Cannonball Adderley recorded this nice little groover in 1962, when American musicans were just getting on the bossa tip, and still keeping things pretty authentic. The record was cut in New York with Sergio Mendes' early Bossa Rio group – the legendary Brazilian jazz ensemble that featured ... (Jazz, Brazil)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Excellent American release from the brilliant Brazilian fusion outfit Azymuth. While occasionally they managed to get a bit complicated in their arrangements, the songs and groove never suffered for it, and the crisp modern production complements their tight sound nicely, with warm key washes and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Luiz Bonfa —
Bonfa ... LP Dot, Late 60s. Very Good+ ...
One of Bonfa's better pop-bossa efforts of the 60s, and a record that features some pretty solid arrangements by Deodato. The record's still a mix of easy tunes and bossa ones, with the usual confusion of some of Bonfa's other American records – but the groove is pretty solid Now Sound stuff ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very cool album recorded by Luiz Bonfa in the US, with cool electric arrangements by Deodato, and a sound that's unlike anything else he's ever done! Some tracks even get downright funky, and there's a nice break or two on here, if you're the type that digs for that sort of thing. Titles include ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, a cutout notch and a small stain inside the gatefold.)
A pretty great little album from Bonfa – always one of the more corruptible bossa players, working here in a groovy set of pop arrangements by Deodato with a lively American twist! Some tunes are fast-driving bossa numbers with good jazz accompaniment, others have backing vocals in a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Charlie Byrd gets some top-shelf treatment here – in a wonderful album of tunes by Antonio Carlos Jobim, all recorded with full backing arrangements, and sound quality that's a lot better than some of Byrd's previous albums! The setting has Charlie's acoustic guitar right up front in the mix ... (Jazz, Brazil)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A lovely little record from the man who helped Stan Getz find his bossa – and a set that's done with just a bit more backing than usual from Byrd for the time! The album makes nice use of additional percussion, vibes, cello, and a bit of flugelhorn to back up Byrd's work on acoustic guitar ... (Jazz, Brazil)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Bill Grauer pressing with microphone logo & deep groove. Cover has some light wear.)
Two funky samba numbers – back to back! There's a warm bassline that really makes "Eu Bebo Sim" great – a fast-stepping groove that keeps the rhythms fresh, while Elizeth Cardoso serves up some very expressive vocals over the top! Elza Soares sounds even cooler on the ... (Funky 45's, Brazil)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Cariocas were a swingin jazzy bossa vocal group, with a sound that was similar to the Tamba Trio, but a lot more jazzy. They recorded this rare album in the US during the mid 60s, under the auspices of Quincy Jones, who did all the arrangements for the session. The record's got a few ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has a small cutout hole.)
The incredibly soulful voice of Martinho Da Vila is mixed with some crack percussion arrangements, backing vocals, and great studio work - and the result is a classic album of funky samba tracks that's one of the best that he ever did! Titles include "Saudade E Samba", "Calango ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Later Brazilian pressing with black labels. Cover has light wear.)
Late 70s work from Deodato – quite different than his bossa organ work of the 60s, and early 70s funk sides – but pretty darn great nonetheless! The album shows Deodato's continuing shift towards a more soul-based sound – and it mixes together a smoother club sound with jazzier ... (Jazz, Brazil)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The legendary meeting of the two biggest Brazilian keyboard talents of the 70s – Joao Donato and Eumir Deodato – coming together in beautifully funky formation! The sound is a great blend of the moody electric work of Donato's classic Quem E Quem album, and some of the fuller, funkier ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Luiz Henrique & Walter Wanderley —
Popcorn ... LP Verve, 1969. Near Mint- ...
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 – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jazzy, scatting, and wonderful! Jazzinho firmly carry the torch of 70s Brazilian jazz – picking up the sound that the music had just as it started to spill into European and American scenes, with bossa nova at the core, but lots of nice electric touches on the top! The group features some ... (New Grooves, Brazil)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Herbie Mann returns to a Brazilian groove – a vibe that's slightly different than his bossa recordings of the 60s, but still mighty nice! During the previous decade, Mann was one of the biggest proponents of the new bossa sound – and worked on some really classic sides with key ... (Jazz, Brazil)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tania Maria —
Piquant ... LP Picante/Concord, 1981. Very Good+ ...
Great stuff! Tania Maria's first few years recording in the US were some of her best – and this excellent groover on Picante features some very tight Brazilian jazz tracks, cut with a small combo of west coasters, and produced by Cal Tjader with a smooth jazzy vibe. The overall sound is ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the funkiest albums Sergio Mendes ever recorded – a monster of a record that's filled with enough dancefloor groovers to have had a big impact on the soul market in the US! There's still elements of the older Mendes modes – especially in the way the vocals float nicely through ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dreamy bossa pop from the A&M studios of the 60s – the Brasil 66 sound at its best! The style here is a perfect blend of real Brazilian influences and some of the hipper styles bubbling in the LA studio scene of the time – all locked together perfectly by Sergio Mendes, in the twin- ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tremendous work from Ed Motta – a record that not only lives up to all the promise we've found in his music over the years – but which also goes way way beyond, and really knocks it out of the park! The title here is no lie, as Ed's a huge fan of AOR modes from the 70s – ... (Neo Soul, Brazil)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
By the mid 70s, Elis Regina had transformed from being a simple and strong bossa singer, into one of Brazil's best-ever singers – with a complicated emotional style that ranges with some of the best work of the 20th century (and we'd include singers like Sinatra, Scott Walker, and Jacques ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the heavy inner sleeve. Cover has some writing in pen.)
Bola Sete —
Ocean ... LP Takoma, 1975. Very Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
Beautiful record by Bola Sete, and probably one of his best. The great John Fahey produced this set for his Takoma label, and his history with the acoustic guitar lets him get all of these beautiful tones and sounds out of Bola's playing that are often missed on other recordings. The set includes ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful little album, very different than Wayne Shorter's other work, and sort of a "return of the favor" to the nation of Brazil for the country's rich musical influence on his music! Milton Nascimento sings vocals on most cuts, and if anything, the album resembles Nascimento's work ... (Jazz, Brazil)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Maybe Zoot was trying to compete with Stan Getz here, we don't know, but the groove's actually pretty great, and it's nice to hear a soloist as strong as Zoot working his way through some bossa covers. Of course this isn't authentic, but it's a nice groovy album nonetheless, and the arrangements ... (Jazz, Brazil)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mellow bossa guitar – in the tradition of Bonfa or Gilberto, but lacking the same sort of soul. Not bad, but kind of a "cash in on the big names" release by Capitol – although the record was originally recorded in Brazil, so it's at least got some sort of cred. Titles ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stunning vinyl focused box set of essential Tom Ze on Luaka Bop – including the albums Massive Hits (the great compilation made up primarily of songs from the superb and monsterously rare Estudando O Samba from the mid 70s), plus Ze's subsequent "studies" sets – 2005's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album