One of the coolest, grooviest albums you'll ever hear from the legendary percussionist Airto – a set that mixes his own Brazilian roots with the electric genius of 70s CTI – all with stunning results! Airto's in the lead – and blows some beautiful wood flute lines alongside ... (Jazz, Brazil)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Warmly mellow grooves from Azymuth – a set that nicely lives up to the "Flame" in the title – and which shows the strengths the trio picked up during their years in the US! The sound here is round and soulful – a great fusion of the group's roots in the 70s Brazilian ... 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
One of the greatest Luiz Bonfa albums we've ever heard! The record was recorded in Paris in 1962 – and it's got a clean lively bossa sound that reminds us a lot more of the catchy early work by Joao Gilberto and Baden Powell than Bonfa's sometimes flowery sessions from the same time. There's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great little session from Luiz Bonfa – one that features a hip core combo mixed with slightly larger backings – all in a groove that really stands out from other mainstream bossa albums of the 60s! Bonfa's acoustic guitar is set up here with Jerome Richardson on flute, Don Payne on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
(Sealed 60s pressing!)
Bossa Rio —
Alegria! ... LP Blue Thumb, Early 70s. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
An incredibly groovy record – and one of two rare sides cut by Bossa Rio – a short-lived vocal group handled by Sergio Mendes! The sound here is kind of an extension of Sergio's work with Brasil 66 – but Bossa Rio have deeper chops vocally, with both male and female singers ... 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
Wonderfully evocative work from Egberto Gismonti – a set based around the music of Hecto Villa-Lobos, but taken to much more creatively modern territory! The older compositions are a wonderful match for Gismonti's free-thinking approach to music – and the tunes are really opened up ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredibly pure moment of genius from Jobim! Features one of the best versions of "Aqua De Marco" ever, done up in these haunting blue chords, backed by great baroque orchestrations, which descend and trail off, then come sweeping back in. The whole album's just as great, with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Antonio Carlos Jobim —
Wave ... LP CTI/A&M, 1967. Very Good- Gatefold ...
A stunning mix of talents that brings the heavenly piano and guitar of Antonio Carlos Jobim into play with the lush, but light arrangements of Claus Ogerman – a swirling mix of post-bossa loveliness that redefines Jobim's sound, and opens up new avenues for exploration in sound! The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Tan label pressing in a red cover. Cover has some wear and aging.)
A great little record, and one that might be thought of best as a "Herbie Mann Plus" record – rather than a duet between the artists on the cover! Half the set features the American release of some great Joao Gilberto material from the early years in Brazil, with arrangements from ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Green & blue label pressing. Cover has an inscription in pen in the top left corner.)
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
Tania Maria —
Taurus ... LP Concord/Picante, 1982. Very Good+ ...
One of Tania Maria's sweet early LPs for Concord, with a nice modern Brazilian groove that differs from her earlier bossa LPs from the 70's, but which still has a beautiful melodic fusion feel to it. Tania plays piano and keyboards, and she's joined by a smooth Bay Area ensemble that includes ... 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
A sweet little pairing of the keyboards of Sergio Mendes and the early arranging styles of Dave Grusin – and a set that's quite different than some of Sergio's vocal albums with Brasil 66! The style here is all instrumental – and Mendes plays both piano and electric piano, plus a bit ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing.)
Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 —
Equinox ... LP A&M, 1968. Very Good- ...
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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The start of a legend – and the very first album by Sergio Mendes' Brasil 66 group, proudly brought to the world through the godlike talents of a young Herb Alpert! Sergio was no stranger to the recording studio by the time of this set, but the record marked a real shift in his music – ... 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
Sadness on guitar – a perfect title for Baden Powell's work on his chosen instrument, especially the way he could bring a simple but emotive style to his music! Powell's work on guitar here is often quite spare, but beautifully handled – set up with rhythms by a small combo that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Early set of tight bossa grooves, recorded by Lalo Schifrin not too longer after he arrived in the states in the early 60's. The great Leo Wright's on alto and flute here, and his solos are warm and rich, and make the whole thing come together nicely – with lots of jazz, jazz, jazz! Lots of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A classic groover from Brazilian guitarist Bola Sete – a date that was issued in the 60s with a title to cash in on the growing bossa craze in the US – and which stands as one of Sete's best for Fantasy Records! The sound is very much in keeping with some of the guitar-driven bossa of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful album of mellow bossa tracks sung by Sylvia Telles – all written by Jobim, of course, and given a lovely and melodic touch! Sylvia's vocals are incredible – often in English on some of the tracks (the album was briefly issued in the US in the 60s), and done in a style that's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Features Vasconcelos on berimbau and percussion, plus a bit of guitar from Egberto Gismonti on one track. Titles include "O Berimbau", "Vozes", "Ondas", and "Dado". LP, Vinyl record album
Walter Wanderley —
Batucada ... LP Verve, 1967. Very Good Gatefold ...
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 ... 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