Tania Maria —
Piquant ... LP Picante/Concord, 1981. Very Good+ ...
Great stuff! Tania Maria's first few years recording in the US were some of her best – and this excellent groover on Picante features some very tight Brazilian jazz tracks, cut with a small combo of west coasters, and produced by Cal Tjader with a smooth jazzy vibe. The overall sound is nicely stripped-down, and the main focus is on Tania's soulful voice and piano. Titles include "Lemon Cuica", "Chiclete Com Banana", "Yatra Ta", "Comecar De Novo", and "Super Happy". LP, Vinyl record album
Tania Maria —
Taurus ... LP Concord/Picante, 1982. Very Good+ ...
One of Tania Maria's sweet early LPs for Concord, with a nice modern Brazilian groove that differs from her earlier bossa LPs from the 70's, but which still has a beautiful melodic fusion feel to it. Tania plays piano and keyboards, and she's joined by a smooth Bay Area ensemble that includes Eddie Duran on guitar. With the tracks "2 A.M", "Tranquility", "Eruption", and "Que Vengan Los Toros". LP, Vinyl record album
A real classic – one of Tania Maria's greatest American albums, and a sublime blend of styles that shows that her move to the US was not in vein! The group's an easy going west coast Latin ensemble with Eddie Duran on guitar, and the style is a breezy Brazilian one – perfectly situated on the bay shores of the Concord scene, with a nice modern grooving style. Includes the classic "Come With Me", plus "Lost In Amazonia", "Sangria", "Nega", and "Sementes, Graines & Seeds". LP, Vinyl record album
A mid 80s album from Flora and Airto – a record that has the pair working in a relatively smooth style, typical of some of Concord's productions of the time – a touch on the California side at times, but managing to come up with some nice Brazilian grooves at others! The whole thing's a sweet extension of the sound the pair was going for on some of their late 70s albums – wonderfully soulful, but with a soaring Brazilian fusion approach that's mighty nice – beautifully sparkling, and with a groove that's similar to some of Tania Maria's best from the same time. Titles include "Sweet Baby Blues", "Garimpo", "Esquinas", "Bird Of Paradise", "The Magicians", "Jennifer", "Jump", "Two Minutes Of Peace", and "Love Reborn". LP, Vinyl record album
Not the sort of music you're likely to hear at your cousin's wedding this summer – and instead, a really enigmatic set of tracks that features cool, flanged-out sounds on the stringed instrument pictured on the cover – which is electrified, and mixed with chanted vocals and crowd noise! The work was recorded over a six month stretch, at celebrations in Mauritania – and the guitar lines are the most compelling elements here, and often have a quality that's similar to Saharan guitar, but with a rougher, rootsier vibe – given the live setting of the recordings! There's a nice dose of fuzz on many of the tracks – quite a surprise, as we didn't expect the instrument to sound so trippy – and titles include "Karr Bendieu", "Seini Karr Bendieu", "Vagho Kenoune", "Karr N'Temass", and "Seini Karr". LP, Vinyl record album