Lovely work from guitarist Marcos Amorim – light, lyrical, and filled with gentle dips and turns – a really great blend of Brazilian and American acoustic sensibilities! The music's not exactly jazz, yet has plenty of jazzy inflections – and the overall sound is warm and laidback ... read moreCD
One of the warmest records we've heard in years from Arnaldo Antunes – a set that no doubt gets some of its feel from the acoustic MTV setting of the performance – but one that also has a softer side of Antunes' songwriting as well! There's a wonderfully subtle vibe to the record ... 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
A recent samba session, but one with a really classic sound – thanks to heartfelt vocals from Batatinha, who was getting on in years by the time of the album! The backings here are gentle and spare – usually just a bit of guitar, percussion, and other instrumentation – but mostly ... read moreCD
A holy grail of bossa nova! This album's one of the rare few ever cut by the fabulous Bossa 3 – the tight groovy combo led by genius pianist Luiz Carlos Vinhas – a record that's far too wonderful to turn up so rarely over the years! It's got a nice mix of straight jazz cuts with ... read moreCD
Two 60s albums by Charlie Byrd, back to back on one CD! Byrdland features Charlie in small group settings – grooving with sax by Teo Macero, trumpet by Hal Posey, and bass by Joe Byrd. The tracks are a mix of bossa tunes and pop numbers – including "Meditation", "Samba ... (Jazz, Brazil)read moreCD
A great set of rootsy samba tunes – recorded during the height of the samba revival in early 70s, in a generation-spanning style that also pointed the way nicely towards the strongest sound of younger work. Titles include "Paz", "Conversa Fida", "Deixa De Zanga" ... read moreCD
A really wonderful recent album from Paulinho Da Viola – recorded in a warm and intimate style that easily makes the set one of his best ever! Paulinho dominates the album vocally and on guitar – really getting a lot of space to open up in a personal, rootsy sort of way. The album ... read moreCD
A beautiful tribute to the music of Egberto Gismonti and Hermeto Pascoal – but presented in a fresh style that's very different than the originals! Gismonti and Pascoal were two of Brazil's most inventive composer/musicians of the 70s – both very open to new sounds, new rhythms, and ... read moreCD
A sweet blend of west coast jazz and Brazilian rhythms – and one of our favorite records ever from trombonist Raul De Souza! The session's got a more soulful, jazzy feel than some of Raul's other dates from the 70s – not nearly as tight as his sets for Capitol, with an earthy ... (Jazz, Brazil)read moreCD
An excellent set by the same group that served up the Moreno Veloso album Musical Typewriter – led here by drummer Domenico, but featuring Moreno on vocals and other instrumentation, plus the mighty Kassin – who really emerges here as one of the freshest talents in Brazilian music for ... read moreCD
Beautiful pre-bossa work from singer Leny Eversong – a Brazilian singer working here on 2 rare French sessions! The work here features Leny singing in a highly expressive mode that's filled with emotion – yet which comes across with a surprisingly light touch overall, and which is ... 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 collection of two albums that Joao Gilberto did for Warner Brothers in the late 70s/early 80s. Amoroso is some pretty sweet stuff from Joao Gilberto – featuring a core jazz combo playing along with a larger set of arrangements, in a manner that's similar to some of Jobim's work from the ... 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
Beautiful work from Brazilian mandolin player Hamilton De Holanda – working here on a 10-stringed version of his instrument, in a sound that's warmly emotive and filled with imagination! The overall groove is quite gentle – but Hamilton's strings leap out with soaring energy on the ... read moreCD
Hamilton De Holanda —
Intimo ... CD Adventure Music, 2007. Used ...
Solo mandolin work by Hamilton De Holanda – played very much in the spare mode you might guess from the title – but often with a bit more dynamic energy than you might expect! Hamilton really has a great range of sound from his instrument – drawing on the Brazilian tradition of ... read moreCD
The long-awaited 3rd album in the trilogy of modern Brazilian grooves from the trio that's recorded under the names of Moreno Veloso and Domencio – and the first one to be issued under the name of Kassin! Following the format of the other variations in the series, Kassin takes the lead here ... read moreCD
Classic instrumental choros from 40s Brazil – originally issued as 78rpm singles, but gathered here with better fidelity for a 1966 RCA album. The work is a key glimpse of the choro style at its best – and features flute work by Benedicto Lacerda, plus great saxophone from the ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Nara Leao —
Millennium ... CD Mercury (Brazil), Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s. Used ...
20 classic tracks – including "A Banda", "O Barquinho", "Odara", "Desafinado", "Meu Ego", "Proposta", "Telefone", "Alem Do Horizonte", and "Diz Que Fui Por Ai". CD
Tita Lima —
11:11 ... CD Kajmere/Belu Music, 2006. Used ...
Brazilian beats and a bit of bossa – all topped by vocals from the lovely Tita Lima! The set's got a sound that's quite different from other recent Brazilian-flavored work – in that Tita's often singing with a slightly spacey production style – one that takes the already airy ... (New Grooves, Brazil)read moreCD
A record with a cheesy title and cover, but with a sound that's completely sublime – that transcendent vocal approach and incredible songwriting that makes just about any record by Ivan Lins a real treasure! The set's not as experimental as his earliest work, but it's got a rock-solid sound ... read moreCD
(Out of print, please note that there is some clear tape covering a few tears on the booklet.)
Ivan Lins —
Millennium ... CD Mercury/Polygram (Brazil), 1980s/Early 90s. Used ...
(Out of print.)
Ivan Lins —
Serie Bis ... CD EMI (Brazil), 1970s/Early 80s. Used 2 CDs ...
Ivan Lins did some of his best work for EMI/Odeon during the late 70s, and although most of his individual albums from that era are long out of print, this nice 28 track set brings together a lot of great moments from that time, with 2CDs worth of material to choose from! Titles include "Dinor ... read moreCD
One of the greatest early albums from Edu Lobo – a groundbreaking set that has Lobo's vocals and guitar backed with sublime sounds from the Tamba Trio! As on their own records, the Tamba Trio harmonize wonderfully – letting Edu's vocals take the lead, but supporting him with those ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Marcia Lopes —
LP ... CD Zabumba (Brazil), 2004. Used ...
Guitarist Romero Lubambo lays down a smooth set of Brazilian jazz – working here in a setting that includes a bit of Fender Rhodes, bass, drums, and percussion – plus guest vocals by Pamela Driggs on one track, and a solo by Mauro Senise on another. The production's pretty slick, but ... read moreCD
2 of the earliest albums ever from bossa genius Carlos Lyra – back to back on one CD! The first album, Bossa Nova, definitely lives up to its title – as it features Lyra's wonderful original compositions wrapped around a set of orchestrations that are lightly breezy, and which dance ... 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
The second album by Made In Brasil – a great San Francisco combo from the 70s, with a flair for jazzy Brazilian tunes that's every bit as great as groups from Rio or Sao Paulo at the time! The group at this point features keyboardist Claudio Medeiros – who really adds a lot to their ... read moreCD
A totally sweeeeeeeet batch of Brazilian grooves – recorded in San Francisco, with a great 70s Bay Area sound! Victor M leads the group on percussion and vocals – but the real charm of the set is in its electric piano riffing, and soulful electric vibe. Most of the cuts have vocals ... read moreCD
The incredible first album by Tim Maia – Brazil's greatest soul star in the 70s, and for good reason too – given that Tim was one of the few who could match the depth of American soul and funk at the time! Yet the music here is way more than just a Brazilian version of American soul ... read moreCD
Beautiful modern bossa from Sabrina Malheiros! Sabrina has always had a genuine feel for classic Brazilian soul – she's the daughter of Alex Malheiros of Azymuth, so samba jazz, funk and soul are in her genes – and she really soars on this one. All the songs on Clareia are originals, ... read moreCD