Older samba tunes, remade and remixed – in a style that recalls the approach of some of the bossa remix work in recent years! The album uses lots of core bits from older recordings – interspersed with some nice electronic touches and effects – and given the organic joy of most ... read moreCD
One of the coolest records in years from the always-creative Arnaldo Antunes – a trio effort that has him working with Toumani Diabate and Edgard Scandurra – in a pan-Atlantic set of sounds that's really amazing! Antunes' creative approach to songwriting is very much in place – ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Badi Assad —
Verde ... CD Deutsche Grammophon/Edge, 2004. Used ...
A special box set of work from this key member of Os Mutantes – one that looks at all the many facets of his compelling solo career! The first album in the set is the landmark Loki – an incredibly crazy and messed-up album of tracks cut by Arnaldo Baptista after the breakup of Os ... read moreCD
(Includes original digipacks with booklets and slipcase – all in good shape!)
Bnegao & Seletores De Frequencia —
Sintoniza La ... CD Coqueiro Verde (Brazil), 2012. Used ...
A brilliant mix of live funk and lead MC work from Bnegao – and just the sort of unique criss-crossing of styles we'd never see up here in the US! The album's not really a hip hop record – despite the lead raps of Bnegao – and instead, it's kind of a funk record with spoken ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Maria Bethania —
Maria ... CD BMG (Germany), 1988. Used ...
A pretty unique record from this famous Brazilian guitarist! Luiz recorded this set in New York – and it's a superb solo guitar session that has him playing the instrument as a "miniature orchestra", shading in a rich array of colors, tones, and harmonic spaces through his expert ... read moreCD
Samba, but plenty more too – as the Bonsucesso Samba Clube mixes lots of different rhythms in their music! The style is often rootsy and acoustic – but the record's not the traditional samba you might think – because these guys from Recife are nicely breaking down boundaries in ... read moreCD
An incredible album from the great Brazilian singer who's best known to the world for his work on Milton Nascimento's legendary Club Da Esquina album, but Lo is truly one of our favorite singers that Brazil has ever produced! This record is easily as the Nascimento classic, and has a more rock-orie ... read moreCD
A surprisingly successful mix of styles, and the kind of cross-culturally pollinated work that's been getting Carlinhos Brown a lot of attention over the past few years. This was Brown's first solo album – recorded after his work with Timbalada, with production by Wally Badarou and Arto ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Booklet has a promo sticker. CD has a promo stamp.)
Great work from the always compelling Carlinhos Brown – working here on a wide-ranging set of tracks that harness an equally compelling range of influences. Brown produced and arranged the album himself, and the record's one of his most sophisticated to date – running from rootsy ... read moreCD
Chico pays tribute to a host of other Brazilian composers – but he manages to make the work entirely his own, thanks to a deeply personal approach! Styles here run the gamut from samba to sophisticated, often handled with slightly jazzy undercurrent – and backings are by Perinho ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Uri Caine —
Rio ... CD Winter & Winter (Germany), 2001. Used ...
Pianist Uri Caine in a set of Brazilian jazz tunes – playing acoustic piano and Teclado Fender Rhodes – recorded in Brazil, with backing on guitar, bass, and lots of percussion. A number of the tracks have vocals in Portuguese – and the style of the music mixes the smoother sound ... (Jazz, Brazil)read moreCD
Bassy modern work from Brazil – a mix of soulful styles and electronic production, almost in the vein of work on the Trama label, but perhaps a bit rougher around the edges. Cid's vocals are filtered through a set of effects on most cuts, making them slide in and out of the backings, which ... read moreCD
Excellent later work by the enigmatic Cartola – an artist who only seemed to record better and better albums as time went on! The work on the set dates from two sessions – one from 1974 for Marcus Pereira, the other from 1976 for Copacabana – and the set features a total of 20 ... read moreCD
Really timeless sounds from Martinho Da Vila – the kind of classic-styled samba he first was bringing to his work in the 70s – and which still stands strong after all these years! The album's got a beautifully rootsy feel – acoustic instrumentation with lots of percussion at the ... read moreCD
Acoustic guitar and bossa rhythms – but a session that's recorded with a very different groove than any of Rosinha's work in the 60s! The style here is a bit more fluid and open than before – almost bringing in some of the trippier styles from Rosinha's contemporaries over at the ... read moreCD
Great work from Paulo Diniz – a near-lost samba soul singer from the end of the 60s – working here on an amazing little record for Odeon/EMI! Paulo's work has a very unusual style – in that it's a bit soulful, with some touches of folk, but is also often handled in a baroque mode ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Agostinho Dos Santos —
Vanguarda ... CD Som Livre (Brazil), 1965. Used ...
Warm and wonderful work from Brazilian singer Agostinho – one of the overlooked talents of the mid 60s bossa era, heard here on one of his classics for the RGE label! Agostinho's got a style that's nicely balanced between the more romantic modes of earlier years and the leaner sounds of the ... read moreCD
Isaura Garcia takes on the music of Billy Blanco and Ary Barroso – singing an album side's worth of compositions by each, all set to jazzy samba arrangements that often feature a fair bit of organ in the mix! The sound is light and lively – and the use of organ reminds us a lot of the ... read moreCD
One of those records that no home should be without – not only a pivotal album in the growth of bossa nova in the 60s – but a set that also really helped set the career of tenorist Stan Getz on fire! The real credit here might almost go to guitarist Charlie Byrd – as Byrd was a ... (Jazz, Brazil)read moreCD
The rare 3rd album by Gilberto Gil, and a key piece of the Tropicalia puzzle – one of the most wildly experimental albums from those years, and Gil's last before going into exile! The sound is much more electric than his other albums from the late 60's – and the production, songwriting ... read moreCD
Astrud Gilberto —
Gold ... CD Verve, 1960s. Used 2CD ...
Lovely work from Bebel Gilberto – her debut for Verve – which in a way, brings her home, given that Verve released so many great records in the 60s from Brazilian artists with boundary skirting appeal! Bebel's work has never lacked warmth, but she's bringing even more of it to this set ... read moreCD
One of the most heavenly albums ever recorded – a sublime post-60s session by Joao Gilberto, one with even more fluid grace than his original bossa nova classics! The setting here is extremely spare – Joao on vocals and acoustic guitar, backed by only a slight bit of percussion – ... read moreCD
A wonderful album by one of the all-time greats! The record is Joao Gilberto's best in years, and it was produced by Caetano Veloso – in a spare, stripped-down style that's very similar to Joao's classic self-titled album from 1973, with an equally moody sound overall! Veloso used some ... read moreCD
Possibly the best album ever by this excellent Brazilian percussive combo! The record begins the groove where the group's other albums started – by taking hard batucada rhythms, and tight samba grooves – but it also adds in a bit tighter production, and shows a marked commitment to ... read moreCD
A great collaboration between older samba stars from Brazil – a lineup that includes Wilson Das Neves, Fabricio, Toninho Fuleiro, Ze Luis, Lindomar, Capoeira Da Cuica, and others – all coming together in a warmly rootsy mode! The session's heavy on percussion and guitar-based rhythms ... read moreCD
A great debut from Maria Machado – a set that's produced by Milton Nascimento, but with a vibe that's a lot fresher than most of his own recent work! At some level, Maria's a contemporary bossa singer – but at another, she's working with a wide palette of sounds and colors – bits ... read moreCD
Marcelo D2's still looking for the perfect beat, but this time around he's got some great help in his search – a list of heavy duty guests that includes Seu Jorge, Miriam Aydar, Medaphor, Roberto Sa, and Marcos Valle – each of whom get a chance to add strongly to a track on the album! ... read moreCD
A funky fusion of post-millenium Brazilian club groove and contemporary hip hop from Marcelo D2! MD2 does a great job of demonstrating the all inclusive groove at the core of disparate musical elements. Almost every tune has a sound rooted in percussive samba, but the vibe stretches through ... (New Grooves, Brazil)read moreCD
Marcelo's not lying with the title to this one – as the record bristles with a lot more Brazilian influences than some of his previous work – a brilliant blend of the classic and the modern, served up with plenty of hip hop touches! But while certainly in the hip hop camp, Marcelo's ... (New Grooves, Brazil)read moreCD
Great work from Marcelo D2 – one of the best Brazilian hip hop producers of the past decade or so – and one of the few who've really kept things interesting over the years! The music here probably has more links to American hip hop than the mainstream rhythms in Brazil – ... read moreCD
Wonderful samba work from the lovely Mart'nalia – daughter of Martinho Da Vila, and an artist that's every bit as great as her pop! The set's got a sweet and smooth feel that's still got plenty of rootsy touches – bringing in some slight electric instrumentation to give the tunes a few ... read moreCD
Live work from the lovely Maysa – a great late 60s set done in a mix of jazz, bossa, and even groovier styles! The recording has a nice sense of the "room" – with spontaneous crowd noise often coming in to spur additional enthusiasm in the music – and Maysa's star power ... read moreCD
A pretty darn sweet vocal session from the duo of Miucha and Antonio Carlos Jobim – recorded with lots of bossa overtones, very much the same spirit as the legendary Elis & Tom album of the mid 70s! Chico Buarque participates in the session, and Jobim even lends his vocal talents to a ... read moreCD
Four full albums from Moraes Moreira – an overlooked Brazilian singer of the late 70s, – at least on an international level – but one who made some very soulful work at the time, especially after departing the group Os Novos Baianos! The records here show a great progression of ... read moreCD
Paula Morelenbaum & Joao Donato —
Agua ... CD Biscoito Fino (Brazil), 2010. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
We've always loved the music of Paula Morelenbaum, but this time around she's really got something special going on – thanks to keyboards and vocals from the legendary Joao Donato! Most of the tunes in the set are Donato numbers – themselves already a treat, but given a little ... read moreCD
A landmark album – and one that Milton cut with his "corner club", an elite group of musicians and songwriters from the early days of his career – including greats like Lo Borges and Wagner Tiso. Borges is particularly fantastic, and shines on the massively beautiful cut ... read moreCD
Spacey, downtempo, and seductive grooves from Brazilian producer Apollo Nove – graced here with some extra vocal help from Seu Jorge, Cibelle, Ceu, and Tita Lima! The sound's relatively airy throughout – kind of a Brazilian exploration of modes that have been filtering out from the ... read moreCD
A totally great album from Novos Baianos – the earliest one we've ever seen by the group, and a session that has them sounding a fair bit like Os Mutantes! There's a wild range of influences running through the set – some psychedelic, some baroque pop, and some a bit more rootsy – ... read moreCD
70s samba magic from Clara Nunes – one of those singers who managed to make an already deep genre sound even better! The set's got a simple and honest approach that's really fresh, and never too overblown – allowing Clara to be expressive without falling into cliche, very much in the ... read moreCD
The long awaited return of Brazilian iconoclasts Os Mutantes – featuring original Mutante Sergio Dias and a great new band – plus songwriting contributions from Tom Ze and Jorge Ben – a forward looking endeavor, not at all a nostalgia trip! It's been around 30 years since the ... read moreCD
A mad batch of tunes that are a perfect example of the "pilantragem" (piracy) movement in Brazil at the end of the 60s! Similar to some of the pluralistic cultural influences running through Tropicalia, pilantragem borrows music from a world of different sources – working in a ... read moreCD
Excellent work from Luciano Perrone & "Seus Ritmistas Brasileiros" – a crack percussion ensemble that recorded some of the best batucada work of the 60s! The album's recorded with a nice spacey sound that really adds to the "fantastica" feel of the set – as the ... read moreCD
One of the most diverse albums that Elis Regina cut during the 70s – a set that seems to leap from style to style with each new track, and really build from some of the more staid and jazz-based styles of her other records! Cesar Camargo Mariano is still in charge of arrangements here, but ... read moreCD
Kind of a silly name, but a really great group – and one without any of the hoke you might expect! The sound is definitely what's promised, a meeting of samba rhythms and older American jazz – but there's a breezy sort of warmth to the record that's light years from standard boogie ... read moreCD
The third and best album yet from Sao Paulo Underground – formed by Chicago scene veteran and sonic adventurer Rob Mazurek – with a sound that's informed by the rhythms and creatively boundless possibilities of Tropicalia era Brazil and well beyond, along with the cosmic spirit of other ... (Jazz, Brazil)read moreCD