The best we've heard so far from Gui Amabis – a really wonderful little record that we might put right up there with work by Moreno Veloso and his fellow +2 trio members! Gui's got this slow-paced, raspy style of singing that's really compelling – a mode that grabs us strongly, even ... read moreCD
Right from the start, Maria Bethania showed herself as an artist who could almost shine better in a live setting than a studio one – from her early records, to famous albums that helped define the sound of MPB, to recent gems like this one – which has the singer still very much at the ... 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
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
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
Luiz Caldas —
Nos ... CD Polydor (Brazil), 1990. Used ...
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
A tremendous tribute to 100 years of Dorival Caymmi – the legendary Brazilian singer/songwriter who helped pave the way for bossa nova, Tropicalia, and so many other sounds to come! Unlike the beautiful 90th birthday album for Caymmi, in which he was still alive and able to participate ... 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
Beat-heavy Brazilian work from Karol Conka – a set that's got some of the same urban vibe of the baile beat work of a few years back, but which also focuses the energy into a tighter, more compact R&B groove! Karol rhymes her way along the groove, but at a pace that's a bit more laidback ... read moreCD
Really stunning stuff – a never-heard live performance from early 70s London – one that features Gilberto Gil in exile, working alongside the great Gal Costa! The album's got a lean, stripped-down feel – similar acoustic instrumentation to both Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso's ... read moreCD
Really stunning stuff – a never-heard live performance from early 70s London – one that features Gilberto Gil in exile, working alongside the great Gal Costa! The album's got a lean, stripped-down feel – similar acoustic instrumentation to both Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso' ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Really wonderful work from Vanessa Da Mata – a Brazilian singer who just seems to get better and better over the years! The set features sublime production from guitarist Liminha and bassist Kassin – the latter of whom always has this amazing way of folding things together, so that ... read moreCD
Martinho Da Vila —
Enredo ... CD Biscoito Fino (Brazil), 2014. New Copy ...
Soulful samba from the great Martinho Da Vila – still every bit as joyous and lively as during his famous years of the 70s! The album's a rock-solid set from start to finish – and really lives up to Martinho's long musical legacy, which hasn't dimmed a bit – while also finding ... 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
A great guitar session from late 60s Brazil – bossa at its core, but with some other groovy touches too! Guitarist Heraldo Do Monte plays light acoustic, in a style that's right up there with Luiz Bonfa or Baden Powell – but the overall setting of the album also gives a nod towards ... read moreCD
An incredible batch of Brazilian fusion – cut by keyboardist Manfredo Fest, and one of the few records he ever waxed in the US during the 70s! The record mixes Fest's soaring Brazilian groove with a tight soulful set of arrangements by Jerry Peters – a bit club-oriented, with a similar ... 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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really lovely live performance from Gilberto Gil – and one that follows in the same stripped-down mode as his excellent Gilberto's Samba album! The format here is wonderful – a real return to greatness for Gil, as he plays acoustic guitar and sings, with just a bit of extra backing ... read moreCD
An expanded version of this classic – with 5 more bonus tracks, 4 of which were arranged by Ennio Morricone! The core album is incredible 70s work from the lovely Astrud Gilberto – a rare effort for the CTI label that has her teaming up with arranger Eumir Deodato and saxophonist ... 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
Rodrigo Lima —
Saga ... CD JSR (Brazil), New Copy 2 CDs ...
A great debut from Rodrigo Lima – a double-length set that has the guitarist working in modes that range from Brazilian roots to samba jazz, with lots of stops in between! Lima plays acoustic throughout, and with a deftness that rivals some of his Brazilian predecessors – and that ... 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
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
(Out of print.)
Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66 —
Stillness ... CD A&M (Japan), 1971. New Copy ...
A real classic from Sergio Mendes – probably most famous for its funky bits! The record pushes past the formula of the earlier Brasil 66 albums, and goes for a more sophisticated approach that adds in some sweet electric moments, more complicated grooves, and an overall sound that's even ... 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
Vinicius De Moraes —
Gold ... CD Universal (Brazil), 1960s/1970s. Used ...
(Out of print.)
Os Cobras —
O LP ... CD RCA (UK), 1964. New Copy ...
A landmark session of bossa jazz – about as great as you can get for the genre! This little beauty was recorded in 1964 – and it features work by some of Brazil's greatest bossa musicians of the time: Milton Banana on drums, Tenorio Jr on piano, Raulzinho on trombone, and Paulo Moura ... read moreCD
Fernanda Porto —
Giramundo ... CD Studio Canal (Brazil), 2004. New Copy ...
The sweet second album from Fernanda Porto – one of our favorite Brazilian singers in recent years, and an artist with a talent that encompasses both a classic approach to MPB, and some of the current trends in soul that have been coming out of the Rio and Sao Paulo scenes! The album's got a ... read moreCD
Complicated and folksy work from Quintal De Clorofila – aka Garden Of Chlorophyll – the duo of Negendre and Dimitri Arbo, singing together and working on an assortment of instruments that include acoustic guitars, casio keyboard, bandolim, microharp, soprano sax, flute, and lots of ... 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
A sublime 70s session from Moacir Santos – a set that mixes the complex grooves he forged in 60s Brazil with the warmly jazzy sound of American fusion – all in a result that's totally unique! The album's quite different than any other electric Brazilian sets recorded in the US at the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pretty mind-blowing album from Taiguara – worlds ahead of most of his other records, with very ambitious arrangements done in collaboration with Hermeto Pascoal and Wagner Tiso! The scope of the work is quite large – a complex blend of many instruments that soars with the soulfulness ... read moreCD
Nearly 3 albums' worth of music from the legendary Tamba Trio – one of the grooviest groups in the 60s bossa years in Brazil! The trio are quite unique – in that they not only play upbeat bossa rhythms, but also harmonize along with their grooves – in a soaringly sublime quality ... read moreCD
Teca & Ricardo —
Cade O Povo ... LP Pulp Flavor/Dare Dare (France), 1976. New Copy (reissue)...
Sweetly jazzy Brazilian grooves from the team of Teca & Ricardo – a lovely album recorded in France in the mid 70s, and unheard for years! The feel here is not that dissimilar from some of the recent work by Tom & Joyce, or classic work by the team of Jaime & Nair – Teca's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Please note that there is a small split on the spine of the top of the LP jacket.)
In the years before the emergence of MPB giants like Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso, Geraldo Vandre was a huge talent that promised to break big – a young vibrant singer who pushed past the romantic stylings of other vocalists, a free thinker who embraced new styles but didn't succumb to the ... read moreCD
A rich new chapter in the career of Moreno Veloso – a set that steps off strongly from his work with the +2 trio, but in ways that are even more personal and poetic than before! The shift is a bit like that time when Caetano Veloso took all his previous experiments and found a more intimate ... read moreCD
We're not entirely sure when these recordings are from, but the CD's a nice batch of modern bossa-inflected jazz tracks, played by the legendary pianist who was the leader of Bossa Tres. The sound is fairly spare, and has Vinhas' piano backed by bass and percussion in a style similar to many of ... read moreCD
A great return for the legendary Tom Ze – an artist who'd been brought back to prominence via the efforts of a Luaka Bop compilation – then given this great chance to record for the label on his own! The set's a great return to form for Ze – who sprung from this moment into a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Not the entire Brazilian scene – but a sweet little set with some wonderful bossa numbers! About half the record features the initial album recorded by Ze Maria – the great Tudo Azul, a lost bossa organ classic – and a set that features some vocals by Jorge Ben! The album's a ... read moreCD
A really great tribute to the legendary Brazilian singer/songwriter Chico Buarque – a set that presents some of his best songs ever, with English lyrics exclusive to the recording – at a level that only makes us love Chico's music even more than before! The project was put together by ... read moreCD