A great little fusion set from Airto – recorded in a mode that's a great bridge between his acoustic roots and some of his smoother albums in years to come! The sound has some key electric elements here – bits of bass, guitar, and keyboards – but there's still a strongly acoustic ... read moreCD
A lovely little Brazilian-styled set from tenorist Harry Allen – and one that features vocals and guitar from the wonderful Joyce! Almost all titles are originals by Antonio Carlos Jobim – as you'd guess from the title – but Allen's deep-voiced approach moves them into very ... (Jazz, Brazil)read moreCD
Leny Andrade —
Alvoroco ... CD Odeon/Joia Moderna (Brazil), 1973. New Copy ...
One of the coolest albums ever from Brazilian singer Leny Andrae – a set that takes her way past the usual jazz and bossa of other records, into territory that's completely sublime! The record features arrangements from some of the most sophisticated talents of the early 70s scene in Brazil ... read moreCD
An amazing bit of Brazilian funk – and the best album ever by this exciting soulful duo! The record's their first, and it's got a crackling intensity that you don't always find on their other albums – a groove that mixes hard samba with bass-heavy funk, with a sound that makes them one ... read moreCD
The only album we've ever seen by Hermes Aquino – a mid 70s singer/songwriter from Brazil, of the same post-bossa generation as Lo Borges and Milton Nascimento! Like those bigger names, Hermes works here in a style that's both personal and more wide-ranging – great songs helped along ... read moreCD
Fenix ... CD Far Out (UK), 2016. New Copy ...
The legendary Azymuth rises from the ashes – on this, their first record after the passing of keyboardist Jose Roberto Bertrami – with a sound that takes us back to the amazing cosmic funk of their first few albums in the 70s! The new keyboardist, Kiko Continentino, has a sound that's ... read moreCD
Sweet later work from bossa jazz drummer Milton Banana – a set of tunes delivered as a tribute to Antonio Carlos Jobim, but done very much in the spirit of Banana's best 70s work! The style here is a bit more expansive than Milton's harder-edged sets of the 60s – core trio work ... read moreCD
An excellent album by one of the greatest Brazilian funk bands ever – a wonderful blend of funk, jazz, and soul – and a set that rivals any of the best work coming from the US at the time! These guys are right on the money right from the start – moving through sharp changes with ... read moreCD
Banda Mantiqueira —
Con Alma ... CD SESCSP (Brazil), 2017. New Copy ...
Jazzy work from this Brazilian ensemble – a group who seek to bring older choro, samba, and bossa forms forward – while also mixing them with a bit of jazz from the American scene too! The group's especially strong on reedwork – both from leader Nailor Proventa, who plays alto ... read moreCD
Ayu ... CD Mr Bongo (UK), 2016. New Copy ...
Very cool sounds from this unique Brazilian group – an ensemble whose music mostly comes from their voices and percussive sounds made on their bodies! The approach is surprisingly great – and maybe not nearly as squishy as you'd expect – as there's a clean, clear sound to the ... read moreCD
Vincente Barreto —
Cambaco ... CD Guara (Brazil), 2016. New Copy ...
Fantastic work from Vicente Barreto – an artist who's been making music for decades in Brazil, but maybe has never sounded this fresh or exciting before! The set's got a surprisingly sharp edge – much more like some of the much younger indie records from the scene, but with a depth ... read moreCD
A landmark recording that is one of Jorge Ben's best albums ever! The album is a perfect realization of the way that Jorge mixes Brazilian rhythms with choppy Afro grooves – and the result is a masterpiece that yeilded some of his biggest tracks ever. Included here is the great choppy funk ... read moreCD
A stunner of a record from the mighty Jorge Ben – and a record that catapulted the Brazilian singer to international fame at the time! Ben had already been making magic for almost a decade down in Brazil – and his compositions and grooves left an undeniable impact on the scene in the ... read moreCD
(Limited edition of 2000 copies – in a nice LP-styled sleeve!)
Jorge Ben —
Big Ben ... CD Philips/Universal (Brazil), 1963. New Copy ...
Brilliant early work from Jorge Ben – a set that shouldn't be confused with the US album of the same name, and which is one of Jorge's first few gems of the 60s! The album's got Ben stepping out with a slightly jazzier feel than on his debut – a style that's still heavily steeped in ... read moreCD
Maybe one of the best-remembered albums from the legendary 70s run of Joao Bosco – a set that manages to bring together jazzy instrumentation, samba rhythms, folksy elements, and a whole new level of songwriting – all in a blend that beautifully announces Bosco's genius to the world! ... read moreCD
Some of the grooviest work ever cut by Brazilian trombonist Waltel Branco – a set that's very different than just about anything he ever put on record, and which is also material used in an early 70s TV series as well! The sound here is kind of a criss-cross between some of the cool ... read moreCD
An overlooked bit of contemporary genius from Brazil – a record that has all the depth, soul, and complexity of some of our favorites from decades back – and also the same sort of instantly-grabbing sound that transcends the boundaries of nation or language! Rodrigo Campos is a hell of ... read moreCD
Erasmo Carlos sounds even cooler here than usual – still working with tunes penned with his brother Roberto – but also taking on music by Caetano Veloso, Jorge Ben, and Marcos Valle too! There's a heady undercurrent to the record that's maybe a filtering-through of an earlier ... read moreCD
A seminal set from Erasmo Carlos – a record that has him stepping past the simpler rock modes of his youth, and really embracing some of the great changes going on in Brazilian music at the start of the 70s! These changes aren't just the expected psych modes, but also some of the more lofty, ... read moreCD
A record filled with cover images that run from Richard Nixon to Elvis Presley, to Mick Jagger, Caetano Veloso, Chairman Mao, Jorge Ben, Jimi Hendrix, and Andy Warhol – and a set whose sound definitely seems to live up to such heady company from the 20th century! Erasmo Carlos is at his ... read moreCD
Beth Carvalho was one of the leading lights of the new samba generation of the 70s – and this great little album is a good illustration of the lady at her best! Beth can hit a lively groove with the best of them, but also bring a bit more expression to her voice as well – sometimes ... read moreCD
Moody female vocals from Brazil – a great early 70s album with a dreamy feel and a nice electric touch! In a way, the album's a fair bit like the Ana Mazzotti album from the same period, with a mix of some funky scatting vocal numbers, and other tunes that are more laidback, but which fit ... read moreCD
Gal Costa —
India ... CD Philips (Japan), 1973. New Copy ...
One of the richest, most expressive albums ever from the great Gal Costa – a set from her immediate post-Tropicalia years, and one that shows that she's got a lot more to offer than just a wild sense of experimentation! Gilberto Gil is the musical director here – with help from Rogerio ... read moreCD
Instantly timeless work from Martinho Da Vila – a set that's every bit as powerful as his classic albums from the 70s – and done with an even more personal sound! Martinho first rose to fame at a time when there was a big wave of new samba recordings in Brazil – a mode that still ... read moreCD
Heavy drums, and some great grooves throughout – a wonderful album from percussionist Wilson Das Neves, and maybe his best record ever! The album's more funk than the samba in the title – although the best numbers have a little bit of both – almost an instrumental take on the ... read moreCD
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 still a lightness to Djavan's music at this point – a style that manages to ... read moreCD
If there's one rule about Brazilian music that seems truer and truer over the years – it's that greats from the 70s never seem to flag at all – and instead just keep getting better and better as time goes on! This album from Djavan is great proof of that rule – as the singer has ... read moreCD
A wonderful double-length set from this bossa piano legend – and a set that doesn't just feature the familiar standards promised in the title, but includes a number of bossa classics too! Joao's piano is right out front in the mix – working in a jazzy quartet that also includes really ... 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
A really tremendous album from Celso Fonseca – a set that really takes the singer to a whole new level, and may even find him a wider global audience as well! The album begins with the sublime title cut – an original by Celso, with beautiful English lyrics – and throughout the ... read moreCD
An amazing split album – one that features instrumental work by 2 of our favorite arrangers ever! Both Gaya and Rogerio Duprat were key forces in the sound of Brazil at the end of the 60s – Gaya for his soaring, leaping, often-funky arrangements for EMI/Odeon during the Blue Brazil ... read moreCD
A real standout from Gilberto Gil in the 80s – a live record from Tokyo, and one that's recorded with a spontaneous sound that's a nice change from some of his studio work! The group's got a nice horn section, who underscore things in a way that makes the whole thing feel a bit more soulful ... read moreCD
Gilberto Gil's working here not as the main artist, but as the songwriter – the very special talent around which this excellent set of recordings is based! The package is one of our favorite in the Lumiar Songbooks series – and, like the rest, it showcases the tremendous compositional ... read moreCD
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 ... read moreCD
A great live recording done for Brazilian TV – and a set that's also one of the most intimate recordings that the great Joao Gilberto made during the 90s! There's a very spare, stripped-down vibe to the album – very much in the spirit of Gilberto's classic material, with an undeniable ... 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
A set that features two fantastic pieces by composer Camargo Guarnieri – both full of color and light, both with a soaring piano performance by Cristina Ortiz, a player who really opens up the promise of the music! The CD also features an early composition (1902) by Alberto Nepomuceno, of ... (Classical, Brazil)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
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 ... read moreCD
A beautiful early gem from Nara Leao! This one has a similar feel to her classic O Canto Livre album – in that it's got a deeper approach than some of her bossa work, with a mix of some of the more complicated, slightly folksy styles used by singers like Geraldo Vandre or Chico Buarque De ... read moreCD
Beautiful work from the incredible Nara Leao – a record that's lightly driven by the bossa, but with some sadder and darker touches that really set the sound apart! Backings on most tracks are simply spare percussion, and an acoustic guitar follows Nara's vocals as they dart in and out of ... read moreCD
A beautiful album by Ivan Lins – truly one of his greatest records, and a real gem that stands out as one of the best in his already-excellent catalog! The set has Ivan stepping out strongly from his sound of the 70s – working with Gilson Peranzzetta in a set of arrangements that have ... read moreCD
Lovely vocals from Kay Lyra – the daughter of bossa legend Carlos Lyra, and a singer who's equally at home singing in English and Portuguese! There's definitely some bossa currents here that showcase her family legacy, but the sound is also much more wide-ranging too – especially on ... read moreCD
An amazing early effort from Brazilian soul hero Tim Maia – one of his greatest ever! Even at this early point in his career, Maia had a fantastically soulful feel in his voice – steeped in influences from American soul greats of the 60s, and recorded here with some great arrangements ... read moreCD
Four beautiful early albums from Maysa – the Brazilian singer who hit a bit of fame in the bossa nova years, but who also began her recording career in the 50s! Maysa's got a full, expressive style that's unusual if you only know Brazilian singers from the 60s onward – maybe almost ... read moreCD
One of our favorite albums ever from Luiz Melodia – a set that has a warmly jazzy vibe in the instrumentation, which seems to even further open up the soulful vocals of the singer! The set's got a nice balance between tightness in the instrumentation and looseness in the presentation – ... read moreCD
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 – ... read moreCD
Sergio Mendes is definitely a swinger – especially on this jazz-based session that was recorded before his famous work with Brasil 66! This album was recorded in New York, at a time when Mendes was one of the hottest things brewing in the bossa scene in Brazil – and apart from the ... read moreCD
A great little live set from Sergio Mendes and his Brasil 65 group – a pre-Brasil 66 combo that features Wanda De Sah on vocals and Rosinha De Valenca on guitar! The style here is more traditionally Brazilian bossa than Sergio's later work on A&M – a fluidly jazzy groove captured ... read moreCD
A weird little set of bossa grooves – one with an obscure origin, but a great sound overall! The album features singer Claudio Meranda, working here with an unnamed group – and the session was produced by Jack Millman, who we know as a west coast jazz talent – although due to the ... read moreCD
Moderna Orquestra De Samba —
Sambalanco ... CD Pawal/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1963. New Copy ...
A totally wonderful little combo – and one that features some excellent horn solos with a very jazzy vibe! The groove here is definitely the samba rhythms you'd expect, but there's also a lot of jazz in the mix too – a strong sense of soloing that has some key players stepping out from ... read moreCD
Marisa Monte's wearing a tiara on the cover, but that doesn't mean that she's gotten too classy for our company – as instead she's simply celebrating a great run of music over the past 20 years, by pulling together a selection of classics and more obscure numbers, including a number of titles ... read moreCD
(Deluxe Edition comes in a special printed plastic slipcover!)
Wonderful work from Marisa Monte – and a set that may well be the greatest record we've heard from her in years! There's a freshness here that grabs us right away – with the lure we felt when first hearing Monte's music many years ago, but cast here in a completely different style, too ... read moreCD
Ed Motta knocks it out of the park with this one – taking things in an even more soulfully classic direction than on his killer AOR album – and giving us key proof that he's one of the most important soul singers of the 21st Century so far! Ed's got a way of opening doors wherever he ... (Neo Soul, Brazil)read moreCD
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
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
A trio of classic albums from Brazilian singer Orlandivo – all presented with original artwork too! First up is A Chave Do Successo – the first album ever by samba singer Orlandivo, a great talent who had a knack for blending samba, bossa, jazz, and a bit of soul – surfacing here ... read moreCD
P Trio —
Embalo ... CD Paladium/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Mid 60s. New Copy ...
A beautiful bit of lost bossa jazz from 60s Brazil – the only album we've ever seen by the P Trio, an enigmatic group recording in Belo Horizonte – hardly the same center of bossa nova as the beaches in Rio! The session's got a spare and lively feel – similar to work at the time ... read moreCD
A long-overdue return to form from Pau Brasil – a Brazilian fusion combo that we've loved since their late 70s releases – stepping out strongly here in a setting that adds some deeper colors to their sound! The core group features Nelson Ayres on piano, Teco Cardoso on saxes and flute, ... read moreCD
A beautiful tribute to the career of Brazilian pianist Gilson Peranzzetta – a musician who's been adding his talents to records of some of the greats of that scene from the 70s onwards – including recordings by Ivan Lins, Simone, and Gal Costa! Peranzzatta's both a great musical ... read moreCD
A pair of killers from Dave Pike – early work in a tremendous career in music! First up is Bossa Nova Carnival – a sublime set of bossa nova numbers, all written by the bossa pianist Joao Donato! Joao doesn't actually play on the record, but his compositions here are enough – as ... (Jazz, Brazil)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
The greatest work so far from Philippe Baden Powell – the pianist son of the famous guitarist, and a musician we've been watching for years – maybe hitting his best promise here on a forward-thinking album for the Far Out label! Baden's rich piano lines and strong sense of arrangement ... read moreCD
A beautiful little soundtrack – one that's put together to accompany the fantastic bio-pic on the life of Elis Regina – one of the greatest Brazilian singers ever – and a set that's filled with some of her most compelling songs, plus a handful of great tracks by other artists too! ... 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. 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
A landmark album – not just in Brazilian music, but in all modern music in general! The set's a legendary manifesto for the Tropicalia movement in Brazil – and features key works by all the leading musical luminaries in the movement – including a few later stars who are heard ... read moreCD