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 trio of albums from percussionist Airto – with bonus tracks too! First up is Free – one of the coolest, grooviest albums you'll ever hear from the legendary percussionist Airto – a set that mixes his own Brazilian roots with the electric genius of 70s CTI – all with ... read moreCD
A great little fusion set from Airto – recorded in a mode that's a great bridge between his acoustic roots and some of his smoother albums in years to come! The sound has some key electric elements here – bits of bass, guitar, and keyboards – but there's still a strongly acoustic ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Antonio Carlos & Jocafi —
Mudei De Ideia ... LP RCA/Mr Bongo (UK), 1971. New Copy (reissue)...
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
More hard samba stuff, with heavy drums, plinking guitars, and sing song vocals. Tracks include "17 Anos", "Arue", "Todo Mundo e Preto", and "Sarava, Sarava Bahia". LP, Vinyl record album
Aquarius Y Luiz Antonio —
Brasil ... CD RCA (Japan), 1973. Used ...
An incredibly groovy group – with a sound that's like a 70s take on the Sergio Mendes groove, all touched up with electric instrumentation on keyboards and guitars, but with a breezy vocal approach and some tight post-bossa rhythms! The group perform versions of some of the best Brazilian ... read moreCD
One of the coolest albums ever from this hip Brazilian organist – a set that just features a small combo behind his lead work on the keys – in a mode that ties the album more strongly to the world of samba and bossa jazz than any of his other records of the decade! There's still lots ... read moreCD
A set that's a bit mellower than some of the other 60s records by Brazilian organist Ely Arcoverde – but one that's still got a very groovy sound overall! As you'd guess by the "boleros" in the title, most tunes are ballads – slow-steppers with a great late nite vibe, which ... read moreCD
Some of the weirdest, wildest organ work we've ever heard – and that's coming from folks with a record collection stuffed with Jack McDuff, Jimmy Smith, and even Sun Ra! Ely Arcoverde is a bit in the territory of Brazilian 60s organ contemporary Walter Wanderley – especially in the way ... read moreCD
An incredible little record – and the set where it really all comes together for this legendary funky jazz group! Azymuth were already great on their debut, although maybe a little experimental at times – but here, they really find the soulful groove that later got them big fame on the ... read moreCD
An incredible little record – and the set where it really all comes together for this legendary funky jazz group! Azymuth were already great on their debut, although maybe a little experimental at times – but here, they really find the soulful groove that later got them big fame on the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Warm, wonderful, and incredibly far-reaching in scope – possibly the most ambitious record cut by Azymuth in recent years – a perfect blend of jazzy fusion, Brazilian rhythms, and some of the London broken beat culture that the group have come into contact with through their label, Far ... read moreCD
Spectacular organ from Celio Balona – a Brazilian keyboardist from the 60s, but one who's maybe a bit different than some of his contemporaries – as the range of tones and other sonic elements is nicely mixed up to really fit the spirit of the tunes – which include early numbers ... read moreCD
A really unusual album from Brazilian organist Celio Balona – first, in that it's recorded in a small nightclub in Belo Horizonte, which gives the whole thing a different vibe than Celio's studio work – and second, in that it has singers on a number of tracks – which provides a ... read moreCD
An excellent album by one of the greatest Brazilian funk bands ever – a wonderful blend of funk, jazz, and soul – and a set that rivals any of the best work coming from the US at the time! These guys are right on the money right from the start – moving through sharp changes with ... read moreCD
An excellent album by one of the greatest Brazilian funk bands ever – a wonderful blend of funk, jazz, and soul – and a set that rivals any of the best work coming from the US at the time! These guys are right on the money right from the start – moving through sharp changes with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Contemporary work from Banda Black Rio – the legendary Brazilian funk band who gave us some really great records in the 70s! Turns out, the group still sounds great after all the passage of years – more in a modern soul mode overall, with a few more sophisticated twists and turns ... read moreCD
New work from one of the greatest Brazilian soul groups of the 70s – and they're still pretty darn great! The album's smoother and perhaps a bit less funk-oriented than some of Banda Black Rio's classic work – but it's still a perfect blend of Brazilian rhythms and instrumentation with ... read moreCD
A hip little set from The Beat Boys – an Argetine group working in late 60s Brazil, supposedly with a bit of an influence on the sound of Tropicalia! The sound here is a bit straighter than the work of Caetano Veloso or Os Mutantes – a bit in the Jovem Guarda sound of more mainstream ... read moreCD
A landmark recording that is one of Jorge Ben's best albums ever! The album is a perfect realization of the way that Jorge mixes Brazilian rhythms with choppy Afro grooves – and the result is a masterpiece that yeilded some of his biggest tracks ever. Included here is the great choppy funk ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sweet little album from Jorge Ben – an 80s groover with a sound that's a bit of a change from his 70s classics! The backings show Ben picking up some modern soul elements from the US scene of the time – but these are also mixed with some rougher, rhythmic styles that are definitely ... read moreCD
A stunner of a record from the mighty Jorge Ben – and a record that catapulted the Brazilian singer to international fame at the time! Ben had already been making magic for almost a decade down in Brazil – and his compositions and grooves left an undeniable impact on the scene in the ... read moreCD
(Limited edition of 2000 copies – in a nice LP-styled sleeve!)
A samba soul masterpiece from Jorge Ben – one of the most brilliant records to come out the fertile late 60s Brazilian scene – and an incredible album that works with the psychedelic flourishes of Ben's contemporaries and a deeper undercurrent of soul & funk! This is one of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the few albums that Jorge Ben recorded for the US market – and a tight set of tunes that grooves with a heavy samba soul sound! The album features new versions of some of Jorge's older tunes, done here with a small combo that mixes electric piano, organ, guitar, and lots of percussion ... read moreCD
Maria Beraldo —
Cavala ... LP Tres Selos (Brazil), 2019. Near Mint- ...
Brilliant work from the legendary Maria Bethania – a singer who might be looking a few years older on the cover, but who still has all the tremendous power of her youth! Maria's vocals are tremendous, and set up in these beautiful arrangements that blend samba-styled percussion and guitar ... read moreCD
A fantastic new setting for the magnificent voice of Mario Biondi – a set that has the Italian crooner working alongside co-producer Kassin – who helps give Mario this very groovy take on Brazilian music! The style is mostly upbeat and soulful – a bit like the grooves on early ... (New Grooves, Brazil)read moreCD
Fantastic work from Lo Borges – the legendary Brazilian singer that we've loved since his first "corner club" work with Milton Nascimento in the 70s – and who looks as if he hasn't aged a bit in the photo included with the album! Borges was always one of the strongest ... read moreCD
A groovy bossa gem from the glory days of A&M Records – an ultra-hip group recorded with production by Sergio Mendes! The feel here is a lot like that of Brasil 66 – bossa rhythms, sunny CA instrumentation, and lovely female vocals – in this case sung singularly, by the ... read moreCD
A groovy bossa gem from the glory days of A&M Records – an ultra-hip group recorded with production by Sergio Mendes! The feel here is a lot like that of Brasil 66 – bossa rhythms, sunny CA instrumentation, and lovely female vocals – in this case sung singularly, by the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bruno E sounds fantastic here, and very different than the broken beat maestro we loved on his records from the early part of this century – as Bruno's moved into a much warmer jazz-based environment, and plays acoustic bass here with a very hip little combo! Most of the tracks are ... 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 great release by this really unique combo – a Brazilian group, but one who are equally interested in the African roots in their music – but in ways that are completely different than any other contemporary act we can think of! Camarao Orkestra aren't one of those Fela-styled Afro ... (Global Grooves, Brazil)read moreCD
A great release by this really unique combo – a Brazilian group, but one who are equally interested in the African roots in their music – but in ways that are completely different than any other contemporary act we can think of! Camarao Orkestra aren't one of those Fela-styled Afro ... (Global Grooves, Brazil)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great later album from samba singer Elizeth Cardoso – one that has a sophisticated sound that really matches her maturing vocals, thanks to a nice dose of jazz in the mix! Elizeth approaches the lyrics like a grand dame of Brazilian music – with a subtle sense of majesty touched by ... read moreCD
A lost Brazilian rock set from the mid 70s – one that's nicely perched between the psychedelic sounds of the indie scene and some of the more tightly fused modes of the MPB mainstream! The tunes here are all relatively tightly structured – but they're carried off with a relaxed ... read moreCD
Classic work from one of Brazil's greatest soul singers of the 70s – an album of rich feeling that's a wonderful bridge between American soul music and some of the sophisticated song stylings of the MPB generation! Cassiano's somewhere in the territory of contemporary Tim Maia – but is ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Moody female vocals from Brazil – a great early 70s album with a dreamy feel and a nice electric touch! In a way, the album's a fair bit like the Ana Mazzotti album from the same period, with a mix of some funky scatting vocal numbers, and other tunes that are more laidback, but which fit ... read moreCD
Celia ... CD Continental/Mr Bongo (UK), 1972. New Copy ...
A beautifully groovy album from Celia Reis – maybe the hippest set ever from this Brazilian singer who was equally at home in samba and bossa modes! Production and arrangements are by Arthur Verocai – which will give you an idea of the creativity that went into the record – as ... read moreCD
Wickedly cool work from this overlooked Brazilian singer – a record that's got a strong sense of soul in the grooves, and a great sense of imagination in the choice of songs! Celia sings early work by Joyce, Lo Borges, Nelson Angelo, and others – with these shifting arrangements from ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
This isn't the first time that vibist Erik Charlston has paid tribute to the music of Hermeto Pascoal – but the set's definitely a cooker that lives up to the strong legacy of Brazilian music and jazz that we've always loved in Hermeto's creations! Songs are mostly by Pascoal, but the set ... (Jazz, Brazil)read moreCD
Juca Chaves relaxes in bed on the cover, but he's actually sounding a bit more formal throughout the album – working with great arrangements from Radames Gnatalli, always heavy on woodwinds – and with a sophisticated style that brings a lot to his music. The clarinets and other ... read moreCD
A nice little bossa-inflected groover from France! The team of Claude Ciari and Bernard Gerard arranged the album – which is a mix of guitar, flute, organ, bass, drums, and percussion with a distinct bossa influence. A few tracks are originals – like "Funky Bat", "Bahia ... (Jazz, Brazil)read moreCD
The lovely Claudia has never sounded groovier – and even though this obscure little set was only issued for the Japanese market – it's got all the best mix of bossa nova elements as her other 60s albums from Brazil! The backings are great – and start to pick up some of that ... read moreCD
A rare harmony pop set from 60s Brazil – very much in the mode of some of the other bigger groups of the bossa generation, like Quarteto Em Cy or Os Cariocas – but served up here by a group of mixed male and female singers! Rhythms are light and lively – a jazzy blend of samba ... read moreCD
Really mindblowing work from legendary drummer Ivan "Mamao" Conti – a key part of Azymuth through that group's many years – and still going strong here as a solo artist on his own! The album's almost a 21st Century realization of the sound that Azymuth was going for back in ... read moreCD
Gal Costa looks surpisingly youthful on the cover – and she's also sounding more youthful in her music than we've heard in many years – thanks to a key collaboration with Kassin and Moreno Veloso! Both of the younger musicians really find a fresh space for Gal to work with – a ... read moreCD
Heady heady work from the legendary Gal Costa – caught here right at her early best, smack dab in the middle of the Tropicalia years! The album's one of Gal's legendary collaborations with arranger Rogerio Duprat – and it's very much in the spirit of her other incredible session from ... read moreCD
Gal Costa sings the music of Dorival Caymmi, but does so at a level that's completely different than his classics – often adding in currents of funk, jazz, and samba soul – sometimes with help from Joao Donato, who also plays keyboards on the set! The record's a perfect blend of modes ... read moreCD
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
Gal Costa somehow looks younger than usual on the cover, and she sounds younger than usual on the set too – a fantastic live album recorded with backing from a tight rock-based combo – in a way that seems to intensify Gal, and bring her back to the gripping sounds of her work in the ... read moreCD
Gal Costa somehow looks younger than usual on the cover, and she sounds younger than usual on the set too – a fantastic live album recorded with backing from a tight rock-based combo – in a way that seems to intensify Gal, and bring her back to the gripping sounds of her work in the ... (DVDs & Videos, Brazil)read moreDVD
A wonderful overview of the career of Gal Costa – one that pulls some of the best tracks from albums that begin with 1967's Domingo, and run through Minha Voz, from 1982. The tracks allow you to hear the development of Gal as a singer – starting as a late bossa vocalist, moving into ... read moreCD
Titles include "Antares", "O Trapezista", "Paisagem Marinha", "A Coisa", "Sirius", and "Samba Torto II". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes insert. Cover has some light wear.)
Cotonete & Di Melo —
Atemporal ... LP Favorite (France), 2019. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
A legendary soul singer returns to the fold – the mighty Di Melo, who's best known for one killer Brazilian funk album in the 70s – working here with superb support from contemporary French combo Cotonete! Di Melo's vocals maybe sound even better than before – with a raspy charm ... (Deep Funk, Brazil)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Cry Babies —
Cry Babies ... LP CID/Far Out (UK), Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)...
Fast funk and groovy grooves – a really great album of psychedelic tunes from Brazil! The Cry Babies serve up a sound that's beyond compare – American funk and soul influences played on organ, guitar, and sax, filtered through some really wild post-Tropicalia production! The result is ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mestre Cupijo E Seu Ritmo —
Siria ... CD Analog Africa (Germany), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ...
An incredible compilation of material by Mestre Cupijo and the musicians of Cameta – the Amazonian town where the Siria style was born! The always-great Analog Africa label turns to Brazil for this one – a nice step after their rich range of African reissues – given the nature ... read moreCD
A set dedicated to the memory of Antonio Carlos Jobim, but one that's hardly just the usual variation on his classic numbers – as only a few tunes here are actually by the composer, and all of the music has that fresh sort of sparkle that we always love in the Brazilian jazz material from ... (Jazz, Brazil)read moreCD
Hamilton De Holanda & Orquestra Do Mato Grosso —
Alegria ... CD Brasilianos (Brazil), 2020. New Copy ...
One of the most playful albums we've ever heard from Hamilton De Holanda – a set that features the master instrumentalist on 10 string bandolim, in front of some larger orchestrations – but on tunes that are pulled from a variety of pop culture sources, including some surprising entries ... read moreCD
Hamilton De Holanda/Daniel Santiago/Edu Ribeiro/Thiago —
Harmonize ... CD Brasilianos (Brazil), 2020. New Copy ...
Some of the sharpest jazz work we've heard from Hamilton De Holanda in awhile – a quartet session that has a bit more edge than some of his other records, and which uses his work on bandolim in the lead as a very powerful solo instrument! The group also features Daniel Santiago on guitar, ... read moreCD
A great jazz album from Brazilian trombonist Raul De Souza – a musician who's got a long legacy of records from the bossa years onwards, including some key 70s fusion sides as well! Here, Raul's in a relatively intimate setting – working in a quartet with piano, bass, and drums – ... (Jazz, Brazil)read moreCD
An amazing full length debut from Democustico – one of the best new Brazilian albums we've heard in years, and a set that easily matches the best work by classic artists on the Far Out label! The pair mix older and modern modes of expression – using lots of post-bossa jazz in their ... read moreCD
An organ bossa classic from the legendary Eumir Deodato – one of his strongest albums from his early years in Brazil! There's a very jazzy feel to the set all the way through – thanks to a tightly arranged group that not only features the organ and percussion you might expect from such ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A rare Brazilian album from the legendary keyboardist Deodato – recorded right around the same time as his classic CTI albums Prelude and Deodato 2 – but much more obscure! This set's got a similar electric vibe, but is much more compact – with maybe more organ than Rhodes, on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lilas ... CD Sony/Epic (Brazil), 1984. Used ...
The cover definitely reflects that 80s origin of the album – but as usual with Djavan, there's a lot more depth here going on than most of his contemporaries ever had to offer! The singer's less a Brazilian artist than a global soul star – singing in Portuguese, but with a quality that ... read moreCD
A late 80s album from Jorginho Do Imperio – but one that's got the same sharp samba vibe as similar records from a decade or two before! The production is great – mostly in that wide, echoey RGE Records mode – which allows the lively percussion, guitar lines, and chorus vocals to ... read moreCD
A really beautiful record from the legendary Joao Donato – a killer jazz session, originally done as a private release for a Brazilian corporation, and never circulated widely at the time! The set's from Donato's more recent years, but it's got the sparkle and soul of some of his earlier ... read moreCD
The legendary meeting of the two biggest Brazilian keyboard talents of the 70s – Joao Donato and Eumir Deodato – coming together in beautifully funky formation! The sound is a great blend of the moody electric work of Donato's classic Quem E Quem album, and some of the fuller, funkier ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Duo Fenix (Claudio Dauelsberg/Delia Fischer) —
Duo Fenix ... LP RCA (Brazil), 1988. Near Mint- ...
A different sort of record from late 60s Brazil – straighter pop, with a bit of jovem guarda instrumentation – but done with the Latin market in mind too, as all the lyrics here are in Spanish! Elizabeth is a pretty compelling singer – working with just the right hint of echo ... read moreCD
Sweet 70s grooving from Brazilian singer Eva – a bit of soul, a bit of easy, all styled together nicely by orchestrations from the magical maestro Gaya! Gaya's work here is similar to his best backings for other artists in the Blue Brazil generation – a mix of American pop, post-bossa ... read moreCD
Wonderful bossa and samba grooves – with a hip edge that reminds us a lot of Ed Lincoln's best records from the time – no surprise, since Falcao is actually Brazilian organist Walter Wanderley, working under another name! Wanderley, as Falcao, plays Hammond organ with a sparkly finish ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mexican pressing on heavy vinyl. Label has a sticker at the spindle hole. Cover has a half split bottom seam that's been "repaired" at the end.)
A bit of an oddball record from Walter Franco, and one we've really come to love over the years! Franco's clearly going for an experimental rock sound here – and while the hard jamming kind of works at odds against that at times, at others, the whole thing gels together nicely in a blend of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amaro Freitas —
Rasif ... CD Far Out (UK), 2018. New Copy ...
A whole new flavor of Brazilian jazz – served up by pianist Amaro Freitas, whose work on the Pernambuco scene is a great cross-crossing of modes! Freitas has all the fluid, modern elements of some of the better-known Brazilian pianists from Rio and Sao Paulo – but he also mixes in some ... (Jazz, Brazil)read moreCD
Tiago Frugoli Ensemble —
Casa ... CD Fresh Selects, 2019. New Copy ...
A Fender Rhodes masterpiece from Tiago Frugoli – a keyboardist from Brazil, but one who works here with a very soulful jazz approach overall – one that's open, spacious, and full of spirit – in ways that make the Rhodes sound even better than in a more conventional setting! The ... (Jazz, Brazil)read moreCD
A contemporary set from Brazil, but one with a groove that feels like it was lifted right from the 70s – especially that period later in the decade when samba soul modes were coming into play with warmer boogie modes! The set's a live one, and features the strong lead vocals of Renato Gama ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pretty darn great set that captures bits from all of Stan Getz's bossa nova recordings for Verve! The set's got a whopping 4 CDs, and it features Getz working with the likes of Joao Gilberto, Luiz Bonfa, Charlie Byrd, Gary McFarland, Laurindo Almeida, Astrud Gilberto, and Antonio Carlos Jobim. ... (Jazz, Brazil)read moreCD
A really great record from Gilberto Gil – a Brazilian legend who maybe strayed from his genius a bit in later years, but who's really been back on track of late! Gilberto's wonderful here – very up-close and personal, but also sharply witty too – returning to that energy that ... read moreCD
Three Brazilian musical giants – all coming together in a live setting – and presented in a way that reminds us of some of the great collaborative MPB projects of the 70s! All three artists participate vocally – taking verses alone and together, and frequently trading lines or ... (DVDs & Videos, Brazil)read moreDVD
One of the darkest albums ever recorded by Astrud Gilberto – her 60s last session for Verve Records, and a batch of beautifully moody tunes throughout! Arrangements are by Albert Gorgoni, who'd handled Gilberto's previous September 69 album – but the style here is a bit mellower, a bit ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mexican stereo pressing with deep groove. Vinyl has a short click on "Trains & Boats & Planes" – for just a few rotations. Cover has a trace of a price sticker.)
One of Astrud Gilberto's greatest albums – and quite possibly our personal favorite! The record features beautifully understated arrangements by Joao Donato, Don Sebesky, and Claus Ogerman – and the instrumentation is a haunting mix of bossa rhythms with darker orchestrations that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bebel Gilberto —
Momento ... CD Ziriguiboom/Six Degrees, 2007. Used ...
Bebel Gilberto's certainly one to keep her public waiting in the space between each new record – but she always makes the wait worthwhile by coming up with something new! The sound here is again something different than her previous two albums – somewhat electric, but also fairly ... read moreCD
This is the original US pressing of an album that was later issued by Capitol under a different name. Given that Capitol had recently linked up with the ever-growing EMI corporation in the early 60s, it was able to take advantage of the global catalog of the music giant, and managed to dip pretty ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label mono pressing. Cover has a hype sticker.)
A rare Joao Gilberto session from 1970, recorded in Mexico – very unique in contrast to his other Brazilian sessions of the time! Joao's singing in his sweetest fragile voice, and accompanying himself on guitar – while, from time to time, light arrangements drift in and out of the ... read moreCD
A wonderful album of Joao Gilberto's early bossa tracks from Brazil – loaded up here with various numbers from other great Brazilian stars! The original album is one of the first few that Jobim ever recorded, and it's a masterpiece of understatement, recorded with arrangements by a young ... read moreCD
A very groovy record with a very fitting title – especially once you hear the lyrics of the tunes! The Girls From Bahia are actually the Quarteto Em Cy – one of the best harmony groups of the bossa era, and famous for classic recordings on the Elenco label – but working here in a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Gold label mono pressing. Cover has a small grommet.)