A lovely collection of some of Astrud Gilberto's sweetest work for Verve – some of the warmer, mellower tunes she recorded in the 60s – back when she was the undisputed queen of the bossa scene! The set features a dozen tracks pulled from her classic Verve albums – featuring ... read moreCD
A fantastic live set from Caetano Veloso – done in a very spare style, like some of his best work of the time! The album's a great return to basics after use of a rock band on some of Veloso's previous records – and features just Caetano's magical vocals with solo guitar backing – ... read moreCD
A beautiful dreamy album that's quite different from the classic Getz/Gilberto collaboration – but which also shares much of that set's lyrical beauty! This album was recorded live, in 1964, when Stan Getz was playing with his quartet that included Gary Burton on vibes – an incredible ... (Jazz, Brazil)read moreCD
Beautiful work from Brazilian mandolin player Hamilton De Holanda – working here on a 10-stringed version of his instrument, in a sound that's warmly emotive and filled with imagination! The overall groove is quite gentle – but Hamilton's strings leap out with soaring energy on the ... read moreCD
Hamilton De Holanda —
Intimo ... CD Adventure Music, 2007. Used ...
Solo mandolin work by Hamilton De Holanda – played very much in the spare mode you might guess from the title – but often with a bit more dynamic energy than you might expect! Hamilton really has a great range of sound from his instrument – drawing on the Brazilian tradition of ... read moreCD
Lovely work from guitarist Marcos Amorim – light, lyrical, and filled with gentle dips and turns – a really great blend of Brazilian and American acoustic sensibilities! The music's not exactly jazz, yet has plenty of jazzy inflections – and the overall sound is warm and laidback ... read moreCD
A tremendous little record from Philippe Baden Powell – son of the great Brazilian guitarist, and a musician who's set to impress us as much as his father! Philippe's working here in a mode that's no copycat of his famous father at all – on piano, first of all, and with a style that's ... read moreCD
A new record by the legendary Sergio Mendes – bursting into the 21st century on a catchy wave of Will I Am production – reworking gems from the Brazilian songbook and more with guest appearances by Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, Q-Tip, India Arie, Black Thought, Chali 2Na, Marcelo D2, John ... read moreCD
Ivan Lins —
Millennium ... CD Mercury/Polygram (Brazil), 1980s/Early 90s. Used ...
A weird little set of bossa grooves – one with an obscure origin, but a great sound overall! The album features singer Claudio Meranda, working here with an unnamed group – and the session was produced by Jack Millman, who we know as a west coast jazz talent – although due to the ... read moreCD
Gilberto Gil's working here not as the main artist, but as the songwriter – the very special talent around which this excellent set of recordings is based! The package is one of our favorite in the Lumiar Songbooks series – and, like the rest, it showcases the tremendous compositional ... read moreCD
Excellent work from Nacao Zumbi – one of the first groups to showcase the new sound of music in Brazil 20 years back – and still a combo who can come up with the good when they want to! The music here remains very true to the best NZ groove – a heady brew of rootsy elements, ... read moreCD
This one's mighty hard to pin down – but we really like it! Totonho's working here in a quirky mix of styles from Northeastern Brazil and electronics – effortlessly mixing modes in the manner of some of his Trama Records labelmate – in a boundary-crossing style that never panders ... read moreCD
Caetano Veloso & Jaques Morelembaum —
O Quatrilho ... CD Blue Jackel, 1995. Used ...
A beautiful batch of music that formed the score for this recent film, and an album that includes a few vocal tracks from Caetano Veloso, plus a number of other spare instrumental ones with instrumentation by guitar, bandolim, cello, and bandoneon. Veloso's on guitar on the instrumental as well as ... read moreCD
Lovely work by Fernanda Porta – a talented new singer and arranger, with a sound that's a bridge between Rio and London! Fernanda's like some of her labelmates on the Trama imprint – a vocalist with a sound that's steeped in the bossa traditions of Brazil, yet which also reaches out ... read moreCD
Wagner Tiso & Paulo Moura —
Musica Viva ... CD Azul/Tom Brasil (Brazil), 2002. Used ...
Recent live material from Tiso and Moura – recorded separately, but both performing at SESC Pompeia, in Sao Paulo. Tiso's set is a back to jazz basics one – with Marcio Montarroyos on trumpet, Nico Assumpcao on bass, and some extra backing by the Rio Cello Ensemble. Tiso's piano is ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Marcia Lopes —
LP ... CD Zabumba (Brazil), 2004. Used ...
A record with a cheesy title and cover, but with a sound that's completely sublime – that transcendent vocal approach and incredible songwriting that makes just about any record by Ivan Lins a real treasure! The set's not as experimental as his earliest work, but it's got a rock-solid sound ... read moreCD
(Out of print, please note that there is some clear tape covering a few tears on the booklet.)
Jazzy samba from Monica Salmaso – a batch of songs penned by Chico Buarque, and cut with some great accompaniment from Pau Brasil! The combo features great piano from Nelson Ayres – one of our favorite Brazilian jazz talents from many years back, and he gives the music a great force ... read moreCD
One of the warmest records we've heard in years from Arnaldo Antunes – a set that no doubt gets some of its feel from the acoustic MTV setting of the performance – but one that also has a softer side of Antunes' songwriting as well! There's a wonderfully subtle vibe to the record ... read moreCD