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Roberto FonsecaABUC ... CD
Impulse, 2016. New Copy ... $9.99 14.98
One of the most hard-hitting albums we've ever heard from pianist Roberto Fonseca – a set that deeply digs back into an older Afro-Cuban sound – as you might guess from the title's backward-spelling of Cuba! The music here is surprisingly rich and full – not just Cuban flavoring on jazz piano lines, but a well-conceived, fully-formed approach that mixes Roberto's fierce piano lines with larger percussion and horns, and some very strong acoustic bass from Yandy Martinez – which really drives the harder-grooving songs in a great way! We're often a bit suspicious of projects like this, but we're totally in love with this record – as there's a vibe that's at once respectful of the classics, but totally brand-new – and produced to perfection, without any fakeness or gimmicks at all. Titles include "Soul Guardians", "Sagrado Corazon", "Family", "Tierra Santa", "Tumbao De La Unidad", "Afro Mambo", and "Asere Monina Bonco". CD

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Zelia FonsecaO Terceiro Olho Da Abelha ... CD
Enja (Germany), 2016. New Copy ... $12.99 15.99
Fantastic work from Zelia Fonseca – singer, songwriter, and acoustic guitarist – working here in a special space that reminds us of some of our favorite female talents from the Brazilian scene of the 60s and 70s! The sound isn't bossa, nor any sort of easy mode to label – a bit like Joyce in that Fonseca has created a special style of her own, one so unique, we'll beg her pardon for trying to use Joyce as a reference point in anything but the positive presence of her music. Instrumentation is relatively spare on most numbers – a bit of additional acoustic bass, percussion, or other elements – but even these small additions resonate beautifully, thanks to the power of Zelia in the lead – and the wonderfully resonant style of recording. Titles include "No Ar", "Coracao Abelha", "Fora Da Rede", "Amoramento", "Trilha Do Mel", and "Baile Do Desassossego". CD

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Dom Salvador, Duduka Da Fonseca & Rogerio MaioTransition ... CD
Lua (Brazil), 2003. Used ... $9.99
New work from Brazilian piano legend Dom Salvador – a spare trio set, recorded with all the elegance and power of his best early albums, but with a darkness that we wouldn't have expected. The session was cut in New York a few years back, and it's got a lightly lyrical style that opens up without getting overindulgent – a good match between the striking quality of Salvador's early bossa work, and the richly soulful influences he's soaked up in his years on the American scene. Titles include "Piano Vignette", "Azul Contente", "Bahia Com H", "Ana Luiza", "Toada", "Bass Vignette", and "Transition". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Duduka Da FonsecaSamba Jazz Fantasia (Malandro pressing) ... CD
Malandro, 2003. Used ... Out Of Stock
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". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Celso FonsecaNatural ... CD
Six Degrees, 2003. Used ... Out Of Stock
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 plenty of space for work by other players – including Daniel Jobim, who plays piano on the set, and drummer Robertinho Silva, who adds some nice percussive touches. The album's got a great English language version of "The Night We Called It A Day", plus the tracks "Meu Samba Torto", "Befre", "Ela E Carioca", "Teu Sorriso", "Buteco 2", and "Minha Dalva De Oliveira". CD
(Out of print, digipack as some light edgewear.)

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✨✧ Celso FonsecaLike Nice ... CD
Universal (Brazil), 2015. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really tremendous album from Celso Fonseca – a set that really takes the singer to a whole new level, and may even find him a wider global audience as well! The album begins with the sublime title cut – an original by Celso, with beautiful English lyrics – and throughout the record, songs mix English and Portuguese in this really lovely way – scored to these jazzy backings that are augmented by just the right, light use of strings – which almost gives the whole thing the feel of some sophisticated late 60s jazz vocal album, although one that's still got plenty of Brazilian touches, too! Acoustic guitar underscores some bossa elements in the music, but the set's hardly just a bossa record at all – and instead, really feels like Fonseca making a bid to become one of the best male jazz singers on the planet, which he might well do with a record like this. Titles include "Rio 56", "Like Nice", "Road To Paradise", "Cancao Que Vem", "Meu Silencio", "January In The Tropics", "Zum Zum", "Stormy", and "O Que Vai Sobrar". CD

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VariousHey Ho Guaguanco – Rare & Unissued Salsa Jams From The Speed & Fonseca Catalog 1968/1969 Vol 1 ... LP
Speed/Andale, Late 60s. New Copy Gatefold ... $12.99 14.98
Fantastic tracks from two ultra-rare labels from the New York scene – the Latin Soul empire Speed Records, and the super-tight Fonseca label – which provided a real mainline to Puerto Rican grooves at the time! Both labels cut some of the hardest-hitting Latin tracks of the time – music that was often rawer and more unbridled than material for other indies, like Tico or Fania – and the tracks here are from some of the obscure albums issued by both imprints, and some even-rare 7" singles – all with an upbeat groove, and a sound that's much more the Latin groove of the streets uptown, instead of the bigger ballrooms down in midtown. Titles include "Descarga Los Bravos" by Kent Gomez, "Asi Asi Descarga" by Mike Hernandez & Su Sonora Casino, "El Bembe" by Terrible Frankie Nieves, "Milton's Jala Jala" by Milton Zapata, "Palos Bravos De St John" by Orquesta Oliveri, "Yemaja" by Kent Gomez, "Palacio Descarga" by Danny Palacios, and "Melao Melaito" by Orquesta Oliveri. LP, Vinyl record album
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Willie Rodriguez with Leo CasinoHeat Wave ... LP
Fonseca/Andale, 1965. New Copy (reissue)... $12.99 14.98
Excellent rare album from Willie Rodriguez with Leo Casino – a tight mix of Latin Soul, descarga, and salsa tracks that hit hard from the start and don't let up! Rodriguez leads a great band, and they're joined by vocalist Casino some of the tracks – with tunes that have an uncommon, heated intensity without sacrificing the groove – some of it with the feel of an after hours session full of players just hit with a mighty second wind, and others that are just straight up tirelessly driven. The whole set cooks really nicely! Titles include "Dig It", "Descarga DJ", "Pussycat Bugaloo", "Simon", A Mi Negra". "Golden Bugaloo", and "Chickie's Choice". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Willie RodriguezMi Montuno ... LP
Fonseca/Andale, Mid 60s. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Willie Rodriguez at his 60s best – driving his combo with a fire and fury that few other Latin leaders could match! The grooves here are raw and tight, right from the start – a recasting of Cuban descarga modes into an even tighter combo setting – with percussion leading the way on just about every cut, topped with some sweet horn solos and vocals by a young and soulful Adalberto Santiago! The album's a real shining jewel in the early catalog of Fonseca Records – and titles include "Mi Montuno", "Mozambique", "Cimarron", "Colorin Colorado", "El Ritmo Lo Traigo Yo", and "Monte Adentro". LP, Vinyl record album
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GuanabaraBrazilian Beat of Guanabara ... LP
Baystate (Japan), 1982. Near Mint- ... $19.99
A very nice batch of fusion tracks – issued here in a Japanese-only album – with the requisite Brazilian touches you'd expect from the title! The record features some great guest work on trumpet – either by Terumasa Hino or Shunzo Ono, both of whom are some of Japan's greatest players on the instrument – and the rest of the group includes Claudio Celso on guitar, Dudaca Fonseca on drums, Alfredo Cardim on piano, and David Sacks on trombone. All tracks are originals, and the horn solos are especially strong – much more firey than usual for this sort of record. Titles include "De Repente", "Vento", "Divagando", "Contelacao", and "Festa De Sao Joao". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes insert.)

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Quarteto Em CyJanelas Abertas ... CD
Fina Flor (Brazil), 2016. New Copy ... $11.99
The lovely sound of Quarteto Em Cy never fails to please our ears – that sublime female harmony mode the quartet first forged during the bossa generation, and which has continued to evolve so strongly over the years! This album's a thing of subtle beauty – never overdone, never trying too hard to push its own strengths – yet always served up with the care and confidence that's always marked the group. They never hide behind their harmonies, and always manage to bring each of their four individual senses to play when they sing together – which makes for music that's as moving as it is beautiful. Features guest appearances by Carlos Lyra, Celso Fonseca, Cristovao Bastos, and Zelia Duncan – on titles that include "O Negicio E Amar", "Mudanca De Lua", "Futuros Amantes", "Vim Dizer Que Sim", "Samba Torto", "Tristeza E Solidao", and "Cartas Da Vida". CD

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Claudio RoditiSimpatico ... CD
Resonance, 2010. Used ... $7.99
A great follow-up to Claudio Roditi's Braziliance record – and like that set, a record that's filled with a similarly warm and breezy groove! There's a range of bossa and post-bossa elements at work in the mix, plus some slight Latin jazz touches too – and Roditi's horn sounds wonderful in the setting, really stretching out with these well-blown lines over work from a group that includes Romero Lubambo on guitar, Michael Dease on trombone, Helio Alves on piano, John Lee on bass, and Duduka Da Fonseca on drums. All songs are originals by Roditi – and titles include "Slow Fire", "Piccolo Blues", "A Dream For Kristen", "Blues For Ronni", "Vida Nova", "Winter Dreams", and "Spring Samba". CD

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✨✧ David AmramLatin Jazz Celebration ... CD
Atlantic/Wounded Bird, 1983. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An early 80s look at Latin jazz from David Amram – with a who's who of Latin jazz players and stellar jazz musicians of other realms – including Paquito D'Riveria, Candido, Machito & Machito Jr, Brazilian percussion guru Duduca Fonseca, David Fathead Newman, Jimmy Knepper, Pepper Adams and others others! What could have come out as clinical or academic comes through with passion and affection, partly because Amram could get such incredible players on the record, but mostly because the multi-instrumentalist ring leader is genuinely celebrating the music rather than simply replicating it. Includes "En Memoria De Chano Pozo, "New York Charanga", "Brazilian Memories", "Celebration", "Song Of The Rainforest" and more. CD

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✨✧ Gal CostaAquele Frevo Axe ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1998. Used ... Out Of Stock
Gal Costa gets some great help here from Celso Fonseca – who produced the album, and gives Costa a fresh sound that makes the album one of her best from the 90s! The music's a bit in Fonseca's own mode on his recordings – currents of bossa that bring a classic feel at times, but also modernized a bit in the arrangements, and creative use of contemporary instrumentation – at levels that keep the whole thing from just being a back-to-bossa session! Gal's voice is wonderful – able to turn a line with such subtle power, she grabs us even when we can't understand the lyrics – and the instrumentation is right in there to underscore all the best elements, with the right touches on piano or guitar. Titles include "A Voz Do Tambor", "Imunizacao Racional", "Qui Nem Gilo", "Sertao", "Calling You", "Habib", and "Aguarte Agora". CD
(Includes obi.)

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✨✧ Astrud GilbertoAstrud Gilberto Plus James Last Orchestra ... CD
Verve/Jazzclub (Germany), 1986. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A rare 80s set from Astrud Gilberto – cut at a time when she was hardly doing any new recording at all! As you'll guess from the title, the album has Gilberto teaming up with German groovemaker James Last – who handles all the orchestrations for the record, and shows a surprising sensitivity towards Astrud's bossa styles in his music. Last can sometimes be a bit over the top, but he's quite subtle here – leaving lots of room for Gilberto's sweetly sensitive vocals, and the music of her core combo, which features Romero Lubambo on guitar and Dudu Da Fonseca on percussion. Paulo Jobim guests on vocals and guitar on a few tracks – and titles include "Aqua De Beber", "Champagne & Caviar", "Samba Do Soho", and "Saci". CD

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✨✧ Willie RodriguezWillie Rodriguez Swings ... LP
Andale, Mid 60s. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Stunning sounds from Willie Rodriguez – easily one of the hardest, heaviest leaders on the 60s scene in New York! The record is a live one, but has the focus and intensity of Willie's best studio work for Fonseca – red hot grooves that are a fusion of Willie's Puerto Rican roots with some of the best pre-salsa modes of the time – a vibe that's a lot like the Joe Cuba Sextet at their best, with blistering piano and percussion in the rhythms, and some tight trumpet soaring out over the top! There's a few mellower tracks, but most numbers are groovers – and titles include "Gua Guanco #1", "Dolor Y Pena", "La Mulata Mariana", "Dame Un Chance", "El Velorio", "Ruby", and the great "Descarga". LP, Vinyl record album

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