One of Airto's greatest records ever – a really hard hitting batch of tracks that mix sharp-edged fusion lines with some earthier Brazilian percussion touches – all in a way that nicely steps off of Airto's first few American releases, and warms the groove up with a nice dose of ... read moreCD
(Remastered CTI 40th Anniversary edition. First time on CD in the US!)
One of the sweetest electric albums to come from 70s Brazil – the fabulous first effort from the Azymuth trio, and a work that's hardly been matched again! Although the group here have plenty of the warm keyboard touches of their more famous later work, they're also moving in territory that's ... read moreCD
A brilliant new vision for the legendary Banda Black Rio – the pioneering samba, soul and funk combo that broke so much ground in the 70s and remain vital to this day – led here by William Magalhaes, in a mode that celebrates decades of the best Brazilian music, while fearlessly moving ... read moreCD
A charming little groover from this Italian combo – with a raw sound and a funky samba approach that takes the set over the top! The feel of this one is rootsy 70s – lots of heavy percussion and straight ahead vocals – mixed with touches of Fender Rhodes, vibes, and electric ... read moreCD
Cyro Baptista's Banquet Of The Spirits —
Infinito ... CD Tzadik, 2009. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Richly creative work from Cyro Baptista – a cool blend of Brazilian roots, jazzy inflections, and other inventive experimentation – a set we like even better than Baptista's last album with the Banquet Of Spirits group! The music reminds a lot of some of the best sounds to come from ... read moreCD
Tighter than Jorge Ben's funky work from the early 70s – but still pretty darn great! The record's got Jorge working in a smoother vein than on his Philips sides, with the same sort of modern soul approach that Marcos Valle and other older Brazilian singers were using at the time. But since ... read moreCD
Searing samba soul from Jorge Ben – one of his best-remembered albums of the 70s, and for good reason too! The album's got a slightly fuller feel than some of Ben's other work of the time – never slick, but with backings balanced nicely against his own raspy vocals and acoustic guitar ... read moreCD
A set of compositions penned by Roberto and Erasmo Carlos – sung by Maria Bethania in a warmly personal setting! The style here gets away from any of the too-romantic qualities that can sometimes mar presentation of the Carlos' brothers work – and instead, Bethania uses her innate ... 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 gem of a record from Lo Borges – still one of the best Brazilian songwriters ever, with talents that are alive and well more than 30 years after his classic debut and famous 70s recordings with Milton Nascimento! As with other of Borges' recent albums, the style here is almost a ... read moreCD
Gently sophisticated work from Chico Buarque – a set of beautifully intimate tunes, recorded with a a care that's really great for the music! The backings are somewhat large, but quite spacious too – opened up in ways that allow for plenty of space for the vocals – sung by Chico ... read moreCD
Live work by Chico Buarque – a surprisingly nice set overall, and a great demonstration of the way the energy of his live albums almost took over force from his studio sets at this point in his career! The double-length performance features some great musical direction from Cristovao Bastos ... read moreCD
Amazing work from a young Chico Buarque – a record that seems to draw on all the best elements of 60s Brazilian pop, and forge them into a sound that's all its own! At one level, there's a post-bossa style of larger arrangements here that recalls the work of Edu Lobo – handled by ... read moreCD
A lost session by Nana Caymmi – recorded in Buenos Aires in 1973, with a great style that makes the record one of her best from the 70s! The album's got that dark slow jazzy style that she often used during the time – with a mixture of electric piano and bass behind her very deep voice ... 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
Gal Costa —
Ao Vivo ... CD Trama (Brazil), 2006. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
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
Leo Gandelman produced this one, and it's got sort of a modern jazzy sound that sits well with some of Gal's singing on here, especially on standards like "I Didn't Know What Time It Was" and "Begin the Beguine". CD
The music of Roberto Carlos, re-served nicely by Teresa Cristina – working here with help from the Os Outros group, in a groove that's much more lively than some of Roberto's originals! The approach is almost funky at points – spontaneous soulful backings that really liven things up, ... read moreCD
Beautiful work from Wilson Das Neves – as mature and poised as his image on the cover, but still filled with the depth and soul we remember from years back! The vocals have this raspy charm that definitely underscores Wilson's years on this planet – and the backings have this warmth ... read moreCD
One of the most beautiful albums we've ever heard from Hamilton De Holanda – a double-length set that's filled with really lovely solo work on the ten-string mandolin, mixed with other duo and trio performances featuring a well-chosen array of guests! The album's got a very close, personal ... 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
Beautiful airy bossa! This album's a 1964 session of straight piano bossa tracks by Deodato, with production by Roberto Quartin – and a sound that's a lot more mellow and fragile than his other records from the time! Deodato is amazingly restrained in his playing, and sticks to only piano ... read moreCD
DJ Tudo really lives up to his name here – by bringing in a huge amount of different influences – all sorts of Brazilian sounds and styles, but with results that are surprisingly cohesive overall! The album was recorded in various spots over the course of a few years – and it's ... read moreCD
This set from Universal mixes together tracks from Joao Donato's early bossa nova sides for Philips, plus his later album Lugar Comum from 1975. The bossa stuff is excellent – and there's not been good reissues of this material on the market for a long time. Titles from this era include ... read moreCD
One of the more far out-sounding records we've heard on Far Out Records – a wild one from Rio's Dos Cafundos! It's a sometimes funky, sometimes noisy, but always evolving sound – with raw tropical funk mixed with diverse strains of noise rock and jazz, a la Zorn and Zappa. It's never ... read moreCD
A mix of rootsy elements and contemporary production – but a set that comes off a lot better than most other modern projects of this nature! The style here definitely has some of the Brazilian forro styles you might guess from the group's name – but the overall sound is a bit leaner, ... read moreCD
One of the best new recordings in years from Brazilian reedman Leo Gandelman – a set that's got a lean, mean groove that's just right for the album's mix of samba, bossa, and jazz! Leo's right out front in the arrangements on saxes – but there's also a really unified groove on the set ... read moreCD
Jazzy samba from the Far Out label – the soundtrack the film Garrincha!! – Estrela Solitaria (The Lonely Star) – featuring a groovy mix of samba sounds, sultry & steamy jazz funk, percussion madness, more darkly cinematic grooves! The film is about the legendary Brazilian ... 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
The first album by this obscure and groovy early MPB-ish group – done in a great style that features with a range of voices laid out over some crazy off-kilter arrangements! The album's got mostly a bossa/samba feel, and in the same vein as Quarteto Em Cy or Tamba Trio, but with more space ... read moreCD
Incredible work from Luiz Henrique – one of our favorite singers of the 60s bossa era, heard here with some completely sublime arrangements! Luiz has a bit more jazz in his voice than some of his contemporaries – a great ability to sing both regular lyrics and wordless scatting – ... read moreCD
A beautiful set of symphonic tracks based around the work of Antonio Carlos Jobim – work that stretches back to the 50s, up through 60s bossa nova, and even includes some of Jobim's more complicated orchestrations from the 70s! The music is done in the arch-baroque style of other titles on ... read moreCD
Tom Jobim —
Sem Limite ... CD Universal (Brazil), 1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s. Used 2CD ...
(Out of print.)
Seu Jorge —
Cru ... CD Beleza (UK), 2005. Used ...
The sound of global soul in the 21st Century – and an amazing set from the soon-to-be legendary Seu Jorge! Jorge's possibly best known for his appearances in films over the past few years – like The Life Aquatic or City Of God – but take it from us, he's one of the greatest ... read moreCD
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
The first three solo albums from Os Mutantes singer Rita Lee – all work that really follows in a great vibe from her key contributions to the Tropicalia scene! Build Up has Rita stepping out as a sophisticated pop singer, almost in the way that Nico did on the Chelsea Girl album, after ... 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
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
One of the grooviest Brazilian albums you could ever hope to buy – and one that's not even from Brazil, either! This little gem was recorded in France in the early 70s – but it's got a swinging groove that's very similar to the work of Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66 during the 60s ... read moreCD
Wonderful work from Marisa Monte – and a set that may well be the greatest record we've heard from her in years! There's a freshness here that grabs us right away – with the lure we felt when first hearing Monte's music many years ago, but cast here in a completely different style, too ... read moreCD
When this album was first issued in the mid 90s by EMI, it quietly glided onto the market, with very little effect. Over the past few years, though, the record has slowly been championed by a large number of American critics and musicians, and has come to be one of the most critically acclaimed ... read moreCD
Lovely work from Doris Monteiro! This sweetly voice Brazilian vocalist is a proud addition to the Odeon/EMI roster of the time – especially on a set like this, where she's singing groovy offbeat pop tunes, with samba arrangements by Lindolfo Gaya in the label's best late 60s/early 70s mode! ... read moreCD
One of the first, and best, of the great Lumiar Songbook series. The set is a loving tribute to the great Vinicius De Moraes – Brazilian poet turned songwriter, and one of the country's greatest lyricists of all time. This first volume features artists like Tom Jobim, Ivan Lines, Simone, ... read moreCD
A contemporary record, but one that's got an amazingly timeless feel – like the best early 70s material from Brazilian artists like Airto, Hermeto Pascoal, or Egberto Gismonti! The music of Fabiano Do Nascimento has a similar genre-breaking quality to these giants – not straight jazz, ... read moreCD
A landmark CD! This is the first – and the wildest – album by this legendary group that was one of the founding forces of the Tropicalia movement – a brilliant musical statement that easily ranks with some of the most groundbreaking late 60s American work by The Velvet ... read moreCD
Os Paralamas Do Sucesso —
Bora Bora ... CD Capitol/Intuition, 1989. Used ...
Classic work from this cool 70s combo – one of their smoking samba sets for the Tapecar label – a great illustration of the rich energy going on in the Brazilian indie scene at the time! Samba really burst strongly back to the forefront in the 70s – and although some artists ... read moreCD
Os Pratideiros Do Pla get some great help here – guest appearances by a number of different artists, who all join in the lively festivities to make things even livelier! As with other records from this time, the group has a great way with upbeat percussion – criss-crossing rhythms ... read moreCD
One of Brazil's most groundbreaking artists is back again – with a cool 2CD set that reworks his famous Samba Pra Burro album! The set's a blinding mix of beats and electronics, with a sound that's as fresh as Otto's original album – and although we have to admit that most of the ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Limited edition to 5000 copies – and numbered too!)
Another stunner from Otto – one of the most exciting Brazilian artists working today! The album's actually got a style that's more song-structured and tuneful than some of his other albums – moving a bit more towards straighter rock, but still with enough of the enigmatic production ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Gilson Peranzzetta & Mauro Senise —
Jasmim ... CD Biscoito Fino (Brazil), 2013. Used ...
An early example of the genius of Baden Powell in Europe – a record that helped the bossa guitarist break out of his usual Brazilian bag, and expand his sound a bit with appreciative influences from the Parisian scene! The record still has Powell working in the style of his early work in ... read moreCD
Pure vocal magic – featuring the lovely Flora Purim at the height of her California powers – working in a sublime mix of jazz, fusion, and Brazilian rhythms – a sound that she virtually invented! The group on the set is one of her greatest of the time – with players that ... read moreCD
Great stuff – one of Flora Purim's more R&B-sounding albums from the 70s, produced by George Duke with an appreciation for Flora's Brazilian jazz roots, but with a smoother sound that's in keeping with Duke's own work of the time! The combination is pretty sweet – a professional ... read moreCD
An amazing package – one that brings together the album Elis from 1980, in a special box that includes a bonus DVD, and lots of cool other extra bits – including announcements of a show, a program for the show, reproductions of press clippings, 3 buttons, 5 photographs, a pin, a sticker ... read moreCD
Carol Saboya/Antonio Adolfo/Hendrik Meurkens —
Copa Village ... CD AAM, 2014. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
The first full album in years from the legendary Moacir Santos – and a beautiful little album that's filled with all the deep feeling and inventive arrangement of his older work! As the title might imply, the set borrows song structure and spirit from the Brazilian choro tradition – ... read moreCD
Warmly dancing guitar from Ricardo Silveira – paired here with some especially nice reed work that really makes the whole thing sparkle! Silveira's guitars are rich in tones – stepping from chord to chord with a liveliness that's linked to Brazilian jazz, but with a warmth that's all ... read moreCD
A beautiful take on the compositions of Milton Nasicmento – performed by guitarist Ricardo Silveira and pianist Luiz Avellar. Given the majesty and ambitious production styles often used with Nascimento's own recordings of his tunes, this stripped-down set is a very different take on the ... read moreCD
Ricardo Silveira & Vinicius Cantuaria —
RSVC ... CD Adventure Music, 2013. Used ...
One of the warmest, most intimate records we've ever heard from Vinicius Cantuaria – and one of the most beautiful too! The set's got Vinicius on vocals and guitar, in the company of guitarist Ricardo Silveira, and no other instrumentation at all – which makes for a wonderfully airy ... read moreCD
New work from Brazilian diva Elza Soares – and surprisingly great! It's hard to believe that Elza's still sounding so nice after all these years, but she does – and the album's blend of funk, hip hop, and mellower arrangements really has her pushing past the styles of earlier years. ... read moreCD