Embalo R —
Embalo R ... CD SomMaior/Discobertas (Brazil), 1967. New Copy ...
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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
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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
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