A beautiful jazzy album – with a mixture of guitar and voice that greatly recalls the best work of Joyce! The lovely Marlui plays guitar and sings lead vocals – in a voice that's a bit deeper than that of Joyce, but which also has her same sense of freedom and lyrical beauty. Backing ... read moreCD
A totally wonderful little soundtrack – Brazilian in origin, but with lots of the lush, warm tones we love in 70s Italian erotic scores too! The style is definitely Brazilian, though – and modes run from some of the cooler, larger arrangements you'd hear from Marcos Valle – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great early work from Brazilian saxophonist Hector Costita – a blend of jazz and bossa that's totally great – and a fair bit different than some of the other records of the time! The style here isn't just simple bossa with saxophone over the top – and instead, Hector changes ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lively samba from Almir Guineto – tracks recorded in 1982 for Copacabana Records, and packaged here as part of EMI's great roots of samba series! The set features 20 tracks in all – with titles that include "O Suburbano", "Saco Cheio", "Mordomia", "E ... read moreCD
Brazilian music in the 21st Century – great work from a scene that just keeps on growing in really fresh ways – amazing us with the dexterous combination of new ideas, sounds, and styles from the kinds of artists who are featured on this set! We've stocked a number of these artists on ... 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
Two killer slices of Brazilian funk! The instrumental "Miss Cheryl" is one of the trademark tunes of Banda Black Rio – a cut with these sharp, jazzy changes that are completely amazing – and which easily have BBR rivaling the sound of Earth Wind & Fire at their best! The ... (Funky 45's, Brazil)read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Banda Black Rio —
Maria Fumaca ... LP Atlantic/Mr Bongo (UK), 1977. New Copy (reissue)...
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
One of Flora Purim's 70s classics – an album recorded with that soaring breezy vocal style that she virtually invented – heard here before it got too old, and too copied by other singers! The set's a live one, filled with lots of energy – and recorded before a very enthusiastic ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Excellent American release from the brilliant Brazilian fusion outfit Azymuth. While occasionally they managed to get a bit complicated in their arrangements, the songs and groove never suffered for it, and the crisp modern production complements their tight sound nicely, with warm key washes and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very groovy batch of soul and pop tracks from Sergio, recorded with some nice smooth 70s arrangements, and nice jazzy production by Dave Grusin. The whole thing's got a very nice LA sound to it, and is a good adaptation of Sergio's pop Brazil sound to a more modern vibe. Sergio gets help from ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Laurindo Almeida & Bud Shank —
Brazilliance ... LP World Pacific, Early 50s. Very Good Gatefold ...
A landmark set of recordings cut for the Pacific Jazz label in the early 50s, and supposedly a major influence on the early bossa artists in Brazil! The tracks were cut by a quartet led by LA altoist Bud Shank, and featuring Brazilian guitarist Laurindo Almeida, who was living in LA at the time. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
Marku Ribas —
Samba ... CD Tratore (Brazil), 2016. Used ...
A great return to form from the legendary Marku Ribas – an artist we love for his Brazilian funky classics of the 70s – still sounding great after all these years! Marku's always had a very deep vocal approach – at the bottom end of the sonic spectrum, which not only makes for a ... read moreCD
Sergio Mendes —
Pele ... LP Atlantic, 1977. Very Good ...
Sergio Mendes' score to this film starring Pele from the height of his career. The music's got the range of sounds that you'd expect from a soundtrack – with some mellow cuts, and some more uptempo ones, but the mix is great, and the sound is nice and Braziliany, with some good electric ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring & edge wear, with fraying on the top seam.)
Unreleased live work from the tail end of Baden Powell's all-too-short life – recorded in Brussels in 1999, and featuring Powell in an unaccompanied solo setting throughout! The first half of the album is almost entirely instrumental – and has Baden hitting those moodier, more ... read moreCD
An album that bristles with soul and life from the very first note – one of a great run of 70s samba sets recorded by Xango Da Mangueira – all of them pretty darn great! This one's got all the right elements firmly in place – immediately catchy rhythms served up by simple ... read moreCD
(Part of the Brasilian Music Love Affair series!)
Candeia ... CD Equipe/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970. New Copy ...
Lovely samba work from Candeia – a singer with a voice that's richly expressive, but often without any effort at all – a laidback approach that's instantly compelling, laid over some lively old school arrangements! There's a bit of horns mixed in with the percussion and backing vocals ... read moreCD
A wonderful early groover from Brazilian keyboardist Celso Murilo – an artist who plays organ over samba rhythms here – in the same style as the legendary Walter Wanderley! Celso never got the kind of American fame that Wanderley did with his records on Verve – but the approach ... read moreCD
A key set in a great 70s run from Elza Soares – served up with a raspy charm in the vocals, and a nice sort of polish in the arrangements! There's a good balance here between mainstream samba and rootsier modes – Elza holding onto the latter with her heartfelt vocals, and getting a ... read moreCD
A record we'd love to know more about – because the sound and presentation is so amazing! The set brings a bossa vibe to a mixture of American jazz and soundtrack tunes – often folding two tracks into one performance, and couching the melodies in some fuller strings and lighter, lively ... read moreCD
One of the more obscure bossa jazz sets of the 60s – played by the lively little Samba Trio, a group who definitely live up to their name! Don't mix these guys up with the early 80s combo from Europe – as this group plays with a hard-edge groove that's heavy on romping piano lines and ... read moreCD
Sweet funk from 70s Brazil – a totally great album from drummer Ronnie – aka Ronald Mesquita, the percussive force behind the Bossa Tres combo! This album's got a smoother groove than their records – great use of Fender Rhodes, gliding alongside sweet samba soul arrangements ... read moreCD
Warmly jazzy magic from Joyce – a set that's based around the songs of Dorival Caymmi – which she recorded at the insistence of Nana Caymmi – yet an album that's all completely Joyce's own as well! The setting here is perfect – Joyce on vocals and guitar, with Tutty Moreno ... 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
Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 —
Ye-Me-Le ... LP A&M, 1969. Very Good ...
Way past the hits, and into some really great territory – a move that makes the record one of our favorite Sergio Mendes sets for A&M! The sweeter bossa pop style here is undercut with a bit more influence from late 60s Brazilian grooves – some of the more baroque turns that Sergio' ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album