Ainda Mais Lindo", "Batucada", and "E Preciso Cantar". Other tracks include "Wave", "So What's New", and "O Barquinho". LP, Vinyl record album
(Side 1 has a mark that clicks on tracks one through three. Cover has a cutout hole, a small split on the top seam, and light wear.)

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VariousLa Vague Bresilienne Vol 2 ... CD CD format
Verve (France), 1989. Used ... $4.99
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Walter WanderleyKee-Ka-Roo ... LP LP format
Verve, 1968. Very Good- Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
One of our favorite albums ever from Walter Wanderley – a set that's much more complicated than his earlier trio records for Verve – and which really expands the sound with a host of added elements! Wanderley's core organ bossa groove is amplified wonderfully here with the addition of guitar, vibes, horns, and other elements – all of which help to change the rhythms and move the groove way past just simple stock bossa. Walter plays a bit of electric piano too – hinting at work on later albums – and other players include Jerome Richardson on flute, Bobby Rosengarden on vibes, John Pizzarelli on guitar, and even a bit of vocals from Marge Dodson. There's a wonderful variety of tunes on the set – including Joao Donato's "Amazonas", Baden Powell's "Canto De Ossanha", and Bob Crewe's "Music To Watch Girls By" – plus other gems like "Sensuous", "Sambao", "Arrinho Atoa", "Kee Ka Roo", and "The Bobo". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Astrud GilbertoShadow Of Your Smile ... LP LP format
Verve, 1965. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Astrud Gilberto's greatest albums – and quite possibly our personal favorite! The record features beautifully understated arrangements by Joao Donato, Don Sebesky, and Claus Ogerman – and the instrumentation is a haunting mix of bossa rhythms with darker orchestrations that bring out an emotional side of Astrud that you don't always get on other LPs. The track list is excellent, and includes some of her best tracks for Verve, like "Non Stop To Brazil", "Fly Me To The Moon", "O Ganso", and "Aruanda". Not to be passed up, and one that we never tire of listening to! LP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing with Van Gelder stamp.)

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New Toninho HortaDiamond Land ... LP LP format
Verve, 1988. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A beautiful American release from Toninho Horta – and one that features some great guest work by Joyce too! The sound here is a nice extension of Horta's early EMI albums in Brazil – a bit more jazz-based and somewhat polished – but still light years away from the sound of contemporary fusion in the US at the time. Toninho often uses that cool wordless style of singing that makes his music so magical – and in addition to some guest vocals from Joyce on two tracks – other artists include Nivaldo Ornellas and Wayne Shorter on saxes, Robertinho Silva on drums, and Marcio Montarroyos on flugelhorn. Titles include "Sunflower", "Mountain Flight", "Luisa", "Ballad For Zawinul", "Raul", and "Pilar". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Walter WanderleyCheganca ... LP LP format
Verve, 1966. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Bossa nova meets organ jazz – a real classic from the great Walter Wanderley, recorded right on the heels of his famous Rain Forest album for Verve! This set's in a very similar format to that one – core trio grooving with organ, bass, and drums – sometimes augmented with added percussion to expand out the bossa and samba rhythms of the tunes, but always done in that lean, clean style that made Wanderley a key figure in transforming the sound of the Hammond back in the 60s – not just in Brazil, but in US jazz circles as well! Tracks are all short, tight, and very groovy – and titles include "Voce E Eu", "Aqua De Beber", "Man & A Woman", "Amanha", and "Da Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole and a small split on the top seam.)

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New VariousAfro Brasil ... CD CD format
Verve, 1990. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The heavier side of Brazil – featuring 18 numbers that show the strong influence of African rhythms on the music of Rio, Bahia, and beyond! Tracks are a mixture of new and old recordings – and titles include "Guerra No Mar" by Maria Bethania, "Benca Negro" by Agepe, "Male Debale" by Lazzo, "Um Canto De Afoxe Para O Bloco Do Ile" by Caetano Veloso, "O Bondade" by Luiz Caldas, "Odile Odila" by Elba Ramalho, "Olere Camara" by Alcione, "Eh Bahia" by Nana Vasconcelos & The Bushdancers, "Ijexa Filhos De Gandhi" by Tribo Nacao Ijexa, and "Grito De Guerra" by Moraes Moreira. CD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing.)

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New VariousBrazilian Wave ... LP LP format
Verve (France), 1960s. Used 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A cool 2LP set of tracks from the legendary bossa nova years at Verve! The set was put together by French Polygram, and includes a huge bunch of stuff that we almost never find on vinyl anymore. Includes "If You Went Away", "It's Time To Sing", and "The Answer" by Marcos Valle; "Bossa Nova Cha Cha", "Ihla De Coral", and "Tristeza" by Luiz Bonfa; "Vivo Sonhando", "Reza", and "Mas Que Nada" by Luiz Henrique; "Soul Samba" by Bola Sete; "The Sea Is My Soul", "Berimbau", and "Dindi" by Astrud Gilberto; and lots more! LP, Vinyl record album

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New Luiz BonfaComposer Of Black Orpheus Plays & Sings Bossa Nova ... LP LP format
Verve, 1962. Used Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
One of the earliest of the classic Verve bossa nova sessions of the 60s – and a wonderful showcase for the talents of guitarist Luiz Bonfa! Most of Bonfa's previous recordings were done in a very spare or solo mode – and this set makes a nice change by adding in some larger orchestrations – yet still handled with great bossa sensitivity by Oscar Castro Neves and Lalo Schifrin – themselves very big up-and-coming talents at the time! The sound is bright and breezy, as you'd expect from Verve at this time – and Bonfa's a lot livelier than usual, and even sings on a number of cuts – with a charming quality that's a bit like Joao Gilberto. Titles include "Bossa Nova Cha Cha", "Sambalamento", "Vem So", "Samba De Duas Notas", "Domingo A Noite", "Quebra Mar", and "Adeus". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Astrud Gilberto & Walter WanderleyCertain Smile, Certain Sadness (UK pressing) ... CD CD format
Verve/Rev-Ola (UK), 1966. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Kind of a dream combination in one little album – especially if you dig breezy bossa from the 60s! Back in 1966, Verve Records got the great idea of teaming up its (then) biggest Brazilian imports – vocalist Astrud Gilberto and organist Walter Wanderley – both of whom were selling plenty at the time! Astrud's lovely vocals are matched beautifully with the lean, rhythmic bossa grooves of Wanderley's trio – and the result is a record that's near-perfect in execution. Most of the tracks are quite short, as is the record itself – but it's a perfectly concentrated dose of the Verve bossa sound at its best, with tracks that include "Portuguese Washerwoman", "Tu Meu Delirio", "A Certain Smile", "Call Me", "Here's That Rainy Day", "A Certain Sadness", "It's A Lovely Day Today", and a vocal version of Wanderley's big hit "Summer Samba", redone here as "So Nice"! Plus, this groovy reissue also includes two previously unissued cuts – "Who Needs Forever" and "The Sadness of After"! CD
 
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Leny AndradeA Sensacao ... CD CD format
BMG (Brazil), 1961. Used ... $14.99
The debut album from Brazilian jazz singer Leny Andrade – a wonderful session that's equal part scatting vocals, samba jazz, and smoky ballads! Andrade was one of the few Brazilian singers to really get the sound of American jazz from the start – and works here in a style that has lots of traces of some of the Verve vocalists of the late 50s, but which also dances along with a strong component of Brazilian rhythm and instrumentation. Titles include the totally groovy "Sambop", plus "Un Amor Igual Ao Seu", "Nao Da Pe", "Aguas Paradas", "Filosofia", "Receita Para Esquecer", "Procurando Voce", and "Samba De Uma Nota So". CD
(Out of print.)

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New Astrud GilbertoAstrud Gilberto Now ... LP LP format
Perception, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Killer work by Astrud Gilberto – very different than her Verve sides of the 60s! The album was produced by Astrud, arranged by Deodato – and has that wonderful warm full jazz feel of her classic album on CTI, but also a bit more like some of the funky work of Jorge Ben at the time – choppy at the bottom, with a sound that's a bit samba, and a bit funky at times. Mike Longo and Deodato play keyboards on the session, giving it an electric groove that works perfectly with Astrud's soaring vocals – and the whole album really holds together wonderfully! There's a nice bit of funk on the cut "Take it Easy My Brother Charlie" – and other tracks include "Zigy Zigy Za", "Baiao", "Gingele", "Bridges", and "Where Have You Been?". LP, Vinyl record album

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Luiz HenriqueA Bossa Moderna De Luiz Henrique (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD CD format
Philips/Think (Japan), 1964. New Copy ... $24.99
The title is perfect for the sound of this early set from Luiz Henrique – as the music is definitely the modern bossa promised in the title, and almost even groovier than some of Henrique's later American work for Verve! Luiz sings and plays guitar throughout – and often hits this wonderful mode that's equal parts samba and jazz, with lots of cool little inflections in both the vocals and instrumentation! The approach is a bit more lively than the usual bossa session, but never overdone as well – as Henrique keeps this perfect balance throughout, and really underscores the more sensitive emotions of the tunes with his very personal vocals. Luiz should have been a much bigger talent at the time – and this rare gem is proof that he was definitely one of the most striking talents on the Brazilian scene of the 60s. Titles include "Vagamente", "Balanco Do Mar", "Paz De Amor", "Se Amor E Isso", "Samba Skindim", "Toc Toc", and "Vou Andar Por Ai". CD

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New Sergio MendesBrasil '65 – Introducing The Voice Of Wanda De Sah ... LP LP format
Capitol, 1965. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
That's Brasil 65, not Brasil 66 – a distinction that marks a key early stage for the great Sergio Mendes – heard here on one of his first albums to mix together bossa jazz and vocals! The approach here is a bit more like vintage bossa dates from Brazil – or a bit like some of the Verve bossa records too – as Sergio's core trio is at the heart of every tune, playing with a great jazzy approach – then augmented in different ways by alto and flute from Bud Shank, guitar from Rosinha De Valenca, and vocals from the lovely Wanda De Sah! Production is perfect – really in a classic Elenco Records mode – and titles include "Let Me", "Consolacao", "Tristeza Em Mim", "Muito A Vontade", "Reza", "Berimbau", and "Aquarius". LP, Vinyl record album

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Wanda de SahSoftly ... LP LP format
Capitol, 1965. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
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 vocals that are possibly better – thanks to Wanda's pedigree in Brazilian pop. Recordings were done in California, not Rio – and arrangements are handled by the great Jack Marshall – who's got a strong ear for keeping things interesting with a mix of strings, Latin rhythms, and Capitol pop shadings. Titles include "Aqua De Beber", "Ho Ba La La", "Sweet Happy Life", "The Dreamer", and a great version of "Aruanda". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Walter WanderleyOrganized ... LP LP format
Philips, Mid 60s. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Very groovy organ bossa and samba tracks – recorded early on by Wanderley in Brasil, but released later in the U.S. to cash in on his success on Verve! The record has a lot of nice little Brazilian groovers – including an original Brazilian version of "Summer Samba", a great cover of "Deus Brazileiro", and the tracks "Reza", "Garota Moderna", "Opiniao", and "Batucada Sergiu". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a heavily stained and wrinkled corner.)

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Neyde Fraga with Walter WanderleyBalancando (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD CD format
Philips/Think (Japan), 1964. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A really wonderful set of bossa nova vocals – one that features singer Neyde Fraga working with the keyboard talents of the great Walter Wanderley! Walter later cut a famous record for Verve with Astrud Gilberto – but this sweet little set is a real prequel to that album, and features Wanderley trying out a whole host of wonderful grooves with Fraga – almost all of which feature his sparkling Hammond organ in the lead! Fraga's a singer with a bit more punch than Astrud at times, which works great for Walter's jazzy style – and the set's filled with bubbling groovers that include "Diz Que Fui Por Ai", "Doce Amor", "Samba No Balanco", "Questao De Moral", "Balanco Do Mar", "Sambou Sambou", and "Amanhecendo". CD

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Walter WanderleyBatucada ... CD CD format
Polydor (Japan), 1967. Used ... Just Sold Out!
One of our favorite Walter Wanderley albums ever – and a record that moves past the more familiar bossa trio style used on his hits for Verve, into groovier new territory with added players who include Dom Um Romao on drums and Marcos Valle on guitar! And not only is the lineup expanded, but the styles are too – as Wanderley moves away from the straighter bossa and samba jazz of his roots, into the world of more unusual, more complicated rhythms that were showing up in the Brazilian scene at the end of the 60s. Marcos Valle's contribution is felt strongly here – as the album includes a fantastic instrumental take on his classic "Crickets Sing For Anamaria" (aka "Os Grilos") – plus other Valle compositions that include "Ainda Mais Lindo", "Batucada", and "E Preciso Cantar". Other tracks include "Wave", "So What's New", and "O Barquinho". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Batucada ... LP 11.99

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New Astrud GilbertoAstrud Gilberto Now ... LP LP format
Perception, 1972. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Killer work by Astrud Gilberto – very different than her Verve sides of the 60s! The album was produced by Astrud, arranged by Deodato – and has that wonderful warm full jazz feel of her classic album on CTI, but also a bit more like some of the funky work of Jorge Ben at the time – choppy at the bottom, with a sound that's a bit samba, and a bit funky at times. Mike Longo and Deodato play keyboards on the session, giving it an electric groove that works perfectly with Astrud's soaring vocals – and the whole album really holds together wonderfully! There's a nice bit of funk on the cut "Take it Easy My Brother Charlie" – and other tracks include "Zigy Zigy Za", "Baiao", "Gingele", "Bridges", and "Where Have You Been?". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Sealed – but cover and shrinkwrap have some light wear.)
Also available Astrud Gilberto Now ... LP 9.99

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New Astrud GilbertoLook To The Rainbow (Japanese pressing) ... LP LP format
Polydor (Japan), 1965. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the moodiest Verve albums from Astrud Gilberto – a set that has some surprising arrangements by Gil Evans – working here on one of his few 60s dates with a singer! Astrud's blue-tinged vocals work perfectly with Evans' backdrops – and Al Cohn also takes over the helm on two of the album's tracks, but still does a very good job of keeping the groove. There's a nice mix of sadness and lightness in the set – and titles include a wonderful version of "Berimbau" that actually features berimbau playing by Dom Um Romao, a great take on "El Preciso Aprender A Ser So" with English lyrics, and the titles "Bim Bom", "Lugar Bonito", "Frevo", and "Once Upon A Summertime". LP, Vinyl record album
(With obi.)

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New Astrud Gilberto & Walter WanderleyCertain Smile, Certain Sadness (Japanese pressing) ... LP LP format
Polydor (Japan), 1966. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Kind of a dream combination in one little album – especially if you dig breezy bossa from the 60s! Back in 1966, Verve Records got the great idea of teaming up its (then) biggest Brazilian imports – vocalist Astrud Gilberto and organist Walter Wanderley – both of whom were selling plenty at the time! Astrud's lovely vocals are matched beautifully with the lean, rhythmic bossa grooves of Wanderley's trio – and the result is a record that's near-perfect in execution. Most of the tracks are quite short, as is the record itself – but it's a perfectly concentrated dose of the Verve bossa sound at its best, with tracks that include "Portuguese Washerwoman", "Tu Meu Delirio", "A Certain Smile", "Call Me", "Here's That Rainy Day", "A Certain Sadness", "It's A Lovely Day Today", and a vocal version of Wanderley's big hit "Summer Samba", redone here as "So Nice"! LP, Vinyl record album
(With obi.)

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New Wanda de SahSoftly ... LP LP format
Capitol, 1965. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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 vocals that are possibly better – thanks to Wanda's pedigree in Brazilian pop. Recordings were done in California, not Rio – and arrangements are handled by the great Jack Marshall – who's got a strong ear for keeping things interesting with a mix of strings, Latin rhythms, and Capitol pop shadings. Titles include "Aqua De Beber", "Ho Ba La La", "Sweet Happy Life", "The Dreamer", and a great version of "Aruanda". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has some light wear.)
Also available Softly ... LP 9.99

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New Wanda SaBossa Nova Anos 60 (Vagamente/Brasil 65/Softly) (3CD set) ... CD CD format
Discobertas (Brazil), 1964/1965. New Copy 3CD ... Out Of Stock
Three bossa nova gems from Wanda Sa – packaged together in one great set! First up is Vagamente – a stunning early bossa session by Wanda Sa – the singer who recorded for Capitol in the US under the name Wanda De Sah – but who sounds even better here in her native Brazil! Roberto Menescal put the session together, and it's filled with all of the inventive twists and turns of his own 60s work on Elenco – bits of organ, piano, flute, and percussion all sliding around magically underneath the vocals – played by a variety of groups led by Menescal, Tenorio Jr, Luiz Carlos Vinhas, and Deodato! But even more than the instrumentation, Wanda's vocals are really the star of the set – a bit breathy and nicely restrained – almost like Nara Leao in her youth, and perfectly recorded in the best RGE tradition! Titles include "Adriana", "Tristeza De Nos Dois", "Vagamente", "Vivo Sonhando", "Encontro", "Inutil Paisagem", and "E Vem O Sol". Next is Brasil 65 – an album issued under the name of Sergio Mendes, and one of his first albums to mix together bossa jazz and vocals! The approach here is a bit more like vintage bossa dates from Brazil – or a bit like some of the Verve bossa records too – as Sergio's core trio is at the heart of every tune, playing with a great jazzy approach – then augmented in different ways by alto and flute from Bud Shank, guitar from Rosinha De Valenca, and vocals from the lovely Wanda De Sah! Production is perfect – really in a classic Elenco Records mode – and titles include "Let Me", "Consolacao", "Tristeza Em Mim", "Muito A Vontade", "Reza", "Berimbau", and "Aquarius". Softly is last – a great 60s bossa album on Capitol! 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 vocals that are possibly better – thanks to Wanda's pedigree in Brazilian pop. Recordings were done in California, not Rio – and arrangements are handled by the great Jack Marshall – who's got a strong ear for keeping things interesting with a mix of strings, Latin rhythms, and Capitol pop shadings. Titles include "Aqua De Beber", "Ho Ba La La", "Sweet Happy Life", "The Dreamer", and a great version of "Aruanda". CD

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New Walter WanderleyPerpetual Motion Love (plus bonus tracks) ... CD CD format
GNP/Creole Stream (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Really great later grooves from bossa giant Walter Wanderley – an early 80s set that's got a different feel than some of his 60s albums for Verve Records – but a style that's still plenty darn nice! Walter plays Arp and moog next to his more familiar organ lines – and the overall feel is a bit like an update of his late 60s work for CTI records on the Moondreams album, but with a slightly more contemporary vibe! Bossa elements are still at the core of the rhythms, but they're handled in a looser way – by a rhythm trio that features John Pisano on guitar, Jose Marino on bass, and Alex Acuna on drums and percussion. Titles include "Perpetual Motion Love", "Recife", "Astronaut", "Jet Samba", "Amazonas", "Surfboard", and "On My Mind". CD features bonus tracks – "Laia Laidai", "Somewhere In The Hills", "She Told Me", "Jazz & Samba", and "O Barquinho". CD
 
 
 



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