Massively heavy sounds from A Bolha – a Brazilian group who were previously known as The Bubbles, and backed up Gal Costa during the Tropicalia years – but who work here in a fuzzy, bassy groove that's totally great – definitely an heir to the headier sounds of the UK scene at the ... (Rock, Brazil)read moreCD
Jazz versions of classics by Antonio Carlos Jobim – all done by a group arranged and directed by guitarist Mario Adnet, and featuring guest work from Joyce, Helio Delmiro, Romero Lumbambo, and others! The sound here is really fresh – not merely just a reworking of Jobim's original ... read moreCD
(Case has some light edgewear & a punch through digipack barcode.)
This great Brazilian funky samba team offer up a nicely re-recorded batch of 20 of their best tracks ever! The quality of the work is very good, with nice spare production that allows plenty of room for the duo's choppy guitar work, and their deeply soulful vocals. It's a shame that none of these ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Arnaldo Antunes —
Qualquer ... CD Biscoito Fino (Brazil), 2006. Used ...
An amazing set from MPB poet Arnaldo Antunes – possibly his greatest record to date, and one that's done in a deeply introspective style that's really great! The instrumentation here has this sometimes-spacey feel – not cosmic, but almost ethereal – in ways that are still pointed ... read moreCD
Always-great work from Azymuth – one of the few combos who never get stale, no matter how long they keep on grooving! The album's titled after the Herbie Hancock classic "Butterfly" – and it's put together with a sublime quality that really stretches back to the best styles ... read moreCD
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
Mindblowing work from the early years of Schema Records – a set that really helped set a whole new tone for a generation – and which still sounds wonderful all these many hears later! Balanco work up a perfect blend of bossa rhythms and soulful jazz – all wrapped up with the kind ... (New Grooves, Brazil)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
(Out of print, includes slipcase.)
Arnaldo Baptista —
Loki ... CD Polygram (Brazil), 1974. Used ...
A freaky little solo album by Arnaldo Baptista of Os Mutantes – a set that's every bit as wild as you might guess from the cover! The album was recorded right after the first few classics by Os Mutantes – in 1974 – and Baptista wrote all of the songs, except for one, which lists ... read moreCD
Amazing stuff! Jorge Ben never made a bad record in the 60s – and this is one of his best! The album's filled with tight jaunty numbers that mix big band samba arrangements with quickly strummed guitar, and Jorge's wonderfully raw vocals – all classic stuff for Jorge, but a style that ... read moreCD
Smooth soulful work from Jorge – not as funky as his 70s albums, but still a great little record! The album's got a nicely compressed take on his samba soul sound, done in an 80s groove mode, which means that there's more keyboards and electric percussion than before, but still an adherence ... read moreCD
A fantastic early album from Jorge Ben – and one that's also a bit obscure, given that it was one of the few that he didn't cut for Philips Records during the first decade of his career! The album's one of Jorge's most upbeat, most lively – with the kind of ebullient mix of samba and ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
A loungey album of vocals from this obscure Brazilian vocalist – and very much what you'd expect from the sexy cover! Norma's an emotive singer, playfully working her way through a number of tracks in Portuguese, plus some American standards from the 50s and 60s – all set to a slightly ... read moreCD
(Out of print Brazilian pressing – includes Odeon obi.)
One of Maria Bethania's first albums, and a beautiful set of live recordings – with a vibe that's a lot more uptempo and swinging than some of her later work! The style here almost has traces of bossa – a lighter, groovier feel at times than some of the more emotive modes that Bethania ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Brasilia Modern Six —
Estreia ... CD BMG (Japan), 1969. Used ...
Groovy vocal pop from Brazil – an unusual group with a mellow harmony sound – one gal and five guys, gently singing together over some light arrangements of American and Brazilian pop tunes! The style of the record is different than work by other Brazilian harmony combos of the 60s ... read moreCD
Chico Buarque's fourth album – a mainstream Brazilian success at the time, but a record that's still as great as any of the more experimental sides from the time! Buarque has a sense of timing and charm here that are undeniable – an approach to the music that's aware of all the ... read moreCD
If you've ever been wondering which album to get by Chico Buarque – this is it! The record's a stunning batch of sophisticated sides, done in collaboration with Roberto Menescal, and with help from Jobim and MPB4! The album builds on the style of Buarque's excellent late 60s songwriting, ... read moreCD
(Note: the CD has a few slight dips in sound at times, very brief and nothing major – and this is an issue with the original mastering of the record. Out of print, 1993 pressing.)
A fantastic soundtrack recorded in the immediate post-Tropicalia years – featuring some of the best early 70s work by Chico Buarque, Nara Leao, Maria Bethania, and others! The cover has a mad image with Buarque, Leao, and Bethania in top hats and shiny uniforms – and the music follows ... read moreCD
An obscure batch of jazzy samba tracks from Nonato Buzar – an overlooked talent who's one of Brazil's best soul samba artists of the 70s! The record's got a really strong presentation style – Nonato's guitar is upfront in the mix, and he sings lead vocals on most cuts, augmented by ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Vinicius Cantuaria —
Silva ... CD Hannibal, 2005. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Sweet bossa with plenty of jazzy touches – and easily one of the greatest albums so far by Vinicius Cantuaria! The set's got a simple, honest approach that reminds us a lot of Joao Gilberto's 70s work – with Vincius' vocals and acoustic guitar very upfront in the mix. Yet there's also ... 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
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
A great little Brazilian group from the 70s – one who continues the harmony styles of Sergio Mendes in the 60s, but takes the music into some groovy new directions! The sounds here are more samba than bossa – with guitar and percussion dancing nicely together in the rhythms as group ... read moreCD
(Out of print, Japanese digipack pressing – in great shape with obi!)
11 tracks in all, including "CSS Suxxx", "Patins", "Alala", "Let's Make Love & Listen to Death From Above", "Art B!tch", "Meeting Paris Hilton", "Off The Hook", "Alcohol", "Music Is My Hot, Hot Sex", and ... (Rock, Brazil)read moreCD
Genius work from Max De Castro – one of our favorite talents on the current Brazilian scene, and an artist who never fails to grab our attention! Max is light years ahead of most of his contemporaries on this set – working in an effortless blend of styles that builds on a Brazilian ... 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
Funky keyboards galore – and one of the greatest records ever from this legendary Brazilian jazz talent! The album follows nicely off Deodato's Prelude classic for CTI – and like that one, this set's built on long-flowing tunes that rise and fall with a wonderful sense of rhythm – ... (Jazz, Brazil)read moreCD
(Out of print, 2013 Blu-spec CD pressing – includes obi!)
Early bossa magic from Deodato – cut years before his electric fusion albums in the 70s! This little gem shows Deodato to be quite the arranger – working in a small combo mode that mixes percussion, guitars, and horns with his own sweet piano and organ licks – grooving in a ... read moreCD
(Out of print, includes obi. Tray card has very minor rippling along one edge.)
An incredible record by DJ Patife – far more subtle and soulful than any of his previous efforts, and way much more than just his initial Brazilian take on drum n bass! The sound here easily matches the spirit of the best soulful work on Trama – and the album's done with the depth and ... read moreCD
An excellent set by the same group that served up the Moreno Veloso album Musical Typewriter – led here by drummer Domenico, but featuring Moreno on vocals and other instrumentation, plus the mighty Kassin – who really emerges here as one of the freshest talents in Brazilian music for ... read moreCD
Some of the earliest work ever recorded by Joao Donato – pre-bossa tunes with a jazzy dancing groove! The style here mixes together swinging jazz with other elements of Brazilian rhythms – percussion grooving with piano, accordion, and some very nice work on clarinet – jazzy and ... read moreCD
Really great work from this up and coming Brazilian beatmaker – and a record that really lives up to the promise of its title! The style here is heavy on African influences – often mixing together live percussion and acoustic instrumentation with tighter rhythm programs and ... read moreCD
A gem of a record from the same Pernambuco early 70s scene that gave us Lula Cortes, Ze Ramalho, Geraldo Azevedo, and Alceu Valenca! This obscure little set has lots of the earthier tones that showed up in work by the above artists – a style that mixes folksy touches with bits of psychedelia ... read moreCD
One of the best of the Stan Getz bossa nova sessions – and a record that features the great Laurindo Almeida on guitar – playing with more virtuosity than either Charlie Byrd or Joao Gilberto did on their collaborations with Getz! The record's got a driving rhythm section, with lots of ... (Jazz, Brazil)read moreCD
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
An incredible bit of soundtrack work by Gilberto Gil – and one of his best albums! The record was originally recorded to accompany the work of director Rogerio Szanzerla, and it's a wonderful mix of samba, jazz, and post-Tropicalia psychedelia – all recorded in a warm intimate style ... read moreCD
A rare British recording from Gilberto Gil – sung completely in English, and recorded while living in London, in political exile along with Caetano Veloso! The album's somewhat similar to Veloso's famous London album from 1971 – certainly in structure, as the backings are relatively ... read moreCD
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
A collection of two albums that Joao Gilberto did for Warner Brothers in the late 70s/early 80s. Amoroso is some pretty sweet stuff from Joao Gilberto – featuring a core jazz combo playing along with a larger set of arrangements, in a manner that's similar to some of Jobim's work from the ... read moreCD
Spare European work from Egberto Gismonti – a set that's different than his fuller earlier work from Brazil, but still pretty compelling overall! Gismonti's playing here with a group of familiar ECM artists – mixing his own piano, guitar, and percussion lines with soprano sax from Jan ... read moreCD
Egberto Gismonti —
Solo ... CD ECM, 1979. Used ...
Sublime early work by Luiz Gonzaga Jr – a wonderful blend of his rootsy vocals with some of the more complicated arranging styles that were creeping into Brazilian music at the time! The album features Luiz's landmark groover "Moleque" – a lightly dancing tune with a great ... read moreCD
(Remastered, Odeon Classicos pressing – includes Brazilian obi.)
A wonderful bit of Brazilian soul – featuring vocals by Eli Goulart, a great singer with a style that reminds us a bit of Jon Lucien, touched with modes of some of the samba soul 70s generation! The album was recorded in Germany – but has jazzy backings that are perfectly in the mode ... (New Grooves, Brazil)read moreCD
Possibly the best album ever by this excellent Brazilian percussive combo! The record begins the groove where the group's other albums started – by taking hard batucada rhythms, and tight samba grooves – but it also adds in a bit tighter production, and shows a marked commitment to ... read moreCD
Far Out does it again! This cool modern samba recording not only brings together the talents of Dom Um Romao, Wilson Das Neves, and Mamao – it also splices in cool live recordings and commentary from Brazilian football games! The whole thing's a joyous romp through funky samba and batucada ... read moreCD
The rhythms of Grupo Batuque are remixed, reworked, and remade by a host of today's best producers and DJs – who take the complicated percussion grooves and forge them into a host of styles just right for the 21st Century dancefloor! The sound here is quite different from other Grupo Batuque ... read moreCD
A real 70s classic from singer/songwriter Francis Hime – a record we'd rank right up there with the best work by contemporaries like Milton Nascimento or Lo Borges! As with both of those singers, the style here is often complicated at the base, but nicely compressed in its presentation ... read moreCD
One of the greatest albums ever from Toninho Horta – a set that's head and shoulders above most of his later work, and a record that we'd easily rank right up there with the best 70s albums from Milton Nascimento or Lo Borges! Like both of those artists, Toninho works here in a spacious, ... read moreCD
Fantastic work by this underdiscovered Brazilian talent! Hyldon was part of the 70s Brazilian soul and funk generation that included Tim Maia, Cassiano, and Toni Tornado – but he'd also absorbed a lot of the singer/songwriter influences of Caetano Veloso, who's laidback mid 70s style will ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Immigrant's Bossa Band —
Message ... CD DIW (Japan), 2007. Used ...
Beautiful tunes from the Immigrant's Bossa Band – a Japanese combo with a distinct ear for a Brazilian groove! The style here is a warm blend of jazz and samba – performed with a relatively lively approach throughout, and less of the too-polished, or too-sleepy styles that sometimes ... read moreCD
(Out of print, includes obi.)
Antonio Carlos Jobim —
Wave ... CD CTI/A&M, 1967. Used ...
A stunning mix of talents that brings the heavenly piano and guitar of Antonio Carlos Jobim into play with the lush, but light arrangements of Claus Ogerman – a swirling mix of post-bossa loveliness that redefines Jobim's sound, and opens up new avenues for exploration in sound! The ... read moreCD
Very early recordings of work penned by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Luiz Bonfa – nearly all of which predate their more familiar sides from the first years of bossa nova! The dates for these recordings are mostly between 1953 and 1956 – and they show a very early version of the bossa, one ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Tudo ... CD Far Out (UK), 2012. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Pure brilliance from the lovely Joyce – an album that sparkles wonderfully throughout – in just the way we love from her older classics! The passage of years hasn't dimmed her beauty at all – and both Joyce's vocals and acoustic guitar work are sublime – lively, but in a ... read moreCD
A relatively mellow vocal outing from Ithamara Koorax – a voice that was introduced to us from her appearances on some groovy Brazilian dancefloor tunes, including some of those from Dom Um Romao's albums! The style here is quite different – very laidback, and in the ballad mode you'd ... (Vocalists, Brazil)read moreCD
(Out of print, punch through barcode and promotional stamp on CD.)
Two 70s classics by Ivan Lins – back to back on one CD! Somos Todos is very much in Lins' classic style of the 70s, and performed with some great accompaniment by keyboardist Gilson Peranzzetta! The record's got a warm intimate feel that works great with Lins' heartfelt compositions – ... read moreCD
The first (and maybe only) American release by one of the greatest Brazilian singer/songwriters of the sixties – and a record that's quite different than any Sergio Mendes work of the time, despite Sergio's name in the title! The vibe is like Lobo's best of Brazil from the late 60s – a ... read moreCD
A killer set that really lives up to the Samba Soul promised in the title – recorded recently by Marcio Local, but done with a solid 70s groove that takes us back to the Jorge Ben generation! The production here is perfect – never too polished, and always with a bit of grit in the ... read moreCD
A brilliant debut from Brazilian singer Glauco Lourenco – an artist who dedicates his first album to Joni Mitchell, but who's got a really rich sound that's all his own! Like Mitchell, Lourenco definitely has a lot of jazz in his ears – but he's also got a beautifully personal way of ... read moreCD
An amazing early effort from Brazilian soul hero Tim Maia – one of his greatest ever! Even at this early point in his career, Maia had a fantastically soulful feel in his voice – steeped in influences from American soul greats of the 60s, and recorded here with some great arrangements ... read moreCD
Marcela Mangabeira —
Simples ... CD Albatroz/Points South, 2008. Used ...
Laidback and charming modern bossa pop from Marcela Mangabeira – a set with warmth to spare, and very pretty vocals from Marcela! The backdrop is light and a little bit jazzy, with electronics giving it a modern feel without undercutting the bossa melodies. Marcela's does her lovely best on ... read moreCD
Marcelo's not lying with the title to this one – as the record bristles with a lot more Brazilian influences than some of his previous work – a brilliant blend of the classic and the modern, served up with plenty of hip hop touches! But while certainly in the hip hop camp, Marcelo's ... (New Grooves, Brazil)read moreCD
A great return to form for Sergio Mendes – a set that's possibly his most Brazilian-styled album in more than a decade – and one that's done in that great blend of Brazil and soul that Mendes was doing so well back in the early 70s! There's plenty of Portuguese lyrics here – no ... read moreCD
A great late bossa album – one of the EMI/Odeon gems from the lovely Doris Monteiro! Doris has always been one of our favorite late bossa singers, and she's very nicely paired here with Miltinho – in a sometimes duet/sometimes solo style that resembles that used on the Elis Regina/Jair ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Vinicius De Moraes & Toquinho —
Clasico/03 ... CD Universal (Argentina), 1970s. Used ...
A beautiful collaboration – featuring these sublime readings of the music of Michel Legrand – arranged by the maestro himself, and featuring a mix of Brazilian jazz styles in the instrumentation! The vocal readings are wonderful – both artists sing, and really get to the heart of ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
The first full length set from a group we love for their earlier singles on Comet Records – and who step out here with a well-crafted approach to dancefloor Brazilian! Nutropic have a soulful sensibility that goes way beyond simple bossa remix tricks – a style that balances Brazilian ... (New Grooves, Brazil)read moreCD
Mauricio Oliveira —
Registro ... CD Trilhos (Brazil), 2005. Used ...
A lovely new talent from Brazil – the sweetly soulful Mauricio Oliveira, a great singer with a style that really builds on the recent work from the Trama generation! Mauricio's got an approach that's a bit lighter than some of his contemporaries – more traditional in instrumentation, ... read moreCD
Early early work from Os Cariocas – and an album that may well feature some of their greatest vocals on record! The style here is somehow a bit more complicated than other albums by the group – sometimes quite fluid and inventive, showing a real inspiration from the American vocal ... read moreCD
One of the most legendary groups from the bossa era in Brazil – a combo of incredible players, working with sublime arrangements by Eumir Deodato – all in a sound that hardly been matched again! The group only ever recorded two albums, but they've had a lasting impact on the sound of ... read moreCD
Samba is their gift – and we're all that much richer for it! Os Ipanemas return here in one of their best albums so far – a beautiful blend of earthy percussion, samba rhythms, and just a bit of bossa jazz – put together with a style that's personal and spontaneous, recorded ... read moreCD
Although there's been a few "best of" collections out already by this legendary Brazilian rock group – this volume still stands as the most nicely-selected batch of tracks, and it comes complete with great liner notes that help you really navigate and understand their music. There's ... read moreCD
(Out of print, promotional stamp on booklet cover.)
The second set of madness from the legendary Os Mutantes – and like the first, an album done in close collaboration with arranger/producer Rogerio Duprat, whose talents add a new level of genius to the record! The album's got a compelling mix of styles that strikes out on the very first tune ... read moreCD
A mad batch of tunes that are a perfect example of the "pilantragem" (piracy) movement in Brazil at the end of the 60s! Similar to some of the pluralistic cultural influences running through Tropicalia, pilantragem borrows music from a world of different sources – working in a ... read moreCD
Great stuff! This is Soul Jazz's compilation of the beautiful music of the Brazilian percussionist Papete. The work here spans a wide range of styles, but like all the Soul Jazz comps, it's put together in a fantastic way that spins and swirls through an amazing mix of music. Some cuts have a ... read moreCD
Warm and wonderful samba work from Oswaldo Pereira – a set of simple elegance, with a beautifully subtle groove! The sound here is often quite stripped-down and straightforward – Oswaldo on guitar and vocals, with light backing on bass and percussion, plus some occasional flute and sax ... read moreCD
Fernando Porto's very much at the top of her groove here – stepping out with the same sort of hip rhythms and electric elements that made us love her early work on Trama Records! Porto's way more than just another Brazilian female singer – as she definitely digs a wide variety of 21st ... read moreCD
An early example of the genius of Baden Powell in Europe – a record that helped the bossa guitarist break out of his usual Brazilian bag, and expand his sound a bit with appreciative influences from the Parisian scene! The record still has Powell working in the style of his early work in ... read moreCD
Pure vocal magic – featuring the lovely Flora Purim at the height of her California powers – working in a sublime mix of jazz, fusion, and Brazilian rhythms – a sound that she virtually invented! The group on the set is one of her greatest of the time – with players that ... read moreCD
A very cool Brazilian combo – one who offer up some wonderfully fresh interpretations of work by the great Moacir Santos! Santos is one of our favorite Brazilian talents from the 60s and 70s – an artist who really broke free of basic bossa conventions, and instead created complicated ... read moreCD
Elis Regina & Antonio Carlos Jobim —
Elis & Tom ... CD Philips/Verve, 1974. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
An incredible album – and a landmark session that showed that the bossa nova was still alive and well in the 1970s! The album pairs the breathy jazz vocals of Elis Regina with the booze-soaked warmth of Antonio Carlos Jobim – in a set of spare arrangements that feature a lot of touches ... read moreCD
Beautiful stuff! Reminiscence Quartet were one of the first modern groups to mix Brazilian music and more progressive dancefloor rhythms, and they transformed the sound of mid 90s acid jazz with their great warm jazzy grooves! This new release appears to be a compilation of sorts – although ... (New Grooves, Brazil)read moreCD
Pery Ribeiro & Bossa Tres —
Encontro ... CD EMI (Brazil), 1966. Used ...
One of Brazil's greatest vocalists meets one of its hippest bossa combos! Pery Ribeiro was a singer with a pre-bossa style, but during the 60s, he really managed to pick up on the new mode of music – and turn his more romantic vocals into a sweetly grooving style that really worked with with ... read moreCD
A brilliant record right from the very first note! This amazing first album by the Rio 65 Trio is a solid gem all the way through – a magical moment in the recording studio, and a record that forever changed the face of bossa! The trio features piano work by jazz legend Dom Salvador – ... read moreCD
A killer set of grooves recorded live by this legendary Brazilian guitarist – and a record of his that we've always sold extremely well over the years! The setting is a stripped down stage at the Monterey Jazz Festival – where Sete grooves in an open-ended fashion with only bass and ... read moreCD