Massively heavy sounds from A Bolha – a Brazilian group who were previously known as The Bubbles, and backed up Gal Costa during the Tropicalia years – but who work here in a fuzzy, bassy groove that's totally great – definitely an heir to the headier sounds of the UK scene at the ... (Rock, Brazil)read moreCD
Beautiful guitar work from the duo of Sergio and Eduardo Abreu – recorded here by the BBC during their short span of fame on the international scene! Both guitarists are Brazilian, but work together here with a complexity that goes back to the baroque era – then inflected by some of ... read moreCD
A beautiful jazz album from Brazilian arranger Antonio Adolfo – and a tribute to saxophone great Wayne Shorter, but done with a very personal feel! Adolfo's an artist with work that stretches back to the 60s – when he often worked with groovy larger arrangements – but in recent ... read moreCD
The cover image has a nicely rough-edged quality, and the music inside does too – a really organic statement of genius from Brazil's Grupo Agua! The group play very close to their roots – mixing quick acoustic guitars and percussion in a level that almost feels Spanish in its ... read moreCD
Alue ... CD Sesac (Brazil), 2018. New Copy ...
One of the greatest albums in years from percussion Airto Moreira – a set that really lives up to the complex sort of grooves he first brought to our shores in the 70s! Airto's back home in Brazil for this set, and working with a really great lineup – a group that's heavy on acoustic ... read moreCD
One of the coolest, grooviest albums you'll ever hear from the legendary percussionist Airto – a set that mixes his own Brazilian roots with the electric genius of 70s CTI – all with stunning results! Airto's in the lead – and blows some beautiful wood flute lines alongside ... (Jazz, Brazil)read moreCD
CTI Records meets that Brazilian fusion sound of the 70s – served up here on two classic albums! Fingers is one of Airto's greatest records ever – a really hard hitting batch of tracks that mix sharp-edged fusion lines with some earthier Brazilian percussion touches – all in a ... read moreCD
(Hybrid Super Audio CD pressing – also works on standard CD players!)
A Brazilian instrumental rock combo from the 60s, and one who are equally heavy on horns as they are on guitars – all of which makes for a mighty cool sound overall! The group's a biggish one – with tenor sax, trumpet, and baritone stepping out next to driving drums, bass, and electric ... read moreCD
An amazing bit of Brazilian funk – and the best album ever by this exciting soulful duo! The record's their first, and it's got a crackling intensity that you don't always find on their other albums – a groove that mixes hard samba with bass-heavy funk, with a sound that makes them one ... read moreCD
Arnaldo Antunes —
RSTUVXZ ... CD Pommelo (Brazil), 2018. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
Fantastic work from one of the most creatively consistent talents in Brazilian music – and a record that really hangs on to all the early genius that Arnaldo Antunes brought to his music! The sense of language here is almost enough to make us love the record – the way that Antunes ... read moreCD
The only album we've ever seen by Hermes Aquino – a mid 70s singer/songwriter from Brazil, of the same post-bossa generation as Lo Borges and Milton Nascimento! Like those bigger names, Hermes works here in a style that's both personal and more wide-ranging – great songs helped along ... read moreCD
(Part of the Brasilian Music Love Affair series!)
Guilherme Arantes —
Pao ... CD CBS (Brazil), 1990. Used ...
The last of Azymuth's LPs before Jose Roberto Bertrami left, only to rejoin the group about a decade later. The group's still in fine form here, playing everything from breezy Brazilian jazz and fusion , to some acoustic jazz numbers, and as always, Bertrami's work on the keys is fluid and bright. ... read moreCD
Wicked early work from Azymuth – one of the albums that the group recorded when they were really starting to take off on the global scene – burning strong with a soulful fusion vibe, lots of Brazilian rhythm currents, and always hitting all the right notes in their music! The sound ... read moreCD
Naire ... CD Discobertas (Brazil), 1974. Used ...
Adoniran Barbosa —
Especial ... CD EMI (Brazil), 1950s/1970s. Used ...
(Out of print.)
Drika Barbosa —
Espelho ... CD Pommelo (Brazil), 2018. New Copy ...
A nice little EP from Brazilian soul singer Drika Barbosa – an artist we're only discovering with this release, but who we expect to be hearing from in years to come! Drika's got a smooth flow on most tracks – one that really seems inspired by better American R&B of recent years, ... read moreCD
Fantastic rhythms from percussionist Rubens Bassini – a set that has all the raw live energy of a Latin jazz jam session, but which also carries some of the sweet touches of the bossa nova scene in Brazil – a really wonderful mixing of modes that makes the album a gem all the way ... read moreCD
Modern samba recorded with a light and folksy touch – and presented with a nice endorsement by Caetano Veloso! The feel here is in that rootsy 70s samba-revival mode – very respectful, with larger backings that never get in the way of the lead vocals and guitar work. Titles include ... read moreCD
A hip little set from The Beat Boys – an Argetine group working in late 60s Brazil, supposedly with a bit of an influence on the sound of Tropicalia! The sound here is a bit straighter than the work of Caetano Veloso or Os Mutantes – a bit in the Jovem Guarda sound of more mainstream ... read moreCD
Bells ... CD RGE/Discobertas (Brazil), 1966. New Copy ...
The Bells serve up a great blend of garage rock modes and Brazilian elements on this debut album from the 60s – a sweet small combo style that's heavy on swirling organ lines and echoey guitar! As with some of the other jovem guarda groups of the period, these guys lean heavily on influences ... read moreCD
A stunner of a record from the mighty Jorge Ben – and a record that catapulted the Brazilian singer to international fame at the time! Ben had already been making magic for almost a decade down in Brazil – and his compositions and grooves left an undeniable impact on the scene in the ... read moreCD
(Limited edition of 2000 copies – in a nice LP-styled sleeve!)
Smooth soulful work from Jorge – not as funky as his 70s albums, but still a great little record! The album's got a nicely compressed take on his samba soul sound, done in an 80s groove mode, which means that there's more keyboards and electric percussion than before, but still an adherence ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Jorge Ben —
E-Collection ... CD Warner (Brazil), 1963/Late 80s/1990s. Used 2 CDs ...
Just Sold Out!
2CDs worth of work by Jorge Ben – featuring hits from the Warner years on one CD, plus a whole CD worth of rare material! The hits are all from the 90s – and include "Pega Ela De Montao", "Dzarm" (in 2 mixes), "Alcohol", "W Brasil", "Salve ... read moreCD
Four albums from the second chapter in the career of Jorge Ben – packaged here in a single set, with a few bonus tracks too! First up is A Banda Do Ze Preinho – a record that's funky, soulful, and totally wonderful – a wicked late 70s live set from Jorge Ben – and one of ... read moreCD
A great set that features mostly material from Jorge's classic early years at Philips – plus a few more titles of recent vintage! The early stuff's the best, though – and it ranges from driving soulful bossa, to some of the experimental funky styles that Joao used during the early 70s. ... read moreCD
A samba soul masterpiece from Jorge Ben – one of the most brilliant records to come out the fertile late 60s Brazilian scene – and an incredible album that works with the psychedelic flourishes of Ben's contemporaries and a deeper undercurrent of soul & funk! This is one of the ... read moreCD
One of Jorge Ben's greatest albums – a groundbreaking blend of samba and soul that forever went onto transform the face of Brazilian music! The record works off the groove set down by Jorge's earlier hit "Mas Que Nada" (which appears on another LP), and takes the blend of bossa, ... read moreCD
Searing samba soul from Jorge Ben – one of his best-remembered albums of the 70s, and for good reason too! The album's got a slightly fuller feel than some of Ben's other work of the time – never slick, but with backings balanced nicely against his own raspy vocals and acoustic guitar ... read moreCD
A great little session from Luiz Bonfa – one that features a hip core combo mixed with slightly larger backings – all in a groove that really stands out from other mainstream bossa albums of the 60s! Bonfa's acoustic guitar is set up here with Jerome Richardson on flute, Don Payne on ... read moreCD
An amazing early album from Brazilian guitar virtuoso Luiz Bonfa – originally recorded by the audiophile Cook Laboratories on a Nagra recorder – in a spare, stripped-down, "in the field" sort of style! There's an intimacy here that's missing from some of Bonfa's studio ... read moreCD
A great little collection that features classic work written by Bonfa – recorded by him and a number of artists during the glory days of the RGE catalog! Includes many great vintage recordings – with titles that include "Gentle Rain" and "Summer Summer Wind" by ... read moreCD
A great collection of work from the legendary Lo Borges – one of our favorite Brazilian singers ever! Lo Borges is perhaps best known to the world for his incredible vocals on Milton Nascimento's classic Clube Da Esquina album – and he's a great artist on his own, too – always ... read moreCD
Joao Bosco —
Bosco ... CD CBS (Brazil), 1989. Used ...
Titles include "Funk De Guerra", "Tehno Dito", "Jade", "O Mar Religioso Mar", "Corsario", "Maiakovski", "Sassao", "Terra Dourada", and "Sinceridade". CD
A mix of lively samba and mellower moments from Joao Bosco – and a set that mostly sticks to the best acoustic spirit of his 70s classics! Joao's one of those Brazilian singers that's always able to grab us, even though we can't understand the language – and there's a personal quality ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Bossacucanova & Roberto Menescal —
Brasilidade ... CD Ziriguiboom/Six Degrees, 2001. Used ...
The bossa remix combo of Bossacucanova wisely get a dose of history and soul from guitarist Roberto Menescal, one of the original bossa nova geniuses of the 60s – and an artist who's really come back into the fold in recent years. The record features Menescal's guitar upfront in the mix ... read moreCD
A fantastic double-length set – two full albums of music, essential for any fan of Brazilian jazz – or even jazz in general! First up is Esperanto – an incredible album from one of Brazil's greatest reed players of the 70s – the mighty Victor Assis Brasil – a free-thin ... read moreCD
Victor Assis Brasil —
Trajeto ... CD Equipe/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1967. New Copy ...
A wonderful early album from Victor Assis Brasil – one of Brazil's greatest saxophone players of the 60s and 70s, and an artist with a keen post-Coltrane approach to his work! The album's awash in modally grooving numbers that would have made Coltrane proud – soulfully swinging tunes ... read moreCD
Surprisingly catchy batch of modern funky Brazilian tracks from Carlinhos Brown, set off on what appears to be an incredibly well-reviewed solo career, after working with the group Timbalada. The session was produced by Marisa Monte, and it's got a nice mix of funky stylings, Brazilian rhythms, ... read moreCD
A brilliant criss-crossing of musical styles – and a groundbreaking project that documents a visit by Cuban pianist Bebo Valdes to the Brazilian region of Bahia! The work was recorded for a film the captures the spirit of Valdes' journey – and features heavily percussive tunes directed ... read moreCD
Chico Buarque —
Caravanas ... CD Biscoito Fino (Brazil), 2017. New Copy ...
That's an aging Chico Buarque on the cover, still looking cooler than anyone else around – and sounding the same on this wonderful record! Buarque was one of the first of an important new generation of Brazilian songwriters to emerge in the 60s – and unlike some of the others, who've ... read moreCD
If you've ever been wondering which album to get by Chico Buarque – this is it! The record's a stunning batch of sophisticated sides, done in collaboration with Roberto Menescal, and with help from Jobim and MPB4! The album builds on the style of Buarque's excellent late 60s songwriting, ... read moreCD
A wonderful mid 70s album by Chico Buarque – proof that he was still one heck of a songwriter, and a pretty decent singer, despite the fact that he'd grown a silly-looking moustache! The production's very nice, too – with that excellent compressed sound that was being used on some ... read moreCD
A fantastic illustration of the live music tradition on Brazil – one that really arose on records during the 60s, and blossomed strongly on 70s records like this – which feel almost more like an event than a recorded document! The concert features a magnificent meeting of Chico Buarque ... read moreCD
One of the few albums ever cut by the team of Octavio Burnier and Claudio Cartier – a mid 70s Brazilian duo with a sweet and soulful finish! Both Burnier and Cartier play guitar – but not in a spare, Baden Powell-like way. Instead, they've got a sound that's very full – touched ... read moreCD
Fantastic forro from the Brazilian scene of the 60s – a really hard-hitting collection of work from Camarao – and some of the sharpest use of the accordion you'll ever hear! This isn't the accordion of the polka world, Lawrence Welk, Paris musette, or even Tex-Mex music – as the ... read moreCD
Candeia ... CD Equipe/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970. New Copy ...
Lovely samba work from Candeia – a singer with a voice that's richly expressive, but often without any effort at all – a laidback approach that's instantly compelling, laid over some lively old school arrangements! There's a bit of horns mixed in with the percussion and backing vocals ... read moreCD
The cover image makes it look like Carminho's a contemporary of Antonio Carlos Jobim – but she's actually a much younger artist – a great contemporary fado vocalist, who serves up some very unusual readings of classic songs by the bossa legend! Carminho's way of phrasing is very ... read moreCD
Fantastic early work from Beth Carvalho – exactly the kind of record that made her one of the greatest female samba singers in the 70s! Beth holds this tiny guitar on the cover, and plays the instrument beautifully alongside her vocals – which have this sense of majesty right from the ... read moreCD
The title's no lie, as the album features plenty of guitar and percussion next to the great vocals of Beth Carvalho – just the sort of lively samba backings that make her 70s albums so wonderful! There's a stripped-down, no-nonsense approach to the set – that surprisingly rootsy ... read moreCD
A real 70s gem from the legendary Beth Carvalo – a samba singer with a sound that's always stronger than we'd guess from the cover! Beth has this real depth to her vocals that grabs us right away – a soulful quality that comes through especially well in this setting – as Carvalho ... read moreCD
A landmark meeting of two Brazilian generations! The older singer/songwriter Dorival Caymmi meets up with Tom Jobim in this moody session of stripped-down tracks recorded in the famous Elenco style – and the result is a classic album that spans two generations of Brazilian music. Dorival ... read moreCD
Moody female vocals from Brazil – a great early 70s album with a dreamy feel and a nice electric touch! In a way, the album's a fair bit like the Ana Mazzotti album from the same period, with a mix of some funky scatting vocal numbers, and other tunes that are more laidback, but which fit ... read moreCD
Celia ... CD Continental/Mr Bongo (UK), 1972. New Copy ...
A beautifully groovy album from Celia Reis – maybe the hippest set ever from this Brazilian singer who was equally at home in samba and bossa modes! Production and arrangements are by Arthur Verocai – which will give you an idea of the creativity that went into the record – as ... read moreCD
Bossa jazz doesn't get any better than this! The album's a rare little gem led by bassist Luiz Chaves – recorded in 1963, with a swinging mix of jazzy styles, and instrumentation that includes piano, guitar, tenor sax, alto, trumpet, and a slight bit of guitar. The group grooves with a ... read moreCD
A groovy little group from Brazil – arranged and conducted by Antonio Adolfo! The group's got a really wonderful sound that's part bossa nova, part French 60s pop, and very much in the style of work by Marcos Valle from the late 60s! Includes female lead vocals by Beth Carvalho, in some of ... read moreCD
Gal Costa pays tribute to one of the greatest Brazilian songwriters of an earlier age – the great Ary Barroso, one of the first to also get his songs translated into other global languages too! The language here is all Portuguese, though – but nicely updated by Gal in that range of ... read moreCD
Gal Costa —
Cantar ... CD Philips (Brazil), 1974. New Copy ...
A real moment of beauty from Gal Costa in the 70s – a set that moves away from her more experimental music of the Tropicalia generation, and yields a more personal approach overall – one that's quite similar to the best from Caetano Veloso at the time! As with Caetano during this shift ... read moreCD
A nice little live set that follows off the same sort of energy as the studio album Estratoferica – which has Gal Costa coming across with a more youthful vibe than she's had in years! As with that record, Gal's working here with a group of younger musicians – players who bring more ... read moreCD
Heady heady work from the legendary Gal Costa – caught here right at her early best, smack dab in the middle of the Tropicalia years! The album's one of Gal's legendary collaborations with arranger Rogerio Duprat – and it's very much in the spirit of her other incredible session from ... read moreCD
An incredible live album from Gal Costa – one that's easily as great as any of her studio albums from the time! But unlike the studio albums, the style here is quite spare and intimate – a very personal presentation of Gal's music, recorded in a way that has her starting out nearly ... read moreCD
Gal Costa —
India ... CD Philips/Mr Bongo (UK), 1973. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
One of the richest, most expressive albums ever from the great Gal Costa – a set from her immediate post-Tropicalia years, and one that shows that she's got a lot more to offer than just a wild sense of experimentation! Gilberto Gil is the musical director here – with help from Rogerio ... read moreCD
Gal Costa —
Legal ... CD Philips/Elemental (Spain), 1970. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
Essential early material by Gal Costa! The record is her first after the immediate Tropicalia years, and it's a stunning blend of styles that seems to draw heavily from changes going on in the American rock scene at the time. The core of the music is still steeped in Brazilian elements – ... read moreCD