The debut album from Brazilian jazz singer Leny Andrade – a wonderful session that's equal part scatting vocals, samba jazz, and smoky ballads! Andrade was one of the few Brazilian singers to really get the sound of American jazz from the start – and works here in a style that has lots ... read moreCD
A beautiful little samba harmony group – one with a sound that recalls the best groups of the genre from late 60s Brazil! Arranco De Varsovia blend together male and female voices in a wonderfully warm sort of way – recalling the work of Conjunto Sambacana with their lively approach to ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Banda Cheiro De Amor —
Bahia ... CD Polydor (Brazil), 1992. Used ...
Banda Cheiro De Amor —
E O Ouro ... CD Polygram (Brazil), 1991. Used ...
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
The return of a legend – and one of the best new recordings we've heard from Jorge Ben in years! The set's got a funky soulful sound that owes a lot to his best 70s work, but which is updated a bit with some 21st century production touches – not too much, though, so that it comes out ... read moreCD
Maria Bethania interprets the lyrics of Vinicius De Moraes – in a great little set that goes way beyond the usual, and features some nice surprises! The arrangements are lush, but light – in the manner of some of Maria's recent aging work, and in a mode that seems to lighten her vocals ... read moreCD
One of the most personal albums we've heard in years from Maria Bethania – a set that's got a quietly intimate vibe, one that really lives up to the spirit of the title – a place where Bethania can be herself and share some of her innermost thoughts! The backing is wonderfully intimate ... read moreCD
A big, heady mix of electroclash & favela funk – heavy bass & buzzing beats – party bounce & pottymouth vox from Brazil's Bonde Do Role! Bonde Do Role have a frenetic sound – not always directly comparable to the baile funk of recent years, but with a similarly ... read moreCD
An early record that really links Chico Buarque to the European scene – an audience that would keep Chico's music strong for many years, and with a reach that went far beyond some of his contemporaries! The set was recorded in Italy, but with all the charm and sparkle of his classic ... read moreCD
One Brazilian music legend pays tribute to another – as Elizeth Cardoso sings a loving batch of tunes written by the great Ary Barroso! The production is light and modern, providing a nice counterpoint to the older tunes in the set – and Cardoso's voice has mellowed nicely with age, ... read moreCD
A lovely later session from one of the greatest Brazilian divas of the 60s – a nicely restrained album in which Elizeth is backed only by spare acoustic guitar from Rafael Rabello! The format's quite different than that used on Cardoso's classic recordings – sadder, slower, and in a ... read moreCD
The cover almost put us off this one, but the record's got a lot more to offer than just its slightly disturbing image on the front – and at some level, it's got Carlos Careqa poised to inherit the mantle of quirky Brazilian pop from older artists like Tom Ze or Arrigo Barnabe! There's a ... read moreCD
'Dark-edged Brazilian pop from China – but work that still has a nice sense of warmth overall! There's a balance here that takes some of the sharper guitars and rhythms of early 80s postpunk, and wraps them around some of the hipper MPB modes of the post-Tropicalia years – all fused ... read moreCD
An excellent debut ep from China – the lead singer from Shiek Tosada, breaking out with a bold, fresh approach to Brazilian rock. China's got the laidback confidence that you'd expect from his photo on the cover – a presence strong enough to fill the songs with a life that goes far ... read moreCD
Soaring vocals from the lovely Claudia – heard here in an early session with really inventive arrangements from Francisco Moraes, and tight jazzy backings from the Luiz Loy Quintet! The style isn't as typically bossa as you might think – and Claudia shifts easily between older modes ... read moreCD
A great little live album from Gal Costa – recorded as part of a concert performance for her Hoje (Today) album, but featuring a fair bit of other work as well! The style here is similar to Hoje – small group instrumentation, relatively spontaneous, with a good undercurrent of jazz ... read moreCD
One of the most mindblowing albums ever recorded – anywhere, anytime! This 1969 set stands as one of the greatest records ever cut by Gal Costa – done at the height of the Tropicalia movement, and featuring a sublime mix of styles that really gets the spirit of the movement right. ... read moreCD
The loveliest album we've heard from Gal Costa in years – a sweetly jazzy session that features some great arrangements and keyboards from the legendary Cesar Camargo Mariano! Mariano gives the album a nicely laidback feel – one that's almost rootsy at times, especially on a few of the ... read moreCD
A great collection of vintage work from Brazilian singer Moreira Da Silva – including a fair bit of tracks originally only issued as 78rpm singles! The collection features two CDs' worth of material from 78s, plus the full album O Tal from later in the decade – but even that is ... read moreCD
Playful samba from Moreira Da Silva – recording here in a nice and laidback setting, with light orchestrations behind the vocals and percussive rhythms of the album. The whole thing's got a sound that's nicely full, but still relatively earthy – in the best samba mode of the late 50s ... read moreCD
Early samba work from the mighty Martino Da Vila – music recorded with help from some key contemporaries in the underground scene, in the years before his big albums of the 70s! The sound here is nice and raw – and very spontaneous, too – as the artists come together in a very ... read moreCD
Newly serious work from Demetrius – a record that has him shedding some of the rock idol mode of previous albums, and moving into slightly mature male pop! Arrangements are by Georges Lupin, who brings a bit of drama to the mix with fuller strings and woodwinds – which really helps ... read moreCD
Impulso! ... CD Ubatuqui (Spain), 1964/1998. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Incredible early work by Deodato! This record's got the maestro picking up the Hammond organ, and playing with a samba/bossa group – for a sound that's similar to Walter Wanderley's Brazilian recordings, but which have a bit more going on in the instrumental department – thanks to some ... read moreCD
A sweet electric 70s session from the mighty Joao Donato – very different than his earlier bossa work of the 60s – and with the same funky appeal as the best work on his classic Quem E Quem album! This set's got a tighter feel overall – very much in a samba soul style, with lots ... read moreCD
A gem of a record – one we wouldn't part with for anything! Joao Donato's best known as one of the founding fathers of bossa nova – better known for his 60s work over the years, than he was for 70s electric work like this. Fortunately, international groove hounds picked up on the ... read moreCD
(Out of print, CD is copy protected.)
Saulo Duarte E A Unidade —
Quente ... CD YB Music (Brazil), 2014. Used ...
Dick Farney was a rich-voice singer whose talents spanned many generations of Brazilian music – as you'll hear in this package that collects work from Farney's EMI/Odeon recordings of the late 50s, plus other sides that were issued in the 70s. Farney's a bit like Tony Bennett – a ... read moreCD
Sammy Figueroa & Glaucia Nasser —
Talisman ... CD Savant, 2014. Used ...
Percussionist Sammy Figueroa has a wide range of experience, and a long history in Latin jazz – but here, he works with singer Glaucia Nasser in a really lovely set of tunes – work that both has a strong Brazilian presence, but also opens up with some wider jazz inflections as well! ... read moreCD
(Promotional CDr copy with full artwork & punch through barcode.)
Really wonderful music from this sublime Brazilian pair – a duo who just get better and better with each new album, and who really take off here in the context of some beautiful larger arrangements! As with most of the best contemporary sounds we've heard from Brazil in recent years, the ... read moreCD
A contemporary group from Brazil, but one who've got a quirky ear for song styles that takes us back to some of our favorite artists of the 70s! Garotas Suecas work in a style that's a bit post-Tropicalia – almost like some of Tom Ze's music of those years, but maybe not as all-out wild ... read moreCD
(CD sleeve has a cutout hole, and the barcode has some marker.)
One of the freshest albums we've heard in years from Gilberto Gil – a set that seems to shake off some of the misdirections of recent records, and really get back the sharper style of his roots – while still also heading off into a new mode as well! There's a definite forro ... read moreCD
Progressive jazz with a bit of a post-rock instrumental twist – tunes that are almost in the mode of some of the recent work coming from our hometown of Chicago, but which are performed here by the Projeto Alfa quartet of guitarists Lanny Gordin and Guilherme Held, bassist Fabio Sa, and ... read moreCD
Luiz Henrique & Walter Wanderley —
Popcorn ... CD Verve (Japan), 1969. Used ...
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 moreCD
Amazing live work from this Brazilian samba legend – and a set that features killer guest work from Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Beth Carvalho, Zeca Pagodinho, and others! Although Dona Ivone Lara's been recording for many years, the passage of time has only seemed to deepen her sense of ... read moreCD
Antonio Carlos Jobim's classic Verve session from 1963 – a tremendous record, done with a wonderful airy sound that became the trademark for bossa production in America – and which also had a great inspiration on the sound of mid 60s bossa in Brazil! Claus Ogerman arranged and conducts ... read moreCD
(Verve Master edition in a tri-fold digipack.)
Antonio Carlos Jobim —
Wave ... CD CTI/A&M, 1967. Used ...
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 moreCD
Tom Jobim —
Sem Limite ... CD Universal (Brazil), 1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s. Used 2CD ...
A breezy batch of jazzy Brazilian grooves from Katia B – a protege of Suba with a laidback approach! Like her contemporaries Jazzinho and Bebel Gilberto, Katia has a breathy, unfussy vocal style, which is backed up by a mixture of acoustic and quite lively instrumentation as well as modern ... read moreCD
A wonderfully soulful set from Brazilian singer Paula Lima – one that's even tighter and more focused than her previous efforts, but not in a way that's too commercial or slick! There's a gentle blend of samba, soul, and funk going on in most tracks – with instrumentation that's warm, ... read moreCD
Ivan Lins —
Juntos ... CD Universal (Brazil), 1984. Used ...
A stone classic from the great Ivan Lins – a set recorded at a time when he was fast becoming a big name on the global scene, not just in Brazil – thanks to his wonderful sense of songwriting and lyricism! The album's almost a celebration of all that Lins had done so far – put ... read moreCD
Two 70s classics by Ivan Lins – back to back on one CD! Somos Todos is very much in Lins' classic style of the 70s, and performed with some great accompaniment by keyboardist Gilson Peranzzetta! The record's got a warm intimate feel that works great with Lins' heartfelt compositions – ... read moreCD
They definitely got the title right on this sweet set from Romero Lubambo – as the vibe is even more Brazilian than some of his other records – a great batch of solo guitar instrumentals, all with a vibrant quality that takes us back to the early bossa years of Joao Gilberto and Luiz ... read moreCD
Although Ney Matogrosso began his career as the glammed-out lead singer of Secos O Molhados – one of the most important post-Tropicalia Brazilian rock bands – he later left the group, and emerged as one of Brazil's biggest rock stars of the early 80s. Even at that point, Matogrosso ... read moreCD
A classic album by Maysa – one of Brazil's most evocative vocalists of the 60s, recorded here in a lovely session of bossa tunes that begins with her stunning reading of "O Barquinho"! There's a core jazz group backing Maysa up – and strings and larger orchestrations drift ... read moreCD
An overlooked singer from 60s Brazil – working here with some great bossa backings from the Tamba Trio! The trio usually sing on their own early records, but they step aside on the vocal tip, and let Joao handle all the lyrics on the set – while they provide their own great ... read moreCD
One of Sergio Mendes' strongest soul sets of the 80s – a record that seems to bring his music back into focus a bit more than some of the previous albums – even though it still keeps things strongly in a contemporary R&B mode! Production and arrangements here are shared by Sergio ... read moreCD
An all-star effort from Sergio Mendes – one that follows nicely on the comeback energy of his previous Timeless set! Like that one, this album has Mendes dipping heavily into contemporary soul modes – picking up a bit of R&B, bits of hip hop, and bits of a few other styles – ... read moreCD
A new record by the legendary Sergio Mendes – bursting into the 21st century on a catchy wave of Will I Am production – reworking gems from the Brazilian songbook and more with guest appearances by Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, Q-Tip, India Arie, Black Thought, Chali 2Na, Marcelo D2, John ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
(Comes in a nice 5" paper sleeve – shaped just like a tiny record cover – very cool!)
Beautiful bossa from the great Roberto Menescal – and a set that features breezy vocals from Andrea Amorim in the lead, with a style that's a lot like some of Menescal's previous projects with Wanda Sa! Menescal plays acoustic guitar, handles arrangements, and sings a bit too – ... read moreCD
The most interesting album we've ever heard from Daniela Mercury – an "electric carnival", recorded with help from Gilberto Gil, Carlinhos Brown, Lenine, and a host of guest DJs! In keeping with the title, the music on the set is kind of a remix-styled version of the traditional ... read moreCD
One of the most full-formed albums ever recorded by Brazilian maestro Osmar Milito – a set that features vocals throughout by Quarteto Number One – a very cool harmony group with a sound that's somewhere in the territory of Quarteto Em Cy or MPB4! The quartet mix together male and ... read moreCD
Lisa Ono —
Dream ... CD Deck Disk (Brazil), 1999. Used ...
Bossa versions of American jazz standards – done by Japanese singer Lisa Ono with arrangements by Oscar Castro Neves, sung in English. Whew, that's a mouthful – but the album's a nice one, and it's one of Lisa's more expensive Japanese-only recordings that have finally been released in ... read moreCD