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Hermes AquinoDecencontro De Primavera ... CD
Tapecar/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $14.99
The only album we've ever seen by Hermes Aquino – a mid 70s singer/songwriter from Brazil, of the same post-bossa generation as Lo Borges and Milton Nascimento! Like those bigger names, Hermes works here in a style that's both personal and more wide-ranging – great songs helped along by backings that bring in a bit of jazz at some points, other acoustic instrumentation at others – all fused nicely with a subtle electric glide. Arrangements are by Wilson Mauro, who does a great job of lifting the songs up to the right level – and titles include "Cuidado", "Nuvem Passageira", "Longas Conversas", "Cavaleiro Do Sul", "2010", "Bola Louca E Colorida", and "Desencontro Da Primavera". CD

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Clarice AssadImaginarium ... CD
Adventure Music, 2014. Used ... $3.99
Sublime vocals from Clarice Assad – a singer who's got some ties to older Brazilian traditions, but who also really makes things all her own – with a dynamic sense of phrasing that's perfectly backed up by some equally great instrumentation! Clarice handled all the arrangments – which blend flute, strings, vocals, and lots of deft percussion – but always in this lean way that moves along effortlessly with her beautiful vocals. The approach has all the fresh appeal of Joyce at her best – although Clarice is quite different overall, and often open to a much wider range of influences. Titles include "De Perna Pro Ar", "Passaros", "Fantasia", "Tempestade", "Why", "Lachrimae", "Dedezinha De Maio", and "Revolta Das Flores". CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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Jorge BenTabua De Esmeralda (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Philips/Polysom (Brazil), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $32.99
Searing samba soul from Jorge Ben – one of his best-remembered albums of the 70s, and for good reason too! The album's got a slightly fuller feel than some of Ben's other work of the time – never slick, but with backings balanced nicely against his own raspy vocals and acoustic guitar – sweetening things up with a bit of the strings you'd find on Forca Bruta, but with a hint of the soul to come on Africa Brasil! The balance is great – thanks to arrangers Osmar Milito, Darcy De Paulo, and Hugo Bellard – and as usual, Jorge's vocals are the main attraction – dipping, turning, and rising with this really unique, personal feel – Ben-like brilliance at its brightest. The whole thing's wonderful – a key gem from the Philips years – and titles include "Cinco Minutos", "Zumbi", "Brother", "Os Alquimistas Estao Chegando Os Alquimistas", "Errare Humanum Est", "Menina Muler Da Pele Preta", "Hermes Tri", and "O Namorado Da Viuva". LP, Vinyl record album

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CariocasIntroducing The Cariocas ... LP
Philips, Mid 60s. Very Good+ ... $19.99
The Cariocas were a swingin jazzy bossa vocal group, with a sound that was similar to the Tamba Trio, but a lot more jazzy. They recorded this rare album in the US during the mid 60s, under the auspices of Quincy Jones, who did all the arrangements for the session. The record's got a few Brazilian standards, plus nice lesser-known material like "Tema Para Quatro", "Insonia Por Sonia", and "A Minha Na Morada". LP, Vinyl record album
(Gold label stereo pressing with deep groove. Bottom seam has staining & peeling. Cover has a name in marker on both sides.)

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✨✧ Nelson CavaquinhoNelson Cavaquinho – Serie Documento ... CD
BMG (Brazil), 1972. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A lovely later album from samba legend Nelson Cavaquinho – an artist we love not just for his mastery of his named instrument, the cavaquinho, but also for his mellow and raspy style of singing! The set's a well-recorded batch of tunes that offers Cavaquinho's talents in a very classic style – with minimal percussion and vocal backings, in a lean samba-revival mode that's perfect for the setting. Titles include "Palhaco", "Tatuagem", "Luto", "Luz Negra", "Lagrimas Sem Juri", "Degraus Da Vida", "A Flor E O Espinho", and "Sempre Mangueira". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Nelson CavaquinhoSerie Raizes Do Samba ... CD
EMI (Brazil), Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Wonderfully warm and intimate recordings from the great Nelson Cavaquinho – a skilled musician whose talent on the instrument that was his namesake was equal to Baden Powell's on the regular guitar. His vocals are also great – with a dusky folksy quality that complements his playing nicely, and which makes his recordings some of the most personal of those in this "roots of samba" series. The CD features remastered versions of Nelson's work from the late 60s and early 70s – all recorded for either EMI/Odeon or Copacabana Records in Brazil, and including the tracks "Luz Negra", "Folhas Caidas", "Duas Horas De Manha", "O Bem E O Mal", "Degraus Da Vida", "Minha Festa", and "Palhaco". CD
(Out of print.)

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Duduka Da FonsecaSamba Jazz Fantasia (Malandro pressing) ... CD
Malandro, 2003. Used ... $8.99
A beautiful set of tunes that more than lives up to its name – a selection of tracks arranged and put together by Brazilian drummer Duduka Da Fonseca, and featuring a host of American and Brazilian jazz players – including Romero Lumbambo, John Scofield, Claudio Roditi, David Sanchez, Eddie Gomez, and Tom Harrell. The tracks are very solid in the jazz department – with none of the cheap instrumentation or overly smooth production that could mar such a set – and the "fantasia" side has Fonseca including some more ambitious elements, such as a chorus of female vocals (including Lisa Ono) that scats on a few tracks, or a good mix of percussion that gives the tunes a clearly Brazilian flair. Titles include "Sco's Bossa", "Partido Out", "Terrestris", "Saveiros", "Dona Maria", "Bala Com Bala", and "Fotografia". (Jazz, Brazil) CD
(Out of print.)

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Paulinho Da ViolaA Danca Da Solidao ... LP
Odeon (Brazil), 1972. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
Rootsy samba with some fuller touches – a great early 70s album that has Paulinho Da Viola getting support from Maestro Gaya – all in a style that's warm and full, yet never too commercial! There's some wonderfully intimate moments on the album – times when Paulinho's vocals and acoustic guitar hang out nicely by themselves – but other points have a bit more dynamic feel, and create a nice sense of contrast that really keeps things interesting throughout. Titles include "Orgulho", "Falso Moralista", "Danca Da Solidao", "Acontece", and "Coracao Imprudente". LP, Vinyl record album
(Second pressing, in great shape!)

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Tom Jobim, Vinicius De Moraes, & OthersGarota De Ipanema (Precio Economico) ... LP
Philips (Brazil), 1967. Near Mint- ... $29.99
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 Vinicius perform, as well as Baden Powell, Tamba Trio, Nara Leao, Elis Regina, Ronnie Von, Chico Buarque, and Quarteto Em Cy – and titles include "Por Voce", "Chorino", "Aria Para Se Morrer De Amor", "Rancho Das Namoradas", and "Tema Da Desilusao". We think some of the material might have popped up on other albums from time to time, but there's still enough stuff here that we hadn't heard elsewhere – and that we like a lot! LP, Vinyl record album
(Brazilian late 70s pressing.)

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Kassin +2 (Moreno Veloso/Domenico)Futurismo ... LP
Trama/Luaka Bop, 2006. New Copy Gatefold ... $19.99
The long-awaited 3rd album in the trilogy of modern Brazilian grooves from the trio that's recorded under the names of Moreno Veloso and Domencio – and the first one to be issued under the name of Kassin! Following the format of the other variations in the series, Kassin takes the lead here – singing beautifully with a breathy sound that reminds us a lot of Brazilian funk recordings from the 70s – particularly the most spacious, most mellow funk of Joao Donato or Marcos Valle – both of whom seem to have a bit of influence on the sound here! Donato actually guests on Fender Rhodes on one track – and there's some other guest stars here who really keep things interesting – but the main star in the spotlight is Kassin, and he really blows our mind with the depth of his work on the set! The record's a real instant classic from Brazil – a sublime blend of electronic pop, subtle funk, and jazzy flourishes – all put together with a whole that's far greater than the sum of its parts. Genius throughout – with tracks that include "Ponto Final", "O Seu Lugar", "Esquecido", "Pra Lembrar", "Quando Nara Ri", "Agua", "Namorados", "Homem Ao Mar", "Samba Machine", and "Antes Da Chuva". US version features 4 bonus tracks – "Tranquilo (super stereo sound system)" from the Japanese pressing and "Lake Line", "Bow Road", and "Ya Ya Ya" that are only on this version. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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Jorge BenBig Ben ... CD
Philips/Universal (Brazil), 1963. New Copy ... $16.99
Brilliant early work from Jorge Ben – a set that shouldn't be confused with the US album of the same name, and which is one of Jorge's first few gems of the 60s! The album's got Ben stepping out with a slightly jazzier feel than on his debut – a style that's still heavily steeped in the guitar-driven samba that first won him fame, but which also features a fair bit of bossa-influenced instrumentation too – bits of piano, flute, and horns that echo with some darker colors and tones that really add a lot to the tunes! The backings are never too full – nor too full of themselves – but this added level of sophistication really helps push Jorge into a range of fresh new sounds – and that's saying a lot, given how fresh his music from the time already was. Titles include "Agora Ninguem Chora Mais", "Telefone De Brotinho", "Patapatapata", "Na Bahia Tem", "Jorge Well", "Deixa O Menino Brincar", "Bom Mesmo E Amar", and "O Homem Que Matou O Homem Que Matou O Homem Mau". CD

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Bossa TresBossa Tres ... LP
Audio Fidelity, 1963. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Amazing bossa jazz from one of Brazil's best combos! The Bossa Tres were led by dynamic pianist Luis Carlos Vinhas – an incredibly strong talent who was as great an arranger as he was a piano player – and on this early session, he's at his most firey, really flowing out with tremendous creative energy on the keys! This album is one of the group's rarest – as it was recorded in New York for the Audio Fidelity label, and only ever issued briefly in the early 60s. It's a killer batch of lively bossa piano tunes – with crackling drums, tight rhythms, and some firecracker work on the keys by Vinhas. 12 tracks in all – and titles include "Bossa 3 Theme", "So Saudade", "Green Dolphin Street", "Ceu E Mar", "Zelao", and "Nao Faz Assim". Great stuff all the way through – and a real bossa treasure! LP, Vinyl record album

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CandeiasSambaiana ... LP
Notes On A Journey (Germany), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... About September 1, 2017
An excellent lost Brazilian fusion session from the 70s! The record is played by an obscure European group that features keyboardist Guillermo Reuter, flautist Ruben Izarrualde, and guitarist Agustin Pereyra Lucena. We've had another reissue by Lucena from the same time, and this record has a similar feel – with lots of great breezy Braziliany jazz grooves, played by a European group, with a sound that's a logical extension of some of the MPS sessions along the same lines. There's lots of nice guitar and electric piano work, and the band maintains a good strong groove on most cuts. Titles include "Sambaiana", "Palmieras", "Zimbao", "Managua", and "Casas De Invierno". Note: The set was also issued with a different cover, under the name Sambaiana. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Beth CarvalhoSerie Raizes Do Samba ... CD
EMI (Brazil), Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... $9.99
It's singers like Beth Carvalho who keep the samba alive in Brazil – as her lovely voice and fresh style kept the music interesting for a whole new generation of listeners in the 70s. This 20 track set features some of her best work from the early days – all recorded for EMI/Odeon during the late 60s and early 70s. Titles include "Maior E Deus", "1800 Colinas", "Amor Fiel", "Vovo Chica", "Folhas Secas", "Enamorada Da Sambao", "So Queria Ser Feliz", "Gota D'Agua", and "Rio Grande Do Sul Na Festa Do Preto Forro". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Forro In The DarkSandcastle ... LP
Nacional, 2017. New Copy ... $15.99 16.98
Forro In The Dark sound better here than ever before – working with producer Kassin, on a set of tracks recorded both in Brooklyn and in Rio – with a vibe that's maybe more faithful to their Brazilian inspiration than any of their previous records! The core trio handle a fantastic amount of percussion, guitar, and reed instruments – with modes that start with the forro of their name, but also branch out into other Brazilian styles – and have some of the captivating qualities of the best independent acts from Brazil in recent years. Kassin plays on most of the record, about half the tracks feature vocals, and titles include "I Wanna Know", "Forro Da Casa Grande", "Ou Sim", "Roca De Pedra", "Craudineia No Forro", "Voce Nao E Insubstituviel", and "Drifting Away". LP, Vinyl record album

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Antonio Carlos JobimA Arte De Tom Jobim ... LP
Fontana (Brazil), 1960s/1970s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $23.99
An excellent 2LP set that brings together some of 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 Nelson Riddle. Titles include "Samba Do Avaio", "Surf Board", "Ana Luiza", "O Morro Nao Tem Vez", "Garota De Ipanema", "Vivo Sonhando", "Agua De Beber", "Insensatez", "Nuvens Douradas", and "Bonita". 24 tracks in all! LP, Vinyl record album

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