Cesar Camargo Mariano & Romero Lubambo —
Duo ... CD Trama (Brazil), 2002. Used ...
Warm and gentle duets between two masters of Brazilian jazz – legendary pianist Cesar Camargo Mariano, whose 60s and 70s arrangements for singers are some of our favorite from the time, and guitarist Romero Lumbambo, whose recent records are some of the best smoother jazz coming out of Brazil! The feel here is loose and free – magical interplay between the strings of the guitar and keys of the piano – never schlocky at all, and done with a lot more depth and soul than you might expect. One of Mariano's greatest in years – with titles that include "April Child", "Wave", "Short Cut", "Fotografia", "Choro 7", "Joy Spring", "Mr Jr", and "Era Bom". CD
This one's mighty hard to pin down – but we really like it! Totonho's working here in a quirky mix of styles from Northeastern Brazil and electronics – effortlessly mixing modes in the manner of some of his Trama Records labelmate – in a boundary-crossing style that never panders or reduces the quality of its elements, and which somehow manages to emerge in a way that's even greater than its parts! The exact sound is quite hard to describe – so we're not even going to try – but if you dig some of the other recent work from the Trama camp, you'll be sure to find a place in your heart for this one. Titles include "Jaspion Do Pandeiro", "Poeira Estelar", "Sabotador De Satelite", "A Era Especial", "Tenente Jeff", "Argemira", and "Eu Mandei Meu Amor Pro Espaco". CD
Caju & Castanha —
Ao Vivo ... CD Trama (Brazil), 2005. Used ...
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The long-awaited 3rd album in the trilogy of modern Brazilian grooves from the trio that's recorded under the names of Moreno Veloso and Domencio – and the first one to be issued under the name of Kassin! Following the format of the other variations in the series, Kassin takes the lead here – singing beautifully with a breathy sound that reminds us a lot of Brazilian funk recordings from the 70s – particularly the most spacious, most mellow funk of Joao Donato or Marcos Valle – both of whom seem to have a bit of influence on the sound here! Donato actually guests on Fender Rhodes on one track – and there's some other guest stars here who really keep things interesting – but the main star in the spotlight is Kassin, and he really blows our mind with the depth of his work on the set! The record's a real instant classic from Brazil – a sublime blend of electronic pop, subtle funk, and jazzy flourishes – all put together with a whole that's far greater than the sum of its parts. Genius throughout – with tracks that include "Ponto Final", "O Seu Lugar", "Esquecido", "Pra Lembrar", "Quando Nara Ri", "Agua", "Namorados", "Homem Ao Mar", "Samba Machine", and "Antes Da Chuva". US version features 4 bonus tracks – "Tranquilo (super stereo sound system)" from the Japanese pressing and "Lake Line", "Bow Road", and "Ya Ya Ya" that are only on this version. CD
Nice comp of old school cuts: Schoolly D "PSK What Does It Mean?", Ultramag "Ego Trippin", Fearless Four "Rockin It", Treacherous Three "Body Rock", Just Ice "Going Way Back", Steady B "Bring The Beat Back", Super Lover Cee & Casanova Rud "Girls I Got 'Em Locked", fat Boys "Stick 'Em", Roxanne Shante & Biz Mark "Def Fresh Crew", Sweet Tee & Jazzy Joyce "It's My Beat", Run DMC "Peter Piper" and Fresh 3 MCs "Fresh". LP, Vinyl record album