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
A classic bit of jazzy fusion from Chick Corea and the legendary Return To Forever group that included Flora Purim and Airto! The sound of the album influenced a generation, and although the album was overlooked by groovers for years, partly due to its success, it still sounds surprisingly fresh ... (Jazz, Brazil)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great album from the early 70s – one that has Sergio and crew doing Brazilian tracks with a bit of an LA studio feel – one that takes their older bossa groove into even more soulful territory! Dave Grusin and Tom Scott did the arrangements, both in the best styles of their key early ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(In the original fold-over cover – with some creasing on the flap.)
Gilberto Gil —
Extra ... LP Warner (Brazil), 1983. Very Good Gatefold ...
Not Gil's greatest – but still with some nice enough funky moments, a bit more polished than earlier work, but still sounding pretty strongly soulful. Songs include "E La Poeira", "Extra", "A Linha E O Linho", "Punk Da Periferia", "Funk-Se Quem ... 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
One of Flora Purim's most ambitious albums of the 70s – recorded with larger backings than usual, and some occasional additional vocal help from Urszula Dudziak and Googie Coppola! The "encounter" of the title is a reference to the added players on the set – as Flora's groove ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing, including the printed inner sleeve.)
A soaring set of grooves from one of the world's greatest percussionists – a standout set as a leader from Airto, and a key set in his wonderful run of work from the 70s! The album's still got the loose, free feel of Airto's earliest work, and isn't nearly as crossover-oriented as some of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great collaboration between Oscar Brown Jr. and the breezy Brazilian singer Luiz Henrique! Henrique was one of Brown's "discoveries", as was Sivuca, who also plays and arranges on the LP – gracing it with his classic bossa/jazzy kind of groove. The whole thing's an excellent mix ... (Vocalists, Brazil)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Brazilian pop from the mid 60s – not samba, not bossa, but mostly ballads and romantic numbers, recorded with arrangements that sound surprisingly like work of the same type from the US. Titles include "Cartas De Amor", "Nao", "Eu Sou Aquele", "Quem ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album