One of the loveliest singers we've heard from the Brazilian scene in years – working here in a set of gentle tunes with a hell of a lot of charm! Mallu Magalhaes has this raspy little quality in her voice – almost a Brazilian version of Charlotte Gainsbourg, but with a slightly warmer ... read moreCD
Tim Maia in concert – captured relatively recently, but in a setting that recalls his greatness from previous decades! That legendary Maia voice hasn't lost any of its punch – and really soars soulfully amidst the album's lively arrangements – backings so well-recorded, we'd ... read moreCD
Insanely great sounds from the legendary Tim Maia – easily the most soulful singer in 70s Brazil, and an artist with a heck of a strong ear for funk, too! The music here is an incredible hybrid of American soul and Brazilian elements – especially since some lyrics are in English – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pretty fantastic set of soulful 70s work from Brazil – a set that's got lots of deep currents in the orchestrations, which are echoed further by the rich vocals of Amada Maita! The record's got a way of sounding sophisticated and groovy at the same time – and the arrangements often ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lovely contemporary samba from Luisa Maita – a set that's mostly filled with acoustic instrumentation, but which has some slight electric touches too – but all in ways that gently soften the sound underneath Luisa's wonderful vocals! There's a nice sort of raspy quality to the record ... read moreCD
Alex Malheiros & Banda Utopia with Sabrina Malheir —
Wave ... CD Far Out (UK), 2009. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
Beautiful grooves from Alex Malheiros – best known for his bass work in Azymuth, but stepping out here in a warm and wonderful set of his own! The groove here really takes us back to the sunny, soulful fusion we first loved when Azymuth hit the scene in the 70s – and Malheiros' ... read moreCD
Sabrina Malheiros —
Dreaming ... CD Far Out (UK), 2011. New Copy ...
Always-lovely work from Sabrina Malheiros – serving up a sublime blend of Brazilian roots and soulful overtones – a style that's easily made her one of the best artists on the Far Out label over the years! Sabrina's got a family lineage that traces back to Azymuth – and the music ... read moreCD
Sabrina Malheiros just keeps on getting better and better – and she really sparkles wonderfully here in a set of fully soulful backings! The album's put together by Daniel Maunick, aka Venom, and son of Bluey from Incognito – and there's a bit of an Incognito sensibility to the whole ... read moreCD
Mamelo Sound System —
Urbalia ... CD YB Music (Brazil), 2003. Used ...
A funky fusion of post-millenium Brazilian club groove and contemporary hip hop from Marcelo D2! MD2 does a great job of demonstrating the all inclusive groove at the core of disparate musical elements. Almost every tune has a sound rooted in percussive samba, but the vibe stretches through ... (New Grooves, Brazil)read moreCD
A classic from the American 80s run of Tania Maria – a moment when the Brazilian singer hit our shores, started adding a bit more soul to her music, and really opening up her style! Tania had been recording for nearly two decades by the time of this set – first in Brazil, then in ... read moreCD
Ze Maria —
Tudo Azul ... CD Continental/Warner (Brazil), 1963. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A lost bossa organ classic – and one that features some vocals by Jorge Ben! The album's a rare gem from early 60s Brazil, and features Ben singing in the same soulful style as on his own early records – dancing lightly over grooves set down by organist Ze Maria, who has a wonderful ... read moreCD
A fantastic bit of funky fusion from Brazil – one of the most hard-hitting albums we've ever heard from keyboardist Cesar Mariano! Mariano had a long legacy in music that included great arrangements for Elis Regina – but this set is completely different than most of his other work ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very early work from Mart'nalia – but a set that more than lives up to all the soulful charm of her recent releases! The album's got a great mix of samba roots and contemporary soul – put together with a warm sound overall, blending mellow keyboards with some rootsier rhythms ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Rafael Martini —
Motivo ... CD Nucleo Contemporaneo (Brazil), 2012. Used ...
One of the best albums in years from this legendary Brazilian singer/songwriter – a set of tracks that features plenty of contributions from the trio of Domenico, Kassin, and Moreno Veloso! Jorge's vocals and violin sound great after all these years, and his songwriting's as strong as ever ... read moreCD
A classic album by Maysa – one of Brazil's most evocative vocalists of the 60s, recorded here in a lovely session of bossa tunes that begins with her stunning reading of "O Barquinho"! There's a core jazz group backing Maysa up – and strings and larger orchestrations drift ... read moreCD
A pretty great record by this Brazilian singer from the 60s! The album's got some fairly dramatic material – as was Maysa's wont – and it features sophisticated arrangements by Erlon Chaves that mix a post-bossa sound with styles that were being used by some of Europe's bigger singers ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An amazing album of vocal Brazilian jazz and sweet electric funk – a standout classic that's forever been at the top of our stack of 70s Brazilian music! Singer Ana Mazzotti is at the head of the session – singing with this breezy style that's at once cold and warm, cool and emotive ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Helena Meirelles looks like a bit of a cowboy on the cover, and she sounds a bit like one too – but with a spin that's very much part of the Brazilian heritage from which she sprang! Meirelles plays the Brazilian violao here – kind of a rougher, louder sort of acoustic guitar – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Early bossa jazz from Sergio Mendes – recorded with his famous Bossa Rio combo, in the years before he moved to America! The album's a classic in Brazilian jazz – a tight album of bossa-inflected jazz tunes played with razor-sharp precision, handled with a style that went on to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of our favorite albums by Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66 – a perfect bridge between the simple pop of earlier records, and the group's expanding sound as the 70s approached! The warmly glowing Brasil 66 style is still very strongly in place, but the music here is all a bit hipper – ... read moreCD
The greatest and grooviest hits from Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66 – that completely charming little group that really warmed up pop at the end of the 60s! The tunes here are awash in bossa rhythms, and topped with the group's trademark two-gal harmony style – a sound that reaches out ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A real classic from Sergio Mendes – probably most famous for its funky bits! The record pushes past the formula of the earlier Brasil 66 albums, and goes for a more sophisticated approach that adds in some sweet electric moments, more complicated grooves, and an overall sound that's even ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Includes obi, which has a slight wrinkle.)
A excellent set of instrumental bossa nova tunes by Roberto Menescal – one of Brazil's true musical geniuses of the 60s! The arrangements are bossa, but much more off-kilter than usual, with a weird edge, and groovy instrumentation, like vibes, that are not that common on Brazilian material ... read moreCD
Although not as well-known in the US as Joao Gilberto and Antonio Carlos Jobim, Roberto Menescal had an undeniable influence on the sound and growth of bossa nova in the 60s – not only through his own recordings, but also from his wonderful talents as a composer and arranger! This tasty ... read moreCD
A classic set of samba from Miltinho – done in a mix of lively styles and more romantic modes! Some tracks here are quite driving and upbeat, while others have a sadder, more emotive feel – a bit like Brazilian pop of the late 50s, but perhaps somewhat leaner overall – and in a ... read moreCD
An unusual album from Brazilian singer Miltinho – one of his few 60s efforts recorded in Spanish, and issued by the Sonus label in the Dominican Republic! Backings are more Latin-styled overall – handled by Pocho Perez with a nice mix of percussion and brass, which underscores the ... read moreCD
An excellent album of hard bossa cuts – played by drummer Antonio Da Souza, aka Miltinho, aka Milton Banana, with backing by Oscar Castro Neves! The band is a quartet led by Oscar Castro-Neves – with some nice piano by him, and some excellent alto work by the great Leo Wright! The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing with deep groove. Vinyl has just a few light cosmetic sleeve marks on Side 1. Cover has light wear and aging, with some wrinkles in front from application.)
A beautiful album from Miucha – the lovely bossa singer who recorded a few albums with Tom Jobim at the end of the 70s! The album's a much more mature effort than those records – with Miucha in the lead as a sophisticated, mature singer – working through a set of tracks that ... read moreCD
Nothing glam about this set – as the work here is as sensitive and evocative as previous efforts from Jun Miyake – and like those, it's a unique Japanese take on bossa, jazz, and other more evocative styles – all served up with a really fresh sound overall! Instrumentation is a ... (New Grooves, Brazil)read moreCD
One of the more rock-influenced titles we've heard on the Trama label of late, but a great little set that's still very much in keeping with the Trama mode of mixing together a variety of influences at once! Mombojo blend moody keyboards with some more straightforward guitar-based pop – but ... read moreCD
A contemporary album, but one with some of the same folksy touches as post-psychedelic Brazilian work from the 70s! Vocalist Marcelo Frota has a sound that's really wonderful – slightly earthy, but also a bit compressed as well – layered in between the acoustic guitars and slight ... read moreCD
Early work from Doris Monteiro – a set that's much more bossa-oriented than some of her later work – and recorded in the brilliant style of the Elenco label, with backings by Hammond genius Walter Wanderley! The record's got a light lively style – with Walter's organ grooving in ... read moreCD
A dream of a bossa session – the kind of cool, yet sophisticated session that made the 60s Elenco label so great! The album features vocals by the completely lovely Odette Lara – a blue-tinged singer who really gets at the melancholy in the music – which is superbly underscored ... read moreCD
Classic bossa mixed with more ambitious touches for the 70s – easily one of the greatest records ever to come from the team of Vinicius and Toquinho! The record has vocals by both, often layered on top of each other with a wonderfully spacious feel that spreads out beautifully between the ... read moreCD
Recorded in Buenos Aires, but a strong set of Brazilian tunes by these three greats! Singer Maria Crueza was at her best during the early 70s – and working here with the classic bossa team of poet Vinicius De Moraes and guitarist Toquinho, she really sparkles with a sound that's some of her ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Early 70s pressing in a flip-back cover, with some wear and aging.)
Light breezy bossa-inspired work by singer Paula Morelenbaum – done with some slight electric undercurrents that almost give the record a Bebel Gilberto sort of feel, but enough of a solid grounding in jazz and Brazilian tradition to hold strongly with Paula's excellent earlier recordings! ... read moreCD
Lovely work from Clara Moreno – a set that's much more laidback than some of her earlier dancefloor work, and one that's filled with bossa instrumentation throughout! Joyce co-produced the set, and you can really hear some of her acoustic soul in the music – a warm blend of snapping ... read moreCD
A great little project – Clara Moreno's jazzy soul take on Jorge Ben's classic Samba Esquema Novo album – but much more than a simple tribute record, and some of her warmest grooves in years! The songs by Jorge are great, of course – but Clara is really doing something special ... read moreCD
A beautiful document of the warmth and magic that flows between Brazilian singer Joyce and her jazz drummer husband, Tutty Moreno – featured here together in a project that was recorded privately in the early 80s, and not released to the public until many years later! The style here is a bit ... read moreCD
Ed Motta —
Dwitza ... CD Universal (Brazil), 2002. Used ...
Incredible stuff – an instant classic, and a record that will blow your mind! Ed Motta is known to most as one of Brazil's leading soul singers – a nephew of Tim Maia, and the one true heir to the unique Brazilian soul sound that Maia formed in the 70s. And while we've loved Ed's ... (Neo Soul, Brazil)read moreCD
A landmark record from Brazilian soul singer Ed Motta – the set that really got him the attention he deserved – and put him right up there in a soul music pantheon next to his famous uncle, the great Tim Maia! The set's not Ed's first, but it's the one where he really found his groove ... (Neo Soul, Brazil)read moreCD
Gabriel Moura —
Brasis ... CD Gabriel Moura (Brazil), 2006. Used ...
The Nacao Zumbi groove is still going strong – that great mix of fuzzy guitars and rumbling beats that combo first forged back in the 90s – inflected here with a bit more warmth at times! There's still plenty of searing guitar on the harder tracks – but others have a more ... read moreCD
A stormer of a set from Nacao Zumbi – really stepping out here with a bold sound that's miles away from the group's run with Chico Science, and which marks them as a strong force to be reckoned with on their own! The production here is really ramped up – not exactly funky, but really ... 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
A contemporary record, but one that's got an amazingly timeless feel – like the best early 70s material from Brazilian artists like Airto, Hermeto Pascoal, or Egberto Gismonti! The music of Fabiano Do Nascimento has a similar genre-breaking quality to these giants – not straight jazz, ... read moreCD
Fabiano Do Nascimento —
Preludio ... CD Now Again, 2020. New Copy ...
A contemporary record, but one that's got all the depth, warmth, and complexity of some of our favorites from the 70s – music that more than strongly lives up to the legacy of Egberto Gismonti and Edu Lobo! Fabiano Do Nascimento has a way of mixing acoustic guitar with really compelling ... read moreCD
Fabiano Do Nascimento —
Preludio ... LP Now Again, 2020. New Copy ...
A contemporary record, but one that's got all the depth, warmth, and complexity of some of our favorites from the 70s – music that more than strongly lives up to the legacy of Egberto Gismonti and Edu Lobo! Fabiano Do Nascimento has a way of mixing acoustic guitar with really compelling ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really beautiful second album from Fabiano Do Nascimento – and a set that really blows away his debut! This record's got an "instant classic" vibe right from the start – the kind of set that you could easily listen next to 70s gems by artists like Lo Borges, Milton ... read moreCD
Milton Nascimento —
Anima ... CD Mercury (Japan), 1982. New Copy ...
An ambitious early 80s session from Milton Nascimento – done in the style begun by his Minas and Geraes albums, and infused with an ever-growing sense of soul that makes even the mellower numbers sound great! There's a more popular approach to the songwriting here – one that goes a bit ... read moreCD
Milton Nascimento —
Geraes ... CD Odeon/EMI (Japan), 1976. New Copy ...
Beautiful stuff – and one of Milton Nascimento's greatest albums of the 70s! The style here is a bit more subdued than on some of his later work – but in a way that's really majestic and soulful, showing the further development of Milton's unique idiom as he becomes one of the ... read moreCD
An important American album for the great Milton Nascimento – his first recorded in the US since the earlier Courage set for A&M – and like that record, a perfect bridge between the sound of his work in Brazil and the global modes that he had to offer! A key part of the set is the ... read moreCD
A live album from Milton Nascimento, but a set that's got all the majesty of his studio work of the 70s – thanks to a core group that's really wonderful, and some larger orchestrations that must have taken up a fair bit of space on the stage! Nascimento's got that wonderfully expressive ... read moreCD
This one definitely earns its "nova bossas" title – in that it's got a really unique groove that mixes Milton Nascimento's classic style with jazzier instrumentation from a small bossa combo! The group features Daniel Jobim on piano and Paulo Jobim on guitar – providing ... read moreCD
A wonderful little album – sweet jazzy MPB from Roberto Nascimento, a lost record that we're very happy got reissued! We'll be honest and say that we didn't know anything about this one in the past – but we really enjoy the record for its warm grooves and gently soulful vocals. The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really unique little record from Ze Eduardo Nazario – a set that maybe begins in improvised jazz, but which soon opens up to a world of different sonic possibilities – on some moments that have a very Brazilian vibe overall, even if it is an experimental one! Eduardo plays a range of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A rare little bossa jazz album from the early 60s Brazilian scene – one that's also a soundtrack too, which gives it a different feel than most other records of its type! The music is a mix of jazz and occasional larger orchestrations – in the best tradition of the late 50s French new ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dom La Nena —
Ela ... CD Six Degrees, 2012. Used ...
A beautiful debut from this up-and-coming Brazilian singer – put together with a really timeless feel that comes through in both the vocals and instrumentation! Dom's got a breathy way of singing – a style that takes us back to older French modes by artists like Jane Birkin and ... read moreCD
That's Antonio Neves wielding a trombone on the cover – but the set's got elements that move way past his great work on that horn – drawn from very collaborative contributions from different members of the contemporary scene in Rio! The record's got a jazz basis at the core, but ... read moreCD
That's Antonio Neves wielding a trombone on the cover – but the set's got elements that move way past his great work on that horn – drawn from very collaborative contributions from different members of the contemporary scene in Rio! The record's got a jazz basis at the core, but ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
2 great records by this overlooked samba genius – an artist who's never gotten that much exposure in the US! Espelho is a set that grabs us right away – light in construction, but packed with plenty of power – thanks to a core batch of instruments that really keep to the samba ... read moreCD
A pair of early albums from this great Brazilian group – packaged together in a single set! First up is Novos Baianos FC – a great 70s album by Os Novos Baianos – a wonderfully youthful group that was one of the bright spots in Brazilian music after the Tropicalia years. The ... 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