Arnaldo Antunes —
Disco ... CD Radar (Brazil), 2014. Used ...
Not disco like you'd hear in a nightclub in the 70s, but a record that shows the continuing creativity of Arnaldo Antunes – easily one of the best Brazilian songwriters of the past decade or so! The album's a bit more straightforward musically than some of Antunes' earliest recordings, but ... read moreCD
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
A 5CD package filled with great work from this Brazilian samba legend – three full albums, plus two discs of rare material too! First up is the Candeia album from 1970 – lovely samba work from Candeia, a singer with a voice that's richly expressive, but often without any effort at all ... read moreCD
Kind of a painful movie, but a pretty sweet soundtrack! The set features a number of new works produced by Deodato, very much in the spirit of his Inutil Paisagem 60s bossa recordings – with wonderfully complex airy melodies, and a touch so light you can't believe there's actually a ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Guilherme Dias Gomes —
Leste ... CD Tratore, 2016. Used ...
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
One of the greatest soundtracks ever – a record that set a whole new standard for audio representation of a film! The mad music for the set was composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim, with lyrics by Vincius De Moraes – and performed by Luiz Bonfa on guitar – but despite such prime ... (Soundtracks, Brazil)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Not the usual bossa nova you might expect from Antonio Carlos Jobim – but instead a larger, more ambitious piece of music – written for the opening of the city of Brasilia, to mark a whole new generation in Brazilian modernism! The music is often orchestral, and shows the wonderful ear ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A tripped-out batch of hard jamming tracks from ex-Mutante Rita Lee – recorded with assistance from all the members of the group at the time, but in a mode that's quite different overall! Lee is clearly the star of the show here – singing all lyrics with a much fiercer vocal approach ... 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
Angela Maria sings with the group of pianist Waldir Calmon – a great talent on both the acoustic piano and organ, and a player with a strong flourish on the keys that nicely matches the depth of Angela's vocals! The set's got a style that's dramatic, but never overdone – and is a great ... read moreCD
A wonderful live set from Mart'nalia – done at a level that really focuses on her raw, raspy vocals – and with backing that's pure classic samba all the way through! The set features guest work from Martinho Da Vila, who also handled the music direction as well – and the whole ... read moreCD
Marisa Monte —
Mais ... CD World Pacific, 1997. Used ...
Great stuff from Marisa Monte – and a record that's criss-crossed with influences, thanks to production by Arto Lindsay, and performances by Marc Ribot, Bernie Worrell, John Zorn, Ryuchi Sakamoto, Nana Vasconcelos, and Ed Motta! Maybe a bit slicker than the current American press hype would ... read moreCD
A real criss-crossing of styles here – lyrical MPB meets heavier production with lots of guitars – in a style that reminds us of the best work by Chico Science and some of his more recent heirs in Brazilian music! Titles include "Papo Macaco", "Abra A Boca", "Pa ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Morelenbaum 2/Sakamoto —
Casa ... CD Sony, 2002. Used ...
A light and lovely album from the trio of Jacques Morelenbaum cello, Paula Morelenbaum voice, and Ryuichi Sakamoto piano! The "casa" in the title refers to the "casa" of Antonio Carlos Jobim, where part of the album was recorded – as you may well hear in the Jobim-esque ... read moreCD
A lovely set of dancefloor work from Clara Moreno – one that seems to take equal parts inspiration from the sounds of Rio, and from the sounds of the global club circuit! There's certainly a groove here that belies Clara's heritage in Brazilian music – but many of the tunes also bubble ... read moreCD
A great mix of styles from this enigmatic Brazilian saxophonist! Moura straddles two generations of music – and takes a few older tips from players like Pixinquinha, and mixes them up with more modern arrangements that have a nice strident groove. Paulo Moura plays alto, soprano, and ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Milton Nascimento —
Pieta ... CD Savoy, 2002. Used ...
Warmer and richer than some of Nascimento's other recent albums – and a compelling batch of tunes that shows he's as strong as ever! The album's awash in a soaring, almost spiritual sound – as befits the title – but it's also got some interesting jazzy moments, and a breezy, ... 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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wholly unique late 60s record by Orquesta Afro Brasileira – with these raw, heavy and unforgettable roosty rhythms and chorus vocals that give it something of a spiritual, folkloric vibe – yet the overall sound is still indicative of the genre-busting creativity of the many different ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful surprise from Jair Rodriguez – the kind of an album we never expected to like so much! Sure, Jair cut some fantastic work in earlier years, but we really weren't prepared for the quality of this one – as the set's honestly the greatest record we've heard from him in decades ... read moreCD
Roberto Menescal and Luis Avellar arranged and play on this record and Menescal also did the production. It is a nice record of mainly quiet ballad-type songs that seem to be weaved into medleys and are used well to show off Santiago's rich voice. The record contains some Veloso and Jobim ... read moreCD
A trio project from the group Soukas – usually just the duo of drummers Simone Sou and Guilherme Kastrup, but joined this time around by the great keyboardist Benjamin Taubkin! Most tracks are heavy on rhythms and melodic percussion from Simone and Guilherme – sometimes quite rootsy, ... read moreCD
A mid 70s gem from the Tamba Trio! The record takes their core 60s sound of piano trio grooving and bossa harmony vocals, and gives it a strong 70s twist – with mellow production that flanges the style out a bit more, and arrangements that add in some extra instrumentation from the likes of ... read moreCD
An incredible new album from Trio Mocoto – the legendary Brazilian funk group from the 70s! Unlike the group's first "comeback" album of a few years back – which was great, but kind of revisited familiar territory – this one seems to go in a whole new direction, really ... read moreCD
Incredible new work from Trio Mocoto – the famous Samba Soul trio who were such a big part of Jorge Ben's work in the early 70s! The group still have all the funky flourish of their classic years – and they're working here in a setting that takes that sound, and respectfully touches it ... read moreCD
One of the building blocks of the late 60s Tropicalia scene in Brazil – and a standout solo debut from the young Caetano Veloso! The album's got an approach that's as dynamic and trippy as its cover image might imply – the same amazing blend of sounds and styles you'd hear on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Moreno's the son of Caetano – and even though this album can't possibly live up to the claim on the label that the album takes up strand's of Caetano's most groundbreaking work, it's still a pretty great little record! Moreno plays it cool on most of the record – singing in a spare ... read moreCD
Very cool stuff! This is a nifty little promo-only CD of remixes of tracks from the last Tom Ze album for Luaka Bop. The sound is amazing, and the CD includes remixes by The High Llamas, Sean Lennon (?), Amon Tobin, Sasha Frere-Jones (of Ui), and John McEntire (of Tortoise, who are Ze's backing ... read moreCD
(Original US promo – in a cardboard sleeve cover.)
Brazilian music from the ground up – a fascinating array of recordings made as part of the film Moro No Brasil, presented in all their gritty brilliance! The focus here is on the music of the people – recorded either live in the streets or at Mika's Bar, as part of an all-star ... read moreCD