The lovely Joyce – sounding lovelier here than we've heard in years – on a special Japanese album that really takes the singer back to her best classic territory! Backing is by a small group, and nicely jazzy – with piano from Helio Alves, and drums from Tutty Moreno – ... 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
Celso Murilo —
Mr Ritmo ... CD Pawal/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1959. New Copy ...
A very groovy set from keyboardist Celso Murilo – a 60s album of organ and piano instrumentals with a really cool groove! The record follows in the best tradition of small combo bossa sessions – mixing together a strongly rhythmic approach that includes percussion by the great Rubens ... read moreCD
A wonderful early groover from Brazilian keyboardist Celso Murilo – an artist who plays organ over samba rhythms here – in the same style as the legendary Walter Wanderley! Celso never got the kind of American fame that Wanderley did with his records on Verve – but the approach ... 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
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
Legendary work from Milton Nascimento – one of his first albums, and still one of his greatest! The record is amazing – a sublime blend of soulful vocals, baroque orchestrations, and just the right amount of jazzy touches – handled in a way that forever proclaimed Milton as one ... read moreCD
Music from a stage production on the life and genius of Milton Nascimento – presented here as a wonderful reinterpretation of his songs! Despite the stage setting of the performance, the presentation of the music is very intimate – maybe even more so at times than some of Milton's ... read moreCD
A Brazilian group, but one who play with a wonderfully spiritual sound – with currents of jazz that take us back to the early 70s years of Strata East and Impulse Records, but given perhaps a bit more of a contemporary twist! The large lineup definitely lives up to the orchestra in their ... (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
Rare work from Novos Baianos – one of the hippest Brazilian groups of the post-Tropicalia years, heard here in a selection of tracks from the start of their career! The material is from the group's first record ever, originally a 7" EP – and the four track set is relatively short, ... read moreCD
We'll admit that we don't know anything at all about Fernando Oly – but he's a hell of an artist, with a richness to his music that really seems to put him in the same territory as the 70s generation of Milton Nascimento and his associates! In fact, there's a lofty vibe to the record that ... read moreCD
A record we'd love to know more about – because the sound and presentation is so amazing! The set brings a bossa vibe to a mixture of American jazz and soundtrack tunes – often folding two tracks into one performance, and couching the melodies in some fuller strings and lighter, lively ... read moreCD
P Trio —
Embalo ... CD Paladium/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Mid 60s. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
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
One of Baden Powell's grooviest albums ever – a brilliant blend of his bossa roots with the freer 70s grooves of MPS! The album follows the mode of some of his other European recordings, but is still a bit different – in that the overall sound is a bit freer than before, with tracks ... read moreCD
(Great LP sleeve edition – new remastering, new notes, and even a picture of the original master tape!)
One of the greatest collections of work we've ever seen from Quarteto Em Cy – a CD that features their entire Som Definitivo album from 1964, plus 18 more bonus tracks pulled from two other albums! Som Definitivo is an incredible album – one in which the Brazilian female harmony ... read moreCD
The lovely Quarteto Em Cy sing the work of Dorival Caymmi, Edu Lobo, and Antonio Carlos Jobim – plus additional contributions from junior members of their families! The style is that warm four-part harmony that the group first forged back in the bossa years – updated here a bit with ... read moreCD
Vintage live work from this legendary Brazilian rocker – a series of different concerts, all brought together in a very cool 2CD package! The set features material from the shows Atlantida (1973), Um Dia Antes Da Vida (1976), Tres Aboios Diferentes (1974), and Coletiva De Musica Paraibana ... read moreCD
A wonderful live set from the great Elis Regina – recorded right around the same time as her classic concert album at Montreux, and done with some similar jazzy currents! Elis' vocals are great, and have a style that's more personal and spontaneous than on some of her studio albums from the ... 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
Sergio Ricardo may be playing a toy piano on the cover of the album, but his instrument on record is pure piano all the way through – handled with a really dynamic energy that fits the samba-styled, pre-bossa grooves of the album! The record's a great cross-crossing of modes – with ... 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
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
Hareton Salvanini —
SP 73 ... CD Continental/Mr Bongo (UK), 1973. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
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
Agostinho Dos Santos —
Musica Nossa ... CD Ritmos Codil/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1967. New Copy ...
A really great 60s record from Brazilian singer Agostinho Dos Santos – an artist who has part of the class of the bossa generation, and part of the depth of the samba soul singers to come – a very unique approach that nicely puts this rare album at the crossroads of Brazilian music! ... read moreCD
Pedro Santos —
Krishnanda ... CD CBS/Mr Bongo (UK), 1968. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
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
Reedman Mauro Senise has always been one of the few musicians able to equally mix jazz and Brazilian music styles with effortless ease – not just bossa or samba jazz, but a range of different modes that have made Senise one of the key interpreters of songs from the MPB generation over the ... 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
Elza Soares sings the music of Lupicino Rodrigues – the legendary composer of blue-tinged samba tunes from the 20th century! Rodrigues' songs have just the right amount of subtle emotion to bring out the best in Soares – a singer who's clearly aged since the last time we've heard her ... read moreCD
Nine different Brazilian pianists, each performing a solo selection of their own – in a concert setting that has each musician really rising to the occasion in the others' company! The difference in modes and manners here is strong, but much of the material follows the warmly melodic style ... read moreCD
An honest to goodness actual bossa nova session from Toquinho – one that's recorded during the 60s, and not one of his bossa-revival styled sets from later years! The Toquinho here is a bit more tender and tentative than in later years – playing acoustic guitar in a setting that evokes ... 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
A gentle 70s classic from the team of Toquinho and Vinicius De Morais – recorded with a slow-building sound that's really great! There's a bit of extra backing at points, but never used too much – and some parts of the record are spare enough to only feature the voice of Vinicius ... read moreCD
One of the most striking of the Toquinho/Vinicius De Moraes pairings of the 70s – thanks to the presence of some added "amigos" who really help push the sound of the set – and make for a richer, more fully-voiced presentation of the wonderful lyrics of Vinicius! The album's ... 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
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
An excellent album from Marcos Valle – and one of his rarest! The album is extremely hard to describe, but it's kind of a baroque extension of his groundbreaking work in the early 70s, with some of the best songwriting of his career, and majestic arrangements that sound great behind his ever- ... read moreCD
A holy grail! This is one of Marcos Valle's best-ever albums – and it's certainly the one to best realize the larger scope he was heading for in the years after the bossa – that sublime mix of jazz and more expansive arrangements – a perfect fit for the growing sophistication of ... read moreCD
A fantastic collection that was part of a huge return to fame for Marcos Valle during the 90s – a time when he was emerging from obscurity and recording great music of his own – and also finally getting his due from some of his Brazilian contemporaries too! The collection features new ... read moreCD
Brilliant work from Geraldo Vandre – an overlooked singer/songwriter who was a key bridge between the early bossa years and more sophisticated MPB sounds in the 70s! In the years immediately preceding the rise of the MPB giants of the post-Tropicalia years, Geraldo Vandre was one of Brazil's ... read moreCD
An incredible meeting of these two legendary artists – both musicians who transformed the sound of Brazil from the 60s onward – and who've also been a hell of an inspiration to many of us up in North America too! The passage of time hasn't dimmed the genius of Caetano Veloso or ... read moreCD
(DVD is NTSC, All Region. Includes four bonus postcards too.)
Luiz Carlos Vinhas —
No Flag ... CD EMI/Odeon (Brazil), 1970. New Copy ...
Forget the silly cover on this one – and go straight for the grooves! The album's a wonderful bossa session from the 70s – recorded live by pianist Luiz Carlos Vinhas, best known for his groundbreaking work with the group Bossa Tres! Vinhas plays acoustic piano in trio format – ... 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
A tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution – and a sweet little set that starts and ends with spoken bits from Fidel Castro, yet also includes lots of classic Latin grooves in the middle! Some of the work here predates the revolution, which might make it subject to false ... (Latin, Brazil)read moreCD
An amazing little box set – filled with 10 rare bossa nova albums from the Brazilian underground of the 60s – almost all of which we'd never heard before! The records here were mostly issued on small labels at the time – the kind of sets that never circulated widely outside of ... read moreCD
A bossa nova treasure trove – 10 rare albums from the Brazilian underground of the 60s – all appearing here on CD for the first time ever! These sets go way past the bossa stereotypes of the time – not just breathy vocals, or jazzy piano trios, but a wealth of interesting ... read moreCD
Brazilian grooves that sound a lot more American than you might expect – a great run of funky club cuts that are dripping with plenty of soul and jazzy instrumentation! These tracks may hail from Brazil, but they have a vibe that really shows the growing Brazilian love of American soul at ... (Funky Compilations, Brazil)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
Not the entire Brazilian scene – but a sweet little set with some wonderful bossa numbers! About half the record features the initial album recorded by Ze Maria – the great Tudo Azul, a lost bossa organ classic – and a set that features some vocals by Jorge Ben! The album's a ... read moreCD
A killer collection of contemporary underground sounds from Brazil – not the kind of bigger pop that usually filters over here from the world music market – but instead a range of really well-chosen tracks that beautifully illustrate a new wave of creativity in the city of Sao Paulo! ... 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
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
70s psychedelia from the northeastern state of Pernambuco, Brazil – incredible stuff that combines rawly percussive tropical sounds with a world of psychedelic creativity and possibilities – one of the best compilations ever put together by Mr Bongo! Lula Cortes was a pivotal figure ... read moreCD