Embalo R —
Embalo R ... CD SomMaior/Discobertas (Brazil), 1967. New Copy ...
Very cool work from this young Brazilian group of the 60s – a combo who are very much part of the Jovem Guarda style of the time – which means that they draw heavily from Anglo rock and pop influences! There's a cool mix of modes going on here – as sometimes, the boys harmonize together, and turn in Portuguese renditions of famous English and American rock tunes – while other times, a trumpet seems to take the lead on the tunes – acting as the main voice over the jangly guitars, as vocal choruses might then come in later to round things out. The use of trumpet is pretty cool – maybe more rocking than a Herb Alpert mode – and titles include "Happy Together", "I Was Kaiser Bill's Batman", "O Caderinho", "Prova De Fogo", "Cuore Matto", "Green Grass", and "With A Little Help From My Friends". CD
A wonderful second album from the Sansa Trio – one of the more obscure combos of the 60s bossa era! The group here is heavy on piano lines from Jose Briamonte – but also features bass from Jose Odonez and drums from a very young Airto! Briamonte's a great player on the keys – one with a style that's rhythmic, but also filled with lots of bright notes that really leap out beautifully – creating a lot of lyrical interplay on the album, even when the grooves are upbeat and driving. The whole thing's got a really free and fluid sound – and titles include "Bossa So", "Foi Assim", "Chuva", "Cao Xango", "Aruanda", "Mar Amar", "A Resposta", and "Sambidu". CD
A pretty ambitious album for Luiz Gonzaga Jr – one that in some way hits themes that are rootsier than other records, including bits of older and more famous tunes – but which also has some larger orchestrations by Joto Moraes, Cesar Camargo Mariano, and others, stringing together the shorter tunes into longer medley tracks. Titles include "Pai Grande", "Nada Sera Como Antes", "Fala Brasil", "Santa Maravilha", "Coisa Mais Maior De Grande", "Quando Se Chega", "Mergulho", "Eu Entrego A Deus", "Pacato Cicadao", and "A Fabrica De Sonhos". LP, Vinyl record album
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.)
Moderna Orquestra De Samba —
Sambalanco ... CD Pawal/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1963. New Copy ...
A totally wonderful little combo – and one that features some excellent horn solos with a very jazzy vibe! The groove here is definitely the samba rhythms you'd expect, but there's also a lot of jazz in the mix too – a strong sense of soloing that has some key players stepping out from the larger lineup for extended spots on their own – including a alto saxophonist, a trumpeter, and trombonist – all with a very well-developed sound! The rhythms are great – nice and lively – but its these (unfortunately unnamed) soloists who really make the album great – and give it way more flavor than just a standard Brazilian instrumental set. The group's led by maestro Marku Rupe – and titles include "Sem Bossa", "Tao Bom", "Era Bom", "Caminhando", "O Tempo Nao Desfaz", "A Sandalia Dela", "Doi Doi Doi", and "O Maioral". CD
Wonderful sound library grooves from the Italian scene – a record that's super-obscure, but as hip as the best bigger jazz and soundtrack albums of the time! The set has no filler at all – as every track's a sweet little instrumental, often with a groove that takes off from bossa, into some hip fresh territory that's much more 70s overall – mixed with a few numbers that have maybe more of a jazz-based approach! There's lots of organ, piano, and keyboards throughout – with especially great electric touches on the 2/3 of the album that were handled by Gerardo Iacoucci – although the vibe of the three Amadeo Tommasi tracks is pretty great too. The whole thing's at a level that rivals the best sorts of sounds we used to love from the Easy Tempo series – and titles include "Riccione", "Palma De Maiorca", "Cancro", "Sagittario", "Panarea", "Baia D'Argento", "Costa Smeralda", and "Sabbie D'Oro". LP, Vinyl record album
Easily the greatest album ever from Trio Mocoto – and one of the key sides of the 70s Samba Soul generation! The group are perhaps best known for their work with Jorge Ben, but they really come into their own on this set – grooving up a mix of funk, samba, and plenty of soul – all delivered with lots of heavy percussion at the bottom, and a varied mix of instrumentation that includes searing Hammond organ, choppy guitar, and nicely blasting horns. Arrangements are by Rogerio Duprat, Waldemiro Lemke, and others – and the album's filled with choppy groovers that still stand as some of the funkiest samba tracks from the time! Titles include "Desapareca", "Maior E Deus", "Samba Da Preguica", "Vem Sa", "Recordar", "Palomares", "Swinga Sambaby", and "Gotas De Chuva Na Minha Cuica". LP, Vinyl record album
Not the American Bells – either of the 70s or 90s – but an even earlier group from Brazil, and one who are really in love with the guitar-driven instrumental style of the surf generation! The group features really great interplay between electric guitarists Carlos Alberto Belmonte and Nilo Antonio Alves – and Carlos seems especially deft on the strings, able to create all these cool little sounds while riffing on a groove – which might well make the album even more exciting than most American surf instrumental sides of the time! Also great is the tenor work of Jose Mathias, who gets key spotlight time on some tracks – with his own sense of sound that rivals the other members of the group. Titles include a great instrumental reading of "The Blob" – plus "Olhos Negros", "Wadiya", "Bacarole", "Anda", "The Park Hood Twist", "Gonzales", and "Hully Gully Bells". CD