Cannonball Adderley recorded this nice little groover in 1962, when American musicans were just getting on the bossa tip, and still keeping things pretty authentic. The record was cut in New York with Sergio Mendes' early Bossa Rio group – the legendary Brazilian jazz ensemble that featured ... (Jazz, Brazil)read moreCD
Antonio Adolfo, Brazil & Brazuca —
Destiny ... CD Far Out (UK), 2007. New Copy ...
The return of a legend – and a tremendously groovy little record! Brazilian keyboardist/composer Antonio Adolfo's been making records for years – but easily his greatest albums were those cut at the end of the 60s with his Brazuka group – a cool combination of funky rhythms, ... read moreCD
Bele ... CD Dubas (Brazil), 2006. Used ...
One of Airto's best albums ever – and one that we never tire of hearing! There's a sublime quality here that steps perfectly right off of the percussionist's groundbreaking work with Quarteto Novo! Airto's joined on this set by Hermeto Pascoal – also from the Quarteto Novo group ... read moreCD
A later live set from the legendary Brazilian duo of Flora Purim on vocals and Airto on percussion – but a set that's every bit as strong as some of the best work they cut together in the 70s! The vibe here is nice and lean – as the group's just a quintet, with Gary Meek on tenor, ... read moreCD
A Johnny Alf triple-header – 3 different albums in a single box! First up is Johnny Alf Por Seus Amigos – a set that has Johnny working with a host of different Brazilian singers and musicians – all artists who've been inspired by his decades of work, or who've been musical ... read moreCD
A great recent live set by one of the founding fathers of bossa nova! Alf actually predated most of the bossa stars, and began his career as a romantic singer/pianist in the 50s – but the strength of his body of work has always been his bossa compositions, many of which are nicely reprised ... read moreCD
Bossa vocalist Johnny Alf and pianist Leandro Braga run through a modern set of interpretations of songs written by the legendary Brazilian composer Noel Rosa. The set has the usual sparkle and polish of other Lumiar sessions, with a sound that's spare and tinted with a lot of modern jazz ... read moreCD
Guitarist Laurindo Almeida returns to a bit of his roots here – but he also shows off a lot of the jazz experience he's picked up along the way! The album features Almeida working solo on acoustic guitar – although possibly overdubbed alongside himself at times – and while the ... (Jazz, Brazil)read moreCD
Bossa guitar, dreamy orchestrations, and a wonderful American take on the Brazilian sound of the 60s – served up with sparkling Capitol Records production in a set that's easily one of the greatest by guitarist Laurindo Almeida! Almeida's guitar is matched here with some lightly jazzy ... (Now Sound, Brazil)read moreCD
Warm, jazzy, and with plenty of the bossa nova promised in the title – a record that's not to be confused with Leny's singular Bossa Nova album from a few years before, because this is a pluralized set from the late 90s! Roberto Menescal's on board to direct the music – and gives the ... read moreCD
Beautiful bossa – and one of Leny Andrade's best albums! The record was recorded way back in 1965, when Leny was starting her career, years before she went onto become one of Brazil's most famous jazz singers. She's working here with Deodato, who did a beautiful set of jazzy arrangements ... read moreCD
Leny Andrade's singing here with strong piano accompaniment from the legendary Cesar Camargo Mariano – in an intimate live setting that mixes equal parts bossa and jazz, all coming through with a nice sense of clarity! The spareness of the set makes for a nice change from some of Leny's ... read moreCD
An upbeat groover from 60s Brazil – a highly percussive album that features work by Wilson Das Neves and Rubens Bassini – plus some excellent chorus vocals too! The whole thing's maybe a bit more of a hard-driving example of the Brazilian harmony mode heard from bigger groups like ... 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
Lovely acoustic guitar duets by these two brothers, featuring a mix of slightly classical material, and more popular oriented stuff. Includes Egberto Gismonti's "Frevo" and "Baio Malandro", Hermeto Pascoal's "Serie De Arco", Radames Gnattali's "Pixinguinha" ... 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
Sublimely soulful work from Azymuth – 2 albums back to back on a single CD! Cascades is fantastic fusion from a group who just couldn't miss during these early 80s California years! The sound here is smooth, but never slick – always a little offbeat, and quite different from more ... read moreCD
Subtle magic from Azymuth – two mid 80s albums, back to back on a single CD! First up is Flame, a set that nicely lives up to its title – and which shows the strengths the trio picked up during their years in the US! The sound here is round and soulful – a great fusion of the ... read moreCD
A fantastically hard bossa nova jam led by the legendary Milton Banana – a man not only known as Joao Gilberto's favorite drummer, but also as one of the architects of bossa nova drumming and percussion! The album is full of non-stop drums and piano grooves, and it's a mostly uptempo treat ... read moreCD
Sublime bossa jazz from one of the greatest combos on the Brazilian scene of the 60s – the crackling trio led by drummer Milton Banana, a really tremendous player no matter what the setting! The album bristles with energy from the very first note – virtually a blueprint for the sound ... read moreCD
A brilliant new vision for the legendary Banda Black Rio – the pioneering samba, soul and funk combo that broke so much ground in the 70s and remain vital to this day – led here by William Magalhaes, in a mode that celebrates decades of the best Brazilian music, while fearlessly moving ... read moreCD
One of the most striking recent Brazilian albums we've heard in years – a 6 track ep from a group with a really tremendous sound! The approach is spare and stripped down – heavy percussion with rocking and funky guitars – sometimes influenced by American rhythms, but often ... read moreCD
An amazing record – one we'd easily rank right up there with some of our favorite 60s albums from Brazil – including work by Baden Powell or Elis Regina! This session has echoes of the best of both of those artists, but also predates their key moments too – a groundbreaking ... read moreCD
(Special limited CD – pressed up for us by the Smithsonian Folkways label. Comes with original cover artwork, and the CD also features a PDF file with the original liner notes and other materials from the original record release.)
Fantastic rhythms from percussionist Rubens Bassini – a set that has all the raw live energy of a Latin jazz jam session, but which also carries some of the sweet touches of the bossa nova scene in Brazil – a really wonderful mixing of modes that makes the album a gem all the way ... read moreCD
A fantastically soulful album from Jorge Ben – one of his greatest records ever, and a key part of Brazilian music in the 70s! The album marks an earthier shift for Jorge – a sound that's still rooted in the samba influences of the 60s, but which also takes on a bit more soul at the ... read moreCD
Jose Roberto Bertrami & His Modern Sound —
Aventura ... CD Far Out (UK), 2009. New Copy ...
A different groove than usual for Jose Roberto Bertrami – and a record that definitely lives up to the promise of its title! Bertrami's really broken free from the regular Azymuth groove on this set – much more so than on some of his recent solo albums – playing here with a vibe ... read moreCD
Maria Bethania —
25 Anos ... CD Universal (Japan), 1990. New Copy ...
A beautiful tribute to 25 years in Brazilian music by Maria Bethania – and a record that's easily one of her greatest efforts from later years! The album's something of an all-star effort – with guest vocals from Nina Simone, Joao Gilberto, Gal Costa, and others – and tremendous ... read moreCD
Maria Bethania —
Alibi ... CD Universal (Japan), 1978. New Copy ...
Strong work by Maria Bethania from the late 70s – a session that has her tightening up her sound a bit more than before, but without any loss of her sense of drama or emotion! The album was recorded with a number of different musical backgrounds, including many small group settings with ... read moreCD
A set of compositions penned by Roberto and Erasmo Carlos – sung by Maria Bethania in a warmly personal setting! The style here gets away from any of the too-romantic qualities that can sometimes mar presentation of the Carlos' brothers work – and instead, Bethania uses her innate ... read moreCD
Maria Bethania —
Maria ... CD Kardum (France), 1988. Used ...
One of Maria Bethania's great collaborations with arranger Jaime Alem – an artist we loved as part of the team of Jaime & Nair back in the 70s, and who's really helping Bethania find some deeper space here in the middle years of her career! At a time when Maria had moved into some of the ... read moreCD
Alexia Bomtempo —
Suspiro ... CD Ropeadope, 2021. New Copy ...
A set recorded in Brooklyn, but one with plenty of Brazilian spirit in the music – served up in a mix of English and Portuguese lyrics, with a breathy sort of charm that really takes us back to the 60s! The album's more jazz vocals than bossa nova, but definitely has some of the latter ... read moreCD
Ari Borger —
AB4 ... CD ST2 (Brazil), 2008. Used ...
Cool keyboards from Ari Borger – a Brazilian jazz player, but one who's steeped in American soul jazz sounds of the 60s! The album's a bit more jazz than keyboard funk, but it's still pretty funky too – especially on some of the numbers that pick up the groove with some distinct mod ... (Jazz, Brazil)read moreCD
Lo Borges —
Dinamo ... CD Deck Disk (Brazil), 2020. New Copy ...
A really fantastic album from the great Lo Borges – and proof of that long-running adage about Brazilian singers – they never falter as they age, and most seem to be able to hold onto all that made them great in the first place – at a level that's very different from artists on ... read moreCD
The great Lo Borges first rose to fame as part of Milton Nascimento's corner club in the early 70s – and damn, if he doesn't still sound great after all of these years – maybe even more true to his roots than Milton in more recent recordings! Lo's got a hell of a way with a tune, and ... read moreCD
Bossa 4 —
Repeteco ... CD Equipe/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1968. New Copy ...
An obscure bossa combo, but a great one too – featured here on a rare 60s album for the Equipe label, which was also home to some of Dedoato's earliest work! The feel here is a bit like some of those better-known records – with organ lines stepping out over some lively samba and bossa ... read moreCD
The first album in many years from Robertinho Brant – and a really evocative little set, one that more than lives up to its title! There's definitely a soundtrack sort of quality to the tunes, even though most of them are vocal numbers – and they work like little snapshots of life, put ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Victor Assis Brasil —
Trajeto ... CD Equipe/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1967. New Copy ...
A wonderful early album from Victor Assis Brasil – one of Brazil's greatest saxophone players of the 60s and 70s, and an artist with a keen post-Coltrane approach to his work! The album's awash in modally grooving numbers that would have made Coltrane proud – soulfully swinging tunes ... read moreCD
Surprisingly catchy batch of modern funky Brazilian tracks from Carlinhos Brown, set off on what appears to be an incredibly well-reviewed solo career, after working with the group Timbalada. The session was produced by Marisa Monte, and it's got a nice mix of funky stylings, Brazilian rhythms, ... read moreCD
A fantastic live follow-up to the Caravanas album by Chico Buarque – and done at a similar level that shows that Chico's lost none of his charms as the years go by! The set's got the man upfront, singing and playing acoustic guitar – with a combo behind him, kicking up the rhythms in a ... read moreCD
Erasmo Carlos sounds even cooler here than usual – still working with tunes penned with his brother Roberto – but also taking on music by Caetano Veloso, Jorge Ben, and Marcos Valle too! There's a heady undercurrent to the record that's maybe a filtering-through of an earlier ... read moreCD
A seminal set from Erasmo Carlos – a record that has him stepping past the simpler rock modes of his youth, and really embracing some of the great changes going on in Brazilian music at the start of the 70s! These changes aren't just the expected psych modes, but also some of the more lofty, ... read moreCD
A record filled with cover images that run from Richard Nixon to Elvis Presley, to Mick Jagger, Caetano Veloso, Chairman Mao, Jorge Ben, Jimi Hendrix, and Andy Warhol – and a set whose sound definitely seems to live up to such heady company from the 20th century! Erasmo Carlos is at his ... read moreCD
Fantastic early work from Beth Carvalho – exactly the kind of record that made her one of the greatest female samba singers in the 70s! Beth holds this tiny guitar on the cover, and plays the instrument beautifully alongside her vocals – which have this sense of majesty right from the ... read moreCD
A real 70s gem from the legendary Beth Carvalo – a samba singer with a sound that's always stronger than we'd guess from the cover! Beth has this real depth to her vocals that grabs us right away – a soulful quality that comes through especially well in this setting – as Carvalho ... read moreCD
A rare bossa treasure from the early years of the genre – a wicked session that features instrumentation by Oscar Castro Neves, and vocals by a host of different singers! The set's half vocal, half instrumental – and the latter feature some great sounds from Oscar's combo – a ... read moreCD
Filipe Catto —
Folego ... CD Universal (Brazil), 2011. Used ...
(Out of print.)
Joao Cavalcanti —
Placebo ... CD Warner (Brazil), 2012. Used ...
(Out of print.)
Leo Cavalcanti —
Religar ... CD Dele Dela/Traquitana (Brazil), 2010. Used ...
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 moreCD
Apka ... CD Six Degrees, 2020. New Copy ...
Ceu seems to be an even stronger singer here than before – still able to drift in and out of an easygoing rhythm when she wants, but also more suited to take on tunes with a more soulful vibe – which includes a number of standout tunes that really make the record shine! There's still ... read moreCD
Ceu ... CD Six Degrees, 2006. Used ...
Another feather in the Six Degrees cap – and like the rest of their Brazilian music repertoire, an artist who seems bent on breaking down boundaries – both in styles and generations! Ceu's got the same "old is new" feeling as some of the label's other work in recent years ... read moreCD
The two faces of Juca Chaves – one a witty samba singer, the other a straighter vocalist – served up here in a strong split album from the 60s! Side one features "satiras" – tunes that often have Juca's vocals cutting sharply alongside percussion, guitar, and some nice ... read moreCD
Chie's got kind of a washed-out look on the cover of this one, but the album's a warmly glowing little set – filled with gentle bossa colors, and sung with a light and lovely feel! There's a great Japan-meets-Brazil feel to the record – one that's put together from some well-crafted ... read moreCD