Orla ... LP None More (UK), 2021. New Copy ...
Really lovely work from Caravela – a British band, but one with a lovely lead singer who delivers lyrics in Portuguese – while the group support the music in a mix of Brazilian styles and more contemporary London modes! The album's like the sort of great fusion we used to hear from the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful early album by Elizete Cardoso – arguably one of the first bossa nova records ever, and a set that features some great early tracks penned by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius De Moraes! The record is a haunting showcase for the genius of Jobim and Vinicius, and it includes early ... read moreCD
A pretty nice set of samba and bossa instrumentals – all performed by the orchestra of Carioca, a leader who's got a similar style to Lyrio Panicali – mixing light and jazzy together in a 60s-styled Brazilian sound! Titles include "Nega", "Samba De Uma Nota So", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mexican pressing. Cover has some light wear, but vinyl is nice.)
Nice lively stuff by this modern group from Pernambuco. The tracks have a choppy samba-esque sound, augmented by tightly ringing percussion and a catchy accordion sound. Most tracks have ensemble vocals, and titles include "Festanca Do Canavial", "Poeira No Terreiro", "Xod ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Filipe Catto —
Folego ... CD Universal (Brazil), 2011. Used ...
A landmark meeting of two Brazilian generations – important songwriter Dorival Caymmi, the man who introduced a new sense of poetry to Brazilian music – and the great Antonio Carlos Jobim, the man who revolutionized the world with his bossa nova arrangements! This set has a nicely lean ... read moreCD
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
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
A nice step forward for Ceu – and a record with a bit more of an edge than we might have expected! The set's still heavy on those sweet Brazilian vocals with an old school vibe – but the production, although often spare, has this nice raspy quality we really love – subtle ... 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
'Dark-edged Brazilian pop from China – but work that still has a nice sense of warmth overall! There's a balance here that takes some of the sharper guitars and rhythms of early 80s postpunk, and wraps them around some of the hipper MPB modes of the post-Tropicalia years – all fused ... read moreCD
A great mix of Brazilian rhythms, jazz, and a hip 70s European sensibility – served up here with lead vocals from the young Salome De Bahia, and lots of great percussion, piano, and guitar interplay throughout! The rest of the group harmonize with Salome at times – and the track starts ... (Funky 45's, Brazil)read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Really mindblowing work from legendary drummer Ivan "Mamao" Conti – a key part of Azymuth through that group's many years – and still going strong here as a solo artist on his own! The album's almost a 21st Century realization of the sound that Azymuth was going for back in ... read moreCD
The final chapter of Lula Cortes amazing run of music in 70s Brazil – a small label release that brilliantly blends together a range of psychedelic influences – all with a gritty edge that's quite different than what you might expect from the date of the album! Things here are every ... read moreCD
Gal Costa —
Baby Gal ... CD Polygram/Universal (Japan), 1983. New Copy ...
It's the early 80s, and Gal's working with a style that's sure a lot sweeter and slicker than her earlier albums – but her voice is still fantastic, and we can't help liking the catchy tunes on the album, which are produced in a style that's similar to some of the modern soul-oriented work ... read moreCD
Gal Costa looks surpisingly youthful on the cover – and she's also sounding more youthful in her music than we've heard in many years – thanks to a key collaboration with Kassin and Moreno Veloso! Both of the younger musicians really find a fresh space for Gal to work with – a ... read moreCD
One of the most mindblowing albums ever recorded – anywhere, anytime! This 1969 set stands as one of the greatest records ever cut by Gal Costa – done at the height of the Tropicalia movement, and featuring a sublime mix of styles that really gets the spirit of the movement right. ... read moreCD
A slightly traditional set from Brazilian vocalist Gal Costa – but a great one too, and record that demonstrates a new sense of poise and grace in her vocals in recent years! The material here is mostly bossa – work that pre-dates Gal's initial time on record, but which is delivered ... read moreCD
Light and lively work from the great Gal Costa – a set that's light years away from her Tropicalia experiments of a decade before, but which is equally beautiful in its own sort of way! First off, Gal's vocals are amazing – more expressive and dynamic than in the early days – ... read moreCD
Gal Costa —
India ... CD Philips/Mr Bongo (UK), 1973. New Copy ...
One of the richest, most expressive albums ever from the great Gal Costa – a set from her immediate post-Tropicalia years, and one that shows that she's got a lot more to offer than just a wild sense of experimentation! Gilberto Gil is the musical director here – with help from Rogerio ... read moreCD
Raquel Coutinho —
Mineral ... CD Raquel Coutinho (Brazil), 2014. Used ...
Brazilian funk from Curumin – a contemporary set, but one that features a fair bit of old school influences as well! In a way, Curumin's music is sort of an update of the 70s samba soul sound with a bit more beats – taking the older Brazilian styles into a 21st Century range, and ... read moreCD
Warm and soulful samba from Wilson Das Neves – an artist who's reemerged a bit in recent years, but still working with all the swinging charm he had in the 60s and 70s! The set's got some lyrical touches that are mighty nice, and which fit well with the raspy quality of Wilson's aging vocals ... 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 organ bossa classic from the legendary Eumir Deodato – one of his strongest albums from his early years in Brazil! There's a very jazzy feel to the set all the way through – thanks to a tightly arranged group that not only features the organ and percussion you might expect from such ... read moreCD
A rare Brazilian album from the legendary keyboardist Deodato – recorded right around the same time as his classic CTI albums Prelude and Deodato 2 – but much more obscure! This set's got a similar electric vibe, but is much more compact – with maybe more organ than Rhodes, on ... read moreCD
Kind of a painful movie, but a pretty sweet soundtrack! The set features a number of new works produced by Deodato, very much in the spirit of his Inutil Paisagem 60s bossa recordings – with wonderfully complex airy melodies, and a touch so light you can't believe there's actually a ... read moreCD
DJ Tudo really lives up to his name here – by bringing in a huge amount of different influences – all sorts of Brazilian sounds and styles, but with results that are surprisingly cohesive overall! The album was recorded in various spots over the course of a few years – and it's ... read moreCD
A great little set from Brazilian percussionist Jackson Do Pandeiro – an album that grooves along on a strong wave of forro – that rootsy genre that burst big on the Brazilian scene of the 50s – tying together folksy roots and modern samba nicely, with lots of heavy percussion and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Brazilian accordion player Dominguinhos first got his start in forro – but here, the sound is something else entirely – a very groovy mode that you might expect from the style of the cover! There's still plenty of accordion on hand, but it's often mixed with arrangements that have some ... read moreCD
A really great entry in this excellent series – one that not only features lots of great Fender Rhodes from Brazilian jazz legend Joao Donato, but also vocals from Loren Oden on almost every track – which makes the whole thing feel like a fantastic hybrid of Joao's genius with a ... (Deep Funk, Brazil)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
Soaring strings and bossa piano – a tremendous combination in the hands of Luiz Eca – working here at a time when the arranger was first making his name with the Tamba Trio! The set's one of Eca's gems from the 60s under his own name – and it's got a style that echoes the mix of ... read moreCD
The third album by this band from Recife – front-runners in the mangue beat scene, working here in a blend of dubby and rootsy rhythms! There's almost a Jamaican influence going on here – but one that's a bit subtle at times – content to merely color in the tracks with some ... read moreCD
A really really wonderful little record – one that's far more than you might guess from it's slightly gimmicky title! The session's clearly done in a mode to resonate with the Charlie Byrd or Stan Getz bossa work of the early 60s, but it's also got a slightly offbeat quality that makes it ... (Jazz, Brazil)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet 70s grooving from Brazilian singer Eva – a bit of soul, a bit of easy, all styled together nicely by orchestrations from the magical maestro Gaya! Gaya's work here is similar to his best backings for other artists in the Blue Brazil generation – a mix of American pop, post-bossa ... read moreCD
Eve (Everaldo Marcial) —
Canto Aberto ... LP Free Lance/Kosmos (France), 1978. New Copy (reissue)...
Eve isn't Adam's partner, but instead Brazilian musician Everaldo Marcial – an artist who fled the dictatorship in the 70s for a new home in France – where he recorded this beautiful album in the second half of the 70s! The set's got some of the best hybrid modes of other ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Far Out Monster Disco Orchestra —
Black Sun ... CD Far Out (UK), 2018. New Copy ...
Fantastic sounds from the Far Out Monster Disco Orchestra – a group with family ties to Azymuth and Incognito, and who work here in the best blend of Brazilian and soulful elements that might imply! The ensemble is a crowning achievement for the Far Out label – a summation of all the ... (New Grooves, Brazil)read moreCD
A really wonderful project that was years in the making – a mix of American club and Brazilian elements – put together by a group that includes members of Azymuth and Banda Black Rio, as well as the legendary Arthur Verocai! Jose Roberto Bertrami's the strongest contributor here – ... (New Grooves, Brazil)read moreCD
Live set from the 80's by this Brazilian pianist and singer. The music's pretty laid-back jazz, with a mix of a few American standards like "Perdido" and "Night & Day", and a lot more Brazilian compositions like "Alguem Como Tu", "Solidao", "Uma ... read moreCD
Some of the best recent work we've heard from Brazilian singer Dick Farney – a traditional jazz styled vocalist in the manner of Frank Sinatra or Mel Torme. The set's a live one, with plenty of jazzy piano in a stripped-down setting that reminds us of some of Tony Bennett's recent albums ... read moreCD
A wonderful album from this legendary Brazilian singer – and probably one of his best-ever! Farney began his career as a warm romantic vocalist in earlier pop years, but on this great set, he's emerging as a talented jazz singer, on a level with Leny Andrade or Elis Regina. The ... read moreCD
Early work from Seu Jorge – heard here with the group Farfoca Carioca, but still in a style that's got the same soulful samba touches of his own work! The sound is a bit more upbeat here – vocals that are often sung by the whole group at once, even though Jorge gets plenty of solo ... read moreCD
The first work we've heard in many years from keyboardist Hugo Fattoruso – an artist who was born in Uruguay, but whose talents have been intertwined with Brazilian music for many years – including early recordings in a bossa mode, and 70s fusion with his legendary Opa combo! This set ... read moreCD
Marcello Ferreira —
Beleza ... CD Sony (Brazil), 2003. Used ...
A sublime little set – quite possibly the greatest album ever from Brazilian keyboardist Manfredo Fest! Manfredo first cut his teeth on the bossa scene of the 60s – but by the time of this rare indie session, he'd moved up to the US – and was working with sweet keyboards to ... read moreCD
Iara Figueiredo —
Aluado ... CD MCD (Brazil), 2002. Used 2CD ...
A beautiful little set from this contemporary Brazilian combo – one who work with a somewhat subtle approach that's totally great! There's a few modern elements in the musical mix – a bit of beats, some slight programming, a touch of DJ work – but much of the instrumentation is ... read moreCD
Rootsy grooves from Forro In The Dark – a group of Brazilian ex-pats living in New York, all with a great ear for freshening up the classic genre referenced in their name! Although the music is strongly in a forro mode, it's also got a more contemporary vibe than most recordings you'll hear ... read moreCD
Debut album from Maira Freitas – the sister of Mart'Nalia, and daughter of Martinho Da Vila – who shares a similar soulful style with the rest of the family, but has a groove that's definitely all her own! CD
A sweet little set from contemporary Brazil – music that's got some slight quirky touches, but a distinctly Brazilian groove overall! Pato Fu mix up older modes with ease – echoes of bossa nova, French 60s pop, and even a bit of Anglo rock – but all filtered together with the ... read moreCD
G/9 Group with Wilson Das Neves & Dom Salvador —
Brazil Now! ... CD P-Vine (Japan), 1968. New Copy ...
A lost bit of dreamy bossa from the 60s – recorded in Brazil at the end of the decade, but unavailable to most of the world for years! The session's got a gently snapping, always jazzy approach that easily matches the best takes on the bossa coming out from Rio and LA at the time – and ... read moreCD
Leo Gandelman —
Vip Vop ... CD Far Out (UK), 2012. New Copy ...
One of the best new recordings in years from Brazilian reedman Leo Gandelman – a set that's got a lean, mean groove that's just right for the album's mix of samba, bossa, and jazz! Leo's right out front in the arrangements on saxes – but there's also a really unified groove on the set ... read moreCD
A contemporary group from Brazil, but one who've got a quirky ear for song styles that takes us back to some of our favorite artists of the 70s! Garotas Suecas work in a style that's a bit post-Tropicalia – almost like some of Tom Ze's music of those years, but maybe not as all-out wild ... read moreCD
Jazzy samba from the Far Out label – the soundtrack the film Garrincha!! – Estrela Solitaria (The Lonely Star) – featuring a groovy mix of samba sounds, sultry & steamy jazz funk, percussion madness, more darkly cinematic grooves! The film is about the legendary Brazilian ... read moreCD
Andre Geraissati —
Dadgad ... CD WEA/Tropical Storm, 1988. Used ...
(Out of print.)
Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd —
Jazz Samba ... LP Verve, 1962. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
One of those records that no home should be without – not only a pivotal album in the growth of bossa nova in the 60s – but a set that also really helped set the career of tenorist Stan Getz on fire! The real credit here might almost go to guitarist Charlie Byrd – as Byrd was a ... (Jazz, Brazil)read moreLP, Vinyl record album