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
The second album from O Terco – the guitar-heavy power trio who were one of the hardest things going in Brazil during the early 70s! The album's got a style that's somewhat progressive, but which also still holds onto plenty of late 60s psychedelic elements – qualities both sweet and ... read moreCD
O Bando —
O Bando ... CD Polydor/Discos Mariposa (Argentina), 1969. New Copy ...
Heavy fuzz from late 60s Brazil – a Tropicalia-era album, but one with a slightly more mainstream groove – one that mixes elements of regional music with psychedelic elements and bouncy, mod-styled backings! The approach is somewhat like the work going on over at EMI/Odeon during the ... 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
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
Rodrigo Maranhao —
Bordado ... CD Universal (Brazil), 2007. Used ...
A celebration of 60s years of bossa nova by two Brazilian singers who were almost with the genre at the start! And while the ladies might look like the Golden Girls on the cover, they come across with a lot more youth and verve on the record – especially Soares, who seems as if she hasn't ... read moreCD
A samba soul masterpiece from Jorge Ben – one of the most brilliant records to come out the fertile late 60s Brazilian scene – and an incredible album that works with the psychedelic flourishes of Ben's contemporaries and a deeper undercurrent of soul & funk! This is one of the ... read moreCD
A wonderful album by one of the all-time greats! The record is Joao Gilberto's best in years, and it was produced by Caetano Veloso – in a spare, stripped-down style that's very similar to Joao's classic self-titled album from 1973, with an equally moody sound overall! Veloso used some ... read moreCD
Maybe the coolest entry so far in this excellent series – and proof that the Mr Bongo label has gone much farther in recent years than it ever did in the past! Years back, Bongo was known as a hotbed of Latin and Brazilian music – but the sounds here are also rare funk and soul, other ... (Funky Compilations, Brazil)read moreCD
A record club that's way way cooler than the Columbia House version of the 70s – as the Mr Bongo take on the format features only rare funk tracks from around the world! Most of these tunes here are from vintage Brazilian and African sources – but the tunes still have plenty of ... (Funky Compilations, Brazil)read moreCD
One of the most heavenly albums ever recorded – a sublime post-60s session by Joao Gilberto, one with even more fluid grace than his original bossa nova classics! The setting here is extremely spare – Joao on vocals and acoustic guitar, backed by only a slight bit of percussion – ... 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
One of the most important early albums by Marcos Valle – a set of instrumental tracks recorded with lots of acoustic guitar! Even though Valle was well known as a singer and composer of bossa nova tunes, the set instead focuses on his instrumental work – recording his guitar ala Jobim ... read moreCD
Moacir Santos —
Saudade ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 1974. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
One of the rare Blue Note gems from Brazilian arranger/composer Moacir Santos – an album of incredible warmth and charm, with a sound that's hardly been duplicated again! Santos is usually best known for his early bossa arrangements in the 60s, but here he's working in the US – hitting ... read moreCD
Three Brazilian music legends come together in a very unusual project – a record that features famous songs by all three artists, each performed by one of the other singers – in a setting that's got all the sophisticated warmth of the best projects on the Biscoito Fino label! There's ... 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 moreCD
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
Gentle jazzy work from Celso Fonseca – a wonderful Brazilian talent who's finally beginning to reach a larger audience with his work. Celso's got an approach that stretches back to Joao Gilberto's classic recordings of the 60s – warm and personal vocals, light acoustic guitar, and ... 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 moreCD
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 ... read moreCD
A wonderful album recorded by Caetano in Italy – one performed live as a tribute to Fredrico Fellini and his wife Giuletta! The tracks are a stunning mix of older Veloso originals, older bossa tunes, and wonderful Nino Rota tunes originally written for Fellini films. Veloso's voice is ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Slipcover is missing part of the spine.)
A fantastic album from Toquinho – one of the best that he cut during the 70s! This album's got a much more stripped-down sound than others – with a soulful mix of vocals and spare acoustic guitar that sounds somewhere between the early 70s work of Baden Powell and Terry Callier – ... read moreCD
One of the greatest 70s collaborations between Vinicius De Moraes and Toquinho – and a record that's made even nicer by vocals from co-composer Marilia Medalha! Arrangements here are full and lofty – still driven with some of the lighter bossa rhythms of the pair's other albums, but ... read moreCD
A beautiful beautiful album from Vinicius Cantuaria – one of the few Brazilian artists who seems to get better and better with age! The record's got a moody, stripped-down feel that reminds us of the most intimate work by Caetano Veloso from earlier years – gently jazzy, with clear ... read moreCD
By the mid 70s, Elis Regina had transformed from being a simple and strong bossa singer, into one of Brazil's best-ever singers – with a complicated emotional style that ranges with some of the best work of the 20th century (and we'd include singers like Sinatra, Scott Walker, and Jacques ... 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
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
Caetano Veloso & Jaques Morelembaum —
O Quatrilho ... CD Natasha (Brazil), 1995. Used ...
A beautiful batch of music that formed the score for this recent film, and an album that includes a few vocal tracks from Caetano Veloso, plus a number of other spare instrumental ones with instrumentation by guitar, bandolim, cello, and bandoneon. Veloso's on guitar on the instrumental as well as ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Romulo Froes —
Cao ... CD YB Music (Brazil), 2006. Used ...
A really beautiful little album – partly samba in nature, but also done with a warmer singer/songwriter sort of feel – one that reminds us of Caetano Veloso on some of his more straightforward albums! Typical samba modes are nicely intercut with jazzier arrangements that deepen the ... read moreCD
A real killer from Seu Jorge – one of his best records in years, and maybe even better than the first volume in this series! The set's got a strongly funky vibe right from the start – a groove that's almost got the totally perfect feel of Incognito or Brand New Heavies – but ... 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
Post-Tropicalia work from Leno – a Brazilian singer who'd worked as part of a duo during the Jovem Guarda years, but who really sounds great here on his own! The style's a bit more straightforward rock than the Brazilian sound of a few years back – a bit fuzzy and compressed at times, ... read moreCD
An overlooked gem from the Brazilian scene of the 70s – the only record we've ever seen from Beto Scala, but one that we've treasured for years! Beto's a samba singer at heart, but he also works here with some warmer soulful touches that are really great – not a slick or commercial ... read moreCD
A fantastic family outing from Caetano Veloso – one that has the legendary Brazilian singer working with his sons Tom, Zeca, and Moreno Veloso! Moreno's probably the one who's best known to American audiences – thanks to his fantastic legacy of sounds with Domenico and Kassin in the +2 ... read moreCD
The debut album from Os Originais Do Samba – one of the most popular groups of their time, and a key early force on the pagode movement! The album's got a very playful feel – as you can no doubt guess from the cover – and does a good job of bringing earthier street samba into a ... 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 really beautiful album – one that more than lives up to the promise of the group's name, but which is even greater than you'd expect! The approach here follows in a Brazilian tradition of mixing rootsy elements with greater instrumental sophistication – maybe in a legacy that would ... read moreCD
Marcos Valle —
Cinzento ... CD Deck Disk (Brazil), 2020. New Copy ...
One of our favorite Brazilian artists of all time – stepping out here with a record that really lives up to all the faith we've had in his music over the decades! Back at the start of the 90s, Valle had all but disappeared from the recording world – but since that time, he's continued ... read moreCD
An expansive set of tracks that features Caetano running through a number of styles and modes, touched with some of his more rock-oriented leanings at points, but moving towards a mellower or rootsy mode at others. The effort was produced in strong collaboration with bassist Jacques Morelenbaum ... 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