Alue ... CD Sesac (Brazil), 2018. New Copy ...
One of the greatest albums in years from percussion Airto Moreira – a set that really lives up to the complex sort of grooves he first brought to our shores in the 70s! Airto's back home in Brazil for this set, and working with a really great lineup – a group that's heavy on acoustic ... read moreCD
A Brazilian instrumental rock combo from the 60s, and one who are equally heavy on horns as they are on guitars – all of which makes for a mighty cool sound overall! The group's a biggish one – with tenor sax, trumpet, and baritone stepping out next to driving drums, bass, and electric ... read moreCD
An amazing bit of Brazilian funk – and the best album ever by this exciting soulful duo! The record's their first, and it's got a crackling intensity that you don't always find on their other albums – a groove that mixes hard samba with bass-heavy funk, with a sound that makes them one ... read moreCD
Bells ... CD RGE/Discobertas (Brazil), 1966. New Copy ...
The Bells serve up a great blend of garage rock modes and Brazilian elements on this debut album from the 60s – a sweet small combo style that's heavy on swirling organ lines and echoey guitar! As with some of the other jovem guarda groups of the period, these guys lean heavily on influences ... read moreCD
Groovy set of tracks that's an MPS follow-up to their legendary "bossa nova and folklore" album that was part of the original Jazz Meets the World series in the 60s. This set was recorded at the 1972 Festival Folklore e Bossa Nova Do Brasil, and it features various groupings of Brazilian ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, including the insert.)
Chico Buarque —
Caravanas ... CD Biscoito Fino (Brazil), 2017. New Copy ...
That's an aging Chico Buarque on the cover, still looking cooler than anyone else around – and sounding the same on this wonderful record! Buarque was one of the first of an important new generation of Brazilian songwriters to emerge in the 60s – and unlike some of the others, who've ... read moreCD
One of the few albums ever cut by the team of Octavio Burnier and Claudio Cartier – a mid 70s Brazilian duo with a sweet and soulful finish! Both Burnier and Cartier play guitar – but not in a spare, Baden Powell-like way. Instead, they've got a sound that's very full – touched ... read moreCD
One of the few albums ever cut by the team of Octavio Burnier and Claudio Cartier – a mid 70s Brazilian duo with a sweet and soulful finish! Both Burnier and Cartier play guitar – but not in a spare, Baden Powell-like way. Instead, they've got a sound that's very full – touched ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A nice little live set that follows off the same sort of energy as the studio album Estratoferica – which has Gal Costa coming across with a more youthful vibe than she's had in years! As with that record, Gal's working here with a group of younger musicians – players who bring more ... (DVDs & Videos, Brazil)read moreDVD
Gal Costa —
India ... CD Philips/Mr Bongo (UK), 1973. New Copy ...
One of the richest, most expressive albums ever from the great Gal Costa – a set from her immediate post-Tropicalia years, and one that shows that she's got a lot more to offer than just a wild sense of experimentation! Gilberto Gil is the musical director here – with help from Rogerio ... read moreCD
One Brazilian jazz great pays tribute to another – drummer Duduka Da Fonseca, who works here in a whole set of classic tunes from the songbook of pianist Dom Salvador! Both Duduka and Dom emigrated from Brazil to the US in their early years – where they found a welcome audience, and a ... (Jazz, Brazil)read moreCD
Funky samba with some nicely warm touches in the music – all of which makes for a strong undercurrent of soul in the grooves! Djalma Dias sometimes works in familiar territory here, but he also surprises us at some points – especially when he steps into versions of two tunes by Marcos ... read moreCD
A glorious return to electric modes for the legendary Joao Donato – a set that has him playing the kind of sweet funky Fender Rhodes lines we love in his 70s work – alongside some Farfisa, Moog, and Clavinet too! Donato definitely takes the "eletrico" in the title seriously ... read moreCD
A huge addition to the 70s and 80s catalog of keyboardist Joao Donato – pulled from a time when the bossa genius wasn't getting as much time to record as before, but was still overflowing with fantastic new ideas! The set begins with a CD of rarities – including keyboard-heavy demos ... read moreCD
Fantastic – maybe the most incredible Milton Nascimento album we've ever heard – and one that's completely different, too! Sure, Brazilian singers have been paying tribute to Milton almost from the moment of his first recordings – but this really unique session finds a way to put ... read moreCD
Elizabeth is a lovely looking singer on the cover – and she packs a surprising amount of punch on the record – coming across with the sort of bold, soulful currents that remind us a lot of the best Brit girl singers of the mid 60s! Lyrics are all in Portuguese, but there's certainly ... read moreCD
The second album from this cool little rock combo from late 60s years – a group from the pre-Tropicalia era, when Brazilian groups were still picking up direct influences from the Anglo scene! In fact, there's a quality to the record that reminds us of some of our favorite garagey psych ... read moreCD
Xenia Franca —
Xenia ... CD Agogo (Brazil), 2018. New Copy ...
A wonderful mix of Brazilian roots and contemporary soul from Xenia – a singer with previous experience in the groups Alafia and Capadoxe – but much more compelling on her own in the spotlight! The music has the kind of roots/futurist vibe you might expect from the cover – a very ... read moreCD
Galaxies ... CD RGE/Discobertas (Brazil), 1968. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
A cool Brazilian quartet with a very groovy sound – one gal and three guys, and a group who aren't afraid to show their love of American music! Most tunes here are sung in English, and are covers of work by Anglo groups of the time – including two especially sublime takes on tunes by ... read moreCD
An overlooked gem from the Verve bossa years – a session that features the sweet tenor sax work of Stan Getz, alongside some swinging bossa arrangements from the great Gary McFarland! Given the strength of Gary's own work for Verve at the time, it's no surprise that he's a perfect ... (Jazz, Brazil)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the funkiest albums ever from Gilberto Gil – a set that beautifully mixes rootsy elements with tighter funk arrangements – in a style that's not unlike some of the 70s samba soul experiments from Jorge Ben! The record borrows heavily from American funk and soul of the time, and ... read moreCD
A warmly intimate album from Joao Gilberto – one that has the singer and guitarist in the same special space as his wonderful albums from the early 70s - a bit more sophisticated than the bossa years, but equally personal throughout! The set was co-produced by Helen Keane – who was ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
Ivan Lins & Gilson Peranzzetta —
Cumplicidade ... CD Fina Flor (Brazil), 2018. New Copy ...
A really wonderful setting for the lyrical talents of Ivan Lins – a set that has the singer working alongside pianist Gilson Peranzzetta – but at a level that's maybe even more expressive than some of his recent albums with fuller arrangements! Gilson is a partner of Lins in a legacy ... read moreCD
70s soul from Brazil – and a tremendously strong effort from the legendary Tim Maia! This record was Tim's first after an initial run on Polydor – and it shows Maia tightening up his groove even more, but still avoiding the slicker sounds of later years. There's a really focused sound ... read moreCD
The debut album of this excellent Brazilian singer – an artist who was discovered by Ney Matogrosso, who presents him here on his own label – even though Ze Maria is clearly very much his own man too! The songs are mostly poetic tunes that evoke the northeast territory that is Maria's ... read moreCD
Ruy Maurity —
Safra 74 ... CD Som Livre/Discobertas (Brazil), 1973. New Copy ...
A great blend of samba soul and acoustic roots from the 70s – a sweet little set that's right up there with some of our favorite grooves from the Som Livre label scene of the time! Ruy Maurity sings with a sound that's surprisingly soulful for a bearded guy in a turtleneck – and the ... read moreCD
One of Sergio Mendes' most dreamy albums – quite different than both his vocal work with Brasil 66, and his smaller combo sides from Brazil! There's still a strong bossa component to the record – but the setting has Sergio's piano lines laid out over larger arrangements with a good ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green Broadway label pressing. Cover has some gloss wrinkles on front.)
A great little live set from Sergio Mendes and his Brasil 65 group – a pre-Brasil 66 combo that features Wanda De Sah on vocals and Rosinha De Valenca on guitar! The style here is more traditionally Brazilian bossa than Sergio's later work on A&M – a fluidly jazzy groove captured ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Green & blue label pressing.)
Sergio Mendes/Bossa Rio/Tamba 4/et al —
Gentle Rain ... LP A&M, Late 60s/1972. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ...
An excellent "limited collectors edition" LP that features tracks pulled from A&M's great Brazilian music output of the late 60s! The record was not officially offered to retail customers – as far as we've been told – and it's a great package of some of the dreamiest ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic tribute to the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim – and, as you'd expect from the duo of Paula and Jacques Morelenbaum, a set that's got a very unique flavor overall! The Morelenbaums have always been committed to the little sounds, the simple moments that have made Brazilian music ... read moreCD
Milton Nascimento —
Minas ... CD EMI (Brazil), 1975. Used ...
A mid 70s masterpiece from Milton Nascimento – a record that still has the soaringly ambitious touches of his other work from the time, but which also comes across with a slightly personal feel too! Nascimento's voice is near-perfect – even more spacious and heavenly than before – ... read moreCD
A wonderful little album – sweet jazzy MPB from Roberto Nascimento, a lost record that we're very happy got reissued! We'll be honest and say that we didn't know anything about this one in the past – but we really enjoy the record for its warm grooves and gently soulful vocals. The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Novos Baianos —
Acabou Chorare ... LP Som Livre/Mr Bongo (UK), 1972. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
Certainly one of the greatest albums by this excellent (and oft-overlooked!) group from the 70s! The band of young Bahians deliver a great mix of tracks tinged with bits of rock, funky samba, and even a few psychedelic influences – with alternating male and female vocals, and some excellent ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic sounds from Hermeto Pascoal – an artist who first set the world of Brazilian music on fire in the early 70s, and has continued to be one of its most creative talents for decades! One of the great things about Hermeto is not only his own talents as a composer and instrumentalist, ... read moreCD
A straight jazz album from Brazilian pianist Gilson Peranzzetta – an artist who's played on countless sessions over the years, including a wealth of famous vocal records too – but who here pays tribute to the great Oscar Peterson, in a nicely stripped-down set of jazz piano trio tracks! ... read moreCD
Lively soulful samba from Eliana Pittman – a Brazilian singer that never lets us down! Although Eliana can sometimes record in a rootsier mode, the style here is a very hip blend of samba roots with some of the groovier styles of arrangement used in Brazilian music at the end of the 60s ... read moreCD
Almir Ricardi —
Festa Funk ... CD RGE/Discobertas (Brazil), 1984. New Copy ...
A set that's definitely the funk festival promised in the title – but one that's also served up in an 80s-styled mode! Almir Ricardi sings in a soulful style, amidst lots of basslines and keyboards set up by Lincoln Olivetti and Robson Jorge – both Brazilian musicians with plenty of ... read moreCD
An incredible set of Brazilian jazz – one of the few albums that percussionist Dom Um Romao recorded as a leader, and sublime all the way through! The record's got a wonderful blend of funky fusion and Brazilian percussion – and features a group from two continents that includes Sivuca ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Monica Salmaso —
Caipira ... CD Biscoito Fino (Brazil), 2017. New Copy ...
Monica Salmaso works here with some really lovely instrumentation – a bit of bass flute, some accordion, and even a bit of clarinet – all instruments that really give the record a unique sort of vibe! There's almost an updated version of the choro taking place here – but one that' ... read moreCD
One of the cooler groups from the jovem guarda years of 60s Brazil – a combo who sometimes echo rock modes of the Anglo world, but who can also bring in some strong currents from samba too! The mix is great, and completely infectious on the best cuts – as the blue guitars and echoey ... read moreCD
Features guest work from Milton Nascimento, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and Oscar Castro Neves! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a sticker over the promo stamp on back.)
Tenorio Jr —
Embalo ... CD RGE/Mr Bongo (UK), 1964. New Copy ...
A set that's maybe one of the greatest bossa jazz albums of all time – and a fantastic homegrown Brazilian effort that's quite different from the more commercial American bossa albums of the 60s! Tenorio Jr isn't just a hell of a pianist, he's a great writer and arranger too – one who's ... read moreCD
Tenorio Jr —
Embalo ... LP RGE/Mr Bongo (UK), 1964. New Copy (reissue)...
A set that's maybe one of the greatest bossa jazz albums of all time – and a fantastic homegrown Brazilian effort that's quite different from the more commercial American bossa albums of the 60s! Tenorio Jr isn't just a hell of a pianist, he's a great writer and arranger too – one who's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Marcos Valle might look a bit sad and forlorn with all those fruity drinks on the cover – but the record itself is a wonderfully upbeat session, and one that's very much in the same modern soul mode of his 80s groove Vontade De Rever Voce! As on that record, the sound here shows strong ... read moreCD
Brightly-tripping grooves from singer/guitarist Carlinhos Vergueiro – a lesser-known Brazilian talent from the 70s, but one who works here at a level that matches some of the bigger names in MPB! The album's got a subtle sort of sophistication – a mixture of samba and jazz in the ... read moreCD
One of Tom Ze's greatest records – and an album that proves that the Tropicalista spirit didn't die once Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil went into exile! The cover is a bit standard, in comparison to the artier look of other Tom Ze albums – but the sound is very forward-thinking, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album