Slow Motion Bossa Nova certainly fits this one – a beautiful album of lush jazzy arrangements, done in the 60s style of artists like Roberto Menescal or Lalo Schifrin, but with added touches of soulful vocals by Celso Fonseca. The assemblage of musicians on the record is great – and ... read moreCD
Gilberto Gil —
Quanta ... CD Warner (Brazil), 1997. Used ...
An ambitious double-length set from Gilberto Gil – and a record that's almost a return to some of the sounds of his roots! Production is by Liminha, and there's still plenty of electric instrumentation on the set – but the overall sound is also more laidback and open, with lots of nice ... 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
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
Lovely work from Marisa Monte – perhaps a bit sweeter than some of her earlier stuff, but pretty darn catchy, and with some excellent production by Arto Lindsay! The tracks have a mellow breezy feel, with a compressed production style that includes a lot of flanged-out guitar, subtle ... read moreCD
Heavily grooving work from Chico Science's old group – a fuzzed-out batch of tracks that has Nacao Zumbi still very much in a guitar-based mode, but also moving towards styles that have the melange of modes that you'll find in some of the more groundbreaking Brazilian pop of recent years. ... read moreCD
A nice double LP collection of Nascimento's late 70s output, with 20 tracks in all, including "Nos Bailes Da Vida", "Certas Cancoes", "Cancao Da America", "Peixinhos Do Mar (Cantiga de Marujada)", "Sonho De Moco", "Coracao Brasileiro", ... read moreCD
Unfortunately, most of the classic albums by this great Brazilian singer languished out of print for far too long – but whether you've finally picked those up or not, this extensive "best of" is a wonderful listen! The style's a mix of jazzy and bossa material with some of her ... read moreCD
A great live show from Caetano Veloso – very spare and personal, and almost much more of a rock and roll outing than some of his other more ambitious concert sets! Caetano's in a denim jacket, looking very relaxed on the stage – and that appearance really fits the mood of the set ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Caetano Veloso & Gilberto Gil —
Barra 69 ... CD Polygram (Brazil), 1969. Used ...
A seminal live set that brings together two giants of the Tropicalia scene – Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, recorded here in a rough-edged performance from 1969! The format has the artists alternating songs throughout the set, then coming together for a duet at the end – and the ... read moreCD
A mighty new effort from the amazing Tom Ze – a wild, heaving stylistic sprawl that's as dense and wonderful as his other recent efforts for Trama – but far more ambitious than anything he's done in many years! If you know anything about Tom Ze, you know that the man's aural art is ... read moreCD