A striking soundtrack written and performed by Gilberto Gil – most of which has a rootsy forro style, to accompany the rural setting of the film. Gil's actually pretty good at this style, and the work's a refreshing change from some of his more recent recordings. Features a remake of "A ... read moreCD
A bold leap forward from Gilberto Gil – his first album recorded during the Tropicalia years, and an amazing collaboration with arranger Rogerio Duprat! The album's got a sound that really bridges scenes in Brazil – elements of older folkloric musics, folded with samba rhythms, folded ... 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
Gilberto Gil live at Montreux – playing in this spare, stripped-down style that's quite a change from some of his more fully produced albums of the period – a mode that's very much like some of Gilberto's best albums from the start of the 70s! There's a lot of acoustic guitar in the ... read moreCD
A great recent album by Gilberto Gil – and one recorded in Oslo with a huge mixture of styles criss-crossing in a very international venue. The record features performances by Trilok Gurtu, Toninho Ferragutti, and the lovely Marlui Miranda – and many of the tracks have a nice rootsty ... read moreCD
A great collection of work by Gilberto Gil – tracks recorded throughout the 80s, and done in a variety of styles, all of which show him at his best during the time! Lots of the tunes step off the smooth soul and funkier modes of the late 70s, taking Gil into the strongly R&B-influenced ... read moreCD
Limited edition of this new album from Gilberto Gil & Milton Nascimento – packaged in a book-style case, with an embossed cardboard cover, and a nice book in the middle! The album's a good set of duets between two of Brazil's greatest singers – done in a mostly stripped-down ... read moreCD
A very nice Japanese collection of 60s classics by Astrud Gilberto – with tracks that include "Agua De Beber", "I Will Wait For You", "Goodbye Sadness", "Meditations", "Certain Sadness", "Dreamer", "Aruanda", "Shadow ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing – with obi, and a nice booklet inside the gatefold!)
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
Everybody's favorite bossa album just got a little better! Bebel Gilberto's Tanto Tempo set is one of the recent runaway hits of Brazilian music – a lively set of modern bossa tunes that has crossed over with listeners around the globe, bringing the sound of the bossa to a whole new ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Joao Gilberto —
Joao ... CD Philips/Polygram (Brazil), 1991. Used ...
A later album by bossa legend Joao Gilberto – but with all the fragile brilliance of his best early work! The album features arrangements by Clare Fischer – the wonderful talent behind some of the best Brazilian-tinged jazz sessions of the 60s and 70s, a perfect accompanist to Joao's ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Joao Gilberto/Caetano Veloso/Gilberto Gil/Maria B —
Brasil ... CD Philips/Universal (Japan), 1981. New Copy ...
The best of Brazil, old and new – as Joao Gilberto meets up with a younger generation of Brazilian vocalists – Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, and Maria Bethania – all for a wonderful session of stripped-down bossa! The work is very much in Joao's best style of the early 70s – ... read moreCD
A really unique moment for Brazilian genius Egberto Gismonti – as the album marks a strong move away from some of the fuller orchestrations of his previous sets! The album features Gismonti on acoustic 8 string guitar – mixed with piano, wood flutes, and voice – plus some sublime ... read moreCD
Wonderfully evocative work from Egberto Gismonti – a set based around the music of Hecto Villa-Lobos, but taken to much more creatively modern territory! The older compositions are a wonderful match for Gismonti's free-thinking approach to music – and the tunes are really opened up ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great work from two of Brazil's greatest modernists! Although the cover makes it look like they're playing together on the album, the record features a side apiece of work by each composer/musician. Gismonti's side features a version of "O Sonho" sung by Elis Regina, a duet with Nana ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Comes with a great booklet that has lots of cool photos, too!)
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
A Brazilian tribute to football – but one that's given a distinctly London twist – as core rhythms by Wilson Das Neves, Dom Um Romao, and others are mixed up and augmented by Da Lata, Zero dB, Roc Hunter, Fauna Flash, and Osunlade! The album's got a depth and compelling quality that ... read moreCD
An excellent concept for a bossa album from the 60s – a set that mixes together a bunch of different great guitarists – all with some light and lovely rhythm backings that really hit a groove! Jack Marshall put the set together – and in addition to his own guitar, the record ... (Now Sound, Brazil)read moreCD
(Out of print, 2013 Japanese pressing – includes obi.)
A beautiful American release from Toninho Horta – and one that features some great guest work by Joyce too! The sound here is a nice extension of Horta's early EMI albums in Brazil – a bit more jazz-based and somewhat polished – but still light years away from the sound of ... read moreCD
Toninho Horta —
Moonstone ... CD Verve/Universal (Japan), 1989. New Copy ...
A lovely blend of fusion and Brazilian roots – and one of Toninho Horta's standout sets from his US years at Verve! The album's got a warm, organic feel that's quite different from other American fusion of the time – still filled with some of the influences that drove that music in the ... read moreCD
Incredibly great work from Toninho Horta – especially considering that the album's a US release from the early 90s! Horta's working here in a tight trio with Gary Peacock on bass and Billy Higgins on drums – both players we can trust to keep things real, and help Toninho hit a groove ... read moreCD
Easily some of the best work we've heard to come out of the hands of DJ Dolores – a series of remixes from the film Narradores De Jave, done in collaboration with the Instituto collective! As with other work by both artists, there's an extremely creative approach going on here – one ... read moreCD
Wonderful jazziness from Brazil! This group has a sound that's beyond compare – influenced clearly by the 70s work of Hermeto Pascoal, but much more tuneful, light, and dancing – vocals blending with piano, percussion, and a host of angular reed instruments! The sound is incredible ... read moreCD
A nicely different slice of music from Japanese composer/arranger Goro Ito – a set that's still got some of his love of bossa nova in place, as you'd guess from the reference to Joao Gilberto in the title – but one that also really seems to have him finding his own voice too! At times, ... (Jazz, Brazil)read moreCD
An overlooked bit of mid 80s bossa – a live set that features Antonio Carlos Jobim on piano and vocals, plus some great additional help from Gal Costa! The work here is a nice maturation of older bossa modes – slightly darker than before, and with a rich feeling that represents the ... read moreCD
The music of Antonio Carlos Jobim performed by Elis Regina, Maria Bethania, Gal Costa, Sarah Vaughan, Zizi Possi, Rosa Passos, Sylvia Telles, Ella Fitzgerald, Robert Sa, Nara Leao, and Astrud Gilberto. CD
The music of Antonio Carlos Jobim opened up huge new territory for male singers in Brazil during the 60s – a way of being personal and emotive, but without any of the overdone modes of the generation before – nor some of the false bravado that was usually mixed in with the presentation ... read moreCD
An excellent double-length set that brings together some of Antonio Carlos Jobim's best work for the Philips and Verve labels, plus a few other nice rare bits! The set features work from records that were issued under Jobim's own name, plus tracks from records by Elis Regina, Astrud Gilberto, and ... read moreCD
Brazilian issue of an album that was released by MCA in America, and which had (in America) a primitive painting on the cover, with the word Jobim in handwriting. Features one of the best versions of "Aqua De Marco" ever, done up in these haunting blue chords, backed by great baroque ... read moreCD
A stunning lost bossa nova soundtrack! The score was penned for the 1967 film Garota De Ipanema (Girl From Ipanema), and although you've heard some of the tracks before in other versions, the overall album is very nice – and is a wonderful tribute to the early days of bossa nova! Jobim and ... read moreCD
The rare second album by the Jongo Trio – a fantastic bossa group who mixed together vocals and keyboards with stunning magic! The trio's approach is similar to that of the more famous Tamba Trio – in that the three members groove on keyboards, bass, and percussion – while also ... read moreCD
(These CDs are copy controlled.)
Seu Jorge —
Cru ... CD Naive/ST2 (France), 2005. Used ...
The sound of global soul in the 21st Century – and an amazing set from the soon-to-be legendary Seu Jorge! Jorge's possibly best known for his appearances in films over the past few years – like The Life Aquatic or City Of God – but take it from us, he's one of the greatest ... read moreCD
Incredible music from Seu Jorge – and that's saying a lot, given how much we've loved all of his previous records! This time around, Jorge really knocks it out of the park – by stepping away from some of his tighter styles, and going for a looser, more organic approach that's totally ... read moreCD
The first album by Joyce – one of our favorite Brazilian singers ever! The album's a wonderfully lyrical batch of tracks – many written by Joyce herself, plus a few by Brazilian songwriters Jards Macale, Toninho Horta, and Marcos Valle – and the orchestrations are by Gaya, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Guilherme Lamounier —
Guilherme Lamounier ... LP Atco/Mad About Records (Portugal), 1973. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
A beautiful album of laidback psych from early 70s Brazil – the sort of more personal, more introspective work that some of the artists on the scene were cutting after the more experimental modes of the Tropicalia years! Guilherme Lamounier has a gentle sort of majesty in his music – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Le Trio Camara —
Le Trio Camara ... CD Saravah/Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1968. New Copy ...
Bossa jazz from the French scene of the 60s – an ultra-hip album issued on the legendary Saravah Records label – and one that's one of the best illustrations of the label's way of blending together jazz and other global styles! The group here is a trio, with Fernando Martins on some ... read moreCD
Quite a different album than Nara Leao's other record from 1969 – the one produced by Rogerio Duprat! This one's much sparer and rootsier – almost in a samba mode at times – but even more so in a slightly folksy style that puts Nara's vocals highly upfront in the mix, supported ... read moreCD
A beautiful early gem from Nara Leao! This one has a similar feel to her classic O Canto Livre album – in that it's got a deeper approach than some of her bossa work, with a mix of some of the more complicated, slightly folksy styles used by singers like Geraldo Vandre or Chico Buarque De ... read moreCD
A great one from Nara Leao's "back to bossa" years in the late 80s – a set that has the lovely vocalist working through older American standards – but done here with new lyrics in Portuguese and some great bossa backings from Roberto Menescal! Menescal's airy style proved to ... read moreCD
Incredible early bossa material from one of Brazil's greatest singers! The record is lively, yet sophisticated – with strong arrangements by Gaya and Moacir Santos, and a vocal approach by Nana that really moves past the sweeter sound of other bossa singers – into a mode that's rich ... read moreCD
One of the loveliest of all the bossa singers is caught here in some superb arrangements by Oscar Castro-Neves! The set's got a wonderful feel – with moments that are rootsier than your average bossa diva record, and others that are baroque enough to hint at the direction Nara would take a ... read moreCD
From the bossa years, to the Tropicalia generation, to the MPB hit days of the 70s, and even up into the 80s – Nara Leao has always been one of Brazil's most compelling singers, as you'll hear on this well-selected batch of 30 tracks pulled from her classic recordings for Philips and Elenco. ... read moreCD
Beautiful work from the incredible Nara Leao – a record that's lightly driven by the bossa, but with some sadder and darker touches that really set the sound apart! Backings on most tracks are simply spare percussion, and an acoustic guitar follows Nara's vocals as they dart in and out of ... read moreCD
A lovely early album by the great Nara Leao! The record is from the key year of 1967, when Nara cut some of her most fantastic early work – and the set list features some of the more sophisticated tunes of her earlier sessions – tracks that mix up up samba, bossa, and tracks in other ... read moreCD
A tripped-out batch of hard jamming tracks from ex-Mutante Rita Lee – recorded with assistance from all the members of the group at the time, but in a mode that's quite different overall! Lee is clearly the star of the show here – singing all lyrics with a much fiercer vocal approach ... read moreCD
A tripped-out batch of hard jamming tracks from ex-Mutante Rita Lee – recorded with assistance from all the members of the group at the time, but in a mode that's quite different overall! Lee is clearly the star of the show here – singing all lyrics with a much fiercer vocal approach ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Always-great work from Lenine – one of the few contemporary Brazilian artists we never fail to love! The set's in keeping with Lenine's previous work, but also has a fresh sound too – a bit more acoustic guitar over slight electronic elements and more acoustic percussion – ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Gracinha Leporace —
Gracinha ... CD Philips/Universal (Japan), 1968. New Copy ...
Great early work from singer Gracinha Leporace – a vocalist you might know from her later work in Bossa Rio, or her recordings with husband Sergio Mendes! Even at the start, Gracinha's a hell of a singer – a vocalist who's capable of all the coolness of the bossa era, yet still richly ... read moreCD
Les Masques with Le Trio Camara —
Brasilian Sound ... LP CBS/Le Tres Jazz Club (France), Mid 60s. New Copy (reissue)...
Groovy groovy groovy! Les Masques were a 60s vocal-oriented Brazilian combo from France, and they had a tight jazzy approach that was similar to Sergio Mendes and Brazil 66! That alone would be enough to make them #1 in our book – but they also get some excellent backing from the Trio ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Branca Lescher —
Branca ... CD Tratore (Brazil), 2017. Used ...
Ivan Lins —
Juntos ... CD Universal (Japan), 1984. New Copy ...
A stone classic from the great Ivan Lins – a set recorded at a time when he was fast becoming a big name on the global scene, not just in Brazil – thanks to his wonderful sense of songwriting and lyricism! The album's almost a celebration of all that Lins had done so far – put ... read moreCD
The son of Edu Lobo, and a sparkling solo artist in his own right! Bena Lobo has a great style that's part classic bossa era, part modern and jazzy, and mixed with a very small amount of some of the stylistic experimentation of some of his contemporaries in the forefront of Brazilian pop. This ... read moreCD
Edu Lobo —
70 Anos ... CD Biscoito Fino (Brazil), 2014. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Edu Lobo at 70 – looking better than we did at 30 – working here in a wonderfully rich record that returns him to the glory of his most sophisticated sides from decades back! The performance is a live one – with a full orchestra behind the smaller combo – and Edu sings, and ... 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 pivotal album in the careers of Edu Lobo and Maria Bethania – united in a series of unique duets for this classic Elenco session from 1966! The album pre-dates most of Bethania's other work, and is done in a style that's got all the best touches of Lobo's baroque post-bossa arranging style ... read moreCD
A nice little bit of recent pop from Brazil – done in a laidback and homey way that features plenty of American rock and roll touches, but which also has a gentle warmth that recalls classic MPB! There's less of the criss-crossing of styles here than on some of the other contemporary ... read moreCD
A rare set from the early 70s samba soul years in Brazil – one of the few albums ever cut by Renata Lu, a singer who worked more famously on records by other artists – and an album that really does a great job of mixing rootsier, funkier touches with some of the larger arrangements that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Hand-numbered limited edition of 500 copies!)
Marcelinho Da Lua —
Social ... CD Deck Disk (Brazil), 2007. Used ...
Marcelinho Da Lua & Others —
Tranquilo! ... CD Deck Disk (Brazil), 2003. Used ...
A record that's quite possibly most great for its guest stars – thanks to some excellent performances from Seu Jorge, Joao Donato, and others! Marcelinho Da Lua is fine on his own – a Brazilian producer working his interpretation of beats and rhythms borrowed from a variety of global ... read moreCD
Pedro Luis —
Aposto ... CD Som Livre (Brazil), 2015. Used ...
A contemporary Brazilian set like few we've heard in years – very fresh and free-thinking, in ways that remind us of Brazilian material that excited us so much a decade ago! Pedro's got a really individual approach here – songs that feel personal, but never too intimate – served ... read moreCD
Mauricio Maestro with Nana Vasconcelos —
Upside Down ... CD Far Out (UK), 2011. New Copy ...
A contemporary set, but one that's unlike any other recent Brazilian recording we can think of – given the very unique vibe that Mauricio Maestro is going for! You might know Mauricio from his mid 70s work with Joyce on Visions Of Dawn – and although this set is a recent recording, it ... read moreCD