Featuring guest work by Ivan Lins, Antonion Carlos Jobim, Paulo Moura, Tutty Moreno, and Joyce. CD
(Out of print.)
Antonio Adolfo & Carol Saboya —
Ao Vivo ... CD Kuarup/Points South, 2006. Used ...
The lovely Carol Saboya gets some great jazz-based backing here from Brazilian piano legend (and father) Antonio Adolfo – leading a small combo on this live date, and making Carol sound even better than usual! The set begins with Adolfo working through some instrumental passages, then Saboya ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Cris Aflalo —
So Xerem ... CD Sonopress/Tratore (Brazil), 2003. Used ...
Rare work from Brazilian bossa nova legend Johnny Alf – recorded in his later years, but with a stripped-down sound that makes the whole thing sound pretty darn classic overall! Half the set is studio material, half is recorded live – and all the tracks were never issued at the time, ... read moreCD
Cape Verdean vocals from Mayra Andrade, but carried off with a warm and lovely feel that's almost bossa nova at points! Andrade's gently expressive in her lyrics – singing soulfully, but subtly alongside these sweet little rhythms with a touch of jazz, and some earthier percussion elements ... 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
Subtle magic from Azymuth – two mid 80s albums, back to back on a single CD! First up is Flame, a set that nicely lives up to its title – and which shows the strengths the trio picked up during their years in the US! The sound here is round and soulful – a great fusion of the ... read moreCD
One of Azymuth's best-remembered albums from their American years on Milestone – a really killer classic that beautifully blends Brazilian and American styles of fusion! There's a simple, elegant feel to these tunes that takes off nicely from the group's previous album for Atlantic in Brazil ... read moreCD
(Remixed and remastered version – with better sound than ever!)
Carlos Badia —
Zeros ... CD Carlos Badia (Brazil), 2015. Used 2 CDs ...
A Brazilian underground classic from the early 70s – mindblowing work that mixes heavy percussion with lots of guitar – in a style that's samba soul one minute, but heavier rock the next! There's a bit of a Jorge Ben influence going on at times – particularly in the way the ... read moreCD
Sweet later work from bossa jazz drummer Milton Banana – a set of tunes delivered as a tribute to Antonio Carlos Jobim, but done very much in the spirit of Banana's best 70s work! The style here is a bit more expansive than Milton's harder-edged sets of the 60s – core trio work ... read moreCD
A brilliant new vision for the legendary Banda Black Rio – the pioneering samba, soul and funk combo that broke so much ground in the 70s and remain vital to this day – led here by William Magalhaes, in a mode that celebrates decades of the best Brazilian music, while fearlessly moving ... read moreCD
Proof that Brazil may well be poised to become the next modern rock capitol of the 21st century – and a tight little set that's filled with youthful energy and some extremely catchy songs! The format here is nothing groundbreaking – very much in a guitar, bass, drums mode that's been ... read moreCD
The rare Latino Fantastico from Rubens Bassini – featuring a range of percussion and overall vibe that blends the feverishly rhythmic vibes his native Brazil with African, Cuban and South American styled numbers with ultra groovy exotica! Bassini is a master percussionist and he's backed by ... read moreCD
A delightful collision of music old and new – as acoustic Brazilian choro comes into play with more booty-styled beats – in a blend that's surprisingly great on the best numbers in the set! The style is one that might sound a bit hokey on paper, but it comes off well – never too ... read moreCD
A landmark recording that is one of Jorge Ben's best albums ever! The album is a perfect realization of the way that Jorge mixes Brazilian rhythms with choppy Afro grooves – and the result is a masterpiece that yeilded some of his biggest tracks ever. Included here is the great choppy funk ... read moreCD
(Out of print, 1998 Japanese pressing – includes obi!)
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!)
New work from the legendary founder of Azymuth! Jose Roberto Bertrami's keyboards have graced dozens of Brazilian jazz sessions over the past 30 years – not only with his famous combo Azymuth, but also on albums by other Brazilian singers and instrumentalists of the 70s and 80s. This new ... read moreCD
Bixiga 70 —
Ocupai ... CD Mais Um Discos (UK), 2014. Used ...
An Afro Funk combo from Brazil, but one who bring in a huge amount of different influences to their music as well – expanding their sound with a range of soulful colors that make this set even more compelling than their debut! In addition to some expected Brazilian elements, there's also ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Alexia Bomtempo —
Suspiro ... CD Ropeadope, 2021. New Copy ...
A set recorded in Brooklyn, but one with plenty of Brazilian spirit in the music – served up in a mix of English and Portuguese lyrics, with a breathy sort of charm that really takes us back to the 60s! The album's more jazz vocals than bossa nova, but definitely has some of the latter ... read moreCD
Wonderful recent work from Joao Bosco – one of the few artists from 70s Brazil who's kept his sound strong over the years! This album's got a very intimate feel – mostly just Joao's vocals and acoustic guitar at the core, augmented with some light group backing that shifts from track ... read moreCD
Julia Bosco —
Tempo ... CD Julia Bosco (Brazil), 2011. Used ...
The first album in many years from Robertinho Brant – and a really evocative little set, one that more than lives up to its title! There's definitely a soundtrack sort of quality to the tunes, even though most of them are vocal numbers – and they work like little snapshots of life, put ... read moreCD
A sweet mix of Brazilian grooves and New York attitude – an overlooked session from the end of the 90s – recorded in the US by Brazilian saxman Leo Gandelman, with soulful help from a variety of American players – including Reuben Wilson on organ and both Charlie Hunter and Grant ... read moreCD
Carlinhos Brown is impressing us more and more these days – and this great little set is a rootsy exploration of Candomble, done in a highly percussive mode that's a welcome change from the mish-mash modernism of Brown's earlier albums! There's still a bit of electronics on the set, but the ... read moreCD
A fantastic live follow-up to the Caravanas album by Chico Buarque – and done at a similar level that shows that Chico's lost none of his charms as the years go by! The set's got the man upfront, singing and playing acoustic guitar – with a combo behind him, kicking up the rhythms in a ... read moreCD
Only the second solo album from Marcelo Camelo – but already he's really winning our ears with his creative sounds, and deeply personal presentation of his music! There's a solid quality here that almost takes us back to the glory days of MPB – although Marcelo's also brought in some ... read moreCD
The second album from Daniel Carlomango – and an amazing little set that's one of our favorite recent albums from Brazil! Daniel's got a style that's a bit like that of some of his Trama labelmates – but there's also a depth and seriousness here that's instantly apparent in the ... read moreCD
Nice lively stuff by this modern group from Pernambuco. The tracks have a choppy samba-esque sound, augmented by tightly ringing percussion and a catchy accordion sound. Most tracks have ensemble vocals, and titles include "Festanca Do Canavial", "Poeira No Terreiro", "Xod ... read moreCD
Our Brazilian section just got a whole lot groovier! This 1967 album by Mario Castro-Neves and his Samba SA group is a real gem – a breezy vocal group set with an approach that's clearly influenced by the Sergio Mendes Brasil 66 style, but which also has touches of European 60s jazz – ... 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
Celia (1970) ... CD Continental/Mr Bongo (UK), 1970. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
Wickedly cool work from this overlooked Brazilian singer – a record that's got a strong sense of soul in the grooves, and a great sense of imagination in the choice of songs! Celia sings early work by Joyce, Lo Borges, Nelson Angelo, and others – with these shifting arrangements from ... read moreCD
The two faces of Juca Chaves – one a witty samba singer, the other a straighter vocalist – served up here in a strong split album from the 60s! Side one features "satiras" – tunes that often have Juca's vocals cutting sharply alongside percussion, guitar, and some nice ... read moreCD
Juca Chaves relaxes in bed on the cover, but he's actually sounding a bit more formal throughout the album – working with great arrangements from Radames Gnatalli, always heavy on woodwinds – and with a sophisticated style that brings a lot to his music. The clarinets and other ... read moreCD
'Dark-edged Brazilian pop from China – but work that still has a nice sense of warmth overall! There's a balance here that takes some of the sharper guitars and rhythms of early 80s postpunk, and wraps them around some of the hipper MPB modes of the post-Tropicalia years – all fused ... read moreCD
Beautifully mellow work from this great Japanese group – a set of simple tunes that play on the "choro" style of Brazilian music, yet which take its interplay of acoustic string melodies, and strips it down to its core. The title Colors is a very appropriate one for the set – ... (New Grooves, Brazil)read moreCD
(Out of print, includes obi.)
Cibelle ... CD Ziriguiboom/Six Degrees, 2003. Used ...
One of the most unusual projects we've heard in the recent wave of genre-crossing work from the Crammed label – a beautifully fragile album of vocals and light instrumentation from the lovely Cibelle! The sound here has some of its roots in bossa, and maybe borrows a bit from traditions of ... read moreCD
Really mindblowing work from legendary drummer Ivan "Mamao" Conti – a key part of Azymuth through that group's many years – and still going strong here as a solo artist on his own! The album's almost a 21st Century realization of the sound that Azymuth was going for back in ... 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
(Out of print.)
Gal Costa —
India ... CD Philips/Mr Bongo (UK), 1973. New Copy ...
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
Tracks include "Samba Do Aviao", "Vivo Sonhando", "Triste", "Fotografia", "Passarim" and "Ana Luiza". CD
Mestre Cupijo E Seu Ritmo —
Siria ... CD Analog Africa (Germany), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ...
An incredible compilation of material by Mestre Cupijo and the musicians of Cameta – the Amazonian town where the Siria style was born! The always-great Analog Africa label turns to Brazil for this one – a nice step after their rich range of African reissues – given the nature ... read moreCD
A collection of remixes from one of the greatest groups going! Da Lata have one of the strongest sounds going – a mixture of Brazilian rhythms and modern production, steeped in classic jazz influences, and the rich sense of history brought to the group by DJ Patrick Forge. And when they ... (New Grooves, Brazil)read moreCD
Always-lovely work from Vanessa Da Mata – a contemporary Brazilian vocalist, and one who sings with plenty of soul! The album features some great work from Kassin – who produced, plays bass, and clearly had a hand in shaping the sound of the set – giving the whole thing lots of ... read moreCD
Instantly timeless work from Martinho Da Vila – a set that's every bit as powerful as his classic albums from the 70s – and done with an even more personal sound! Martinho first rose to fame at a time when there was a big wave of new samba recordings in Brazil – a mode that still ... read moreCD
Warm and soulful samba from Wilson Das Neves – an artist who's reemerged a bit in recent years, but still working with all the swinging charm he had in the 60s and 70s! The set's got some lyrical touches that are mighty nice, and which fit well with the raspy quality of Wilson's aging vocals ... read moreCD
Very cool compilation that features rare French recordings made by the lovely actress featured in the film Black Orpheus. The first batch of tracks have a lively loud raw quality, similar to the stuff on the original soundtrack – and titles of these include "Carnaval Samba", "S ... read moreCD
(Out of print, includes obi.)
Hamilton De Holanda & Orquestra Do Mato Grosso —
Alegria ... CD Brasilianos (Brazil), 2020. New Copy ...
One of the most playful albums we've ever heard from Hamilton De Holanda – a set that features the master instrumentalist on 10 string bandolim, in front of some larger orchestrations – but on tunes that are pulled from a variety of pop culture sources, including some surprising entries ... read moreCD
Funky keyboards galore – and one of the greatest records ever from this legendary Brazilian jazz talent! The album follows nicely off Deodato's Prelude classic for CTI – and like that one, this set's built on long-flowing tunes that rise and fall with a wonderful sense of rhythm – ... (Jazz, Brazil)read moreCD
An organ bossa classic from the legendary Eumir Deodato – one of his strongest albums from his early years in Brazil! There's a very jazzy feel to the set all the way through – thanks to a tightly arranged group that not only features the organ and percussion you might expect from such ... read moreCD
A legendary album from the 70s funk scene – and one of the crowning achievements of keyboard maestro Eumir Deodato! Deodato got his start during the bossa years of the 60s – where his sophisticated charts were already enough to make his career a landmark – but in the following ... (Jazz, Brazil)read moreCD
A rare Brazilian album from the legendary keyboardist Deodato – recorded right around the same time as his classic CTI albums Prelude and Deodato 2 – but much more obscure! This set's got a similar electric vibe, but is much more compact – with maybe more organ than Rhodes, on ... read moreCD
A playful blend of beats and Brazilian musical roots – put together by DJ Dolores and the Orchestra Santa Massa, in a style that's been copied many times in recent years – but never handled as well. The sound here is very far-reaching – filled with twists, turns, and plenty ... read moreCD
DJ Tudo really lives up to his name here – by bringing in a huge amount of different influences – all sorts of Brazilian sounds and styles, but with results that are surprisingly cohesive overall! The album was recorded in various spots over the course of a few years – and it's ... read moreCD
Joao Donato —
Bluchanga ... CD Mills (Brazil), 2017. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
A really beautiful record from the legendary Joao Donato – a killer jazz session, originally done as a private release for a Brazilian corporation, and never circulated widely at the time! The set's from Donato's more recent years, but it's got the sparkle and soul of some of his earlier ... read moreCD
Very tasty set of jazz tracks by legendary Brazilian pianist Joao Donato, performed as a loving tribute to Jobim, and with the same polished bossa sound as many other titles on the Lumiar label. Donato himself handled most of the arrangements, and the sound is nice and spare, with backing by sax, ... read moreCD
Some of the earliest work ever recorded by Joao Donato – pre-bossa tunes with a jazzy dancing groove! The style here mixes together swinging jazz with other elements of Brazilian rhythms – percussion grooving with piano, accordion, and some very nice work on clarinet – jazzy and ... read moreCD
One of the more far out-sounding records we've heard on Far Out Records – a wild one from Rio's Dos Cafundos! It's a sometimes funky, sometimes noisy, but always evolving sound – with raw tropical funk mixed with diverse strains of noise rock and jazz, a la Zorn and Zappa. It's never ... read moreCD
Really great work from this up and coming Brazilian beatmaker – and a record that really lives up to the promise of its title! The style here is heavy on African influences – often mixing together live percussion and acoustic instrumentation with tighter rhythm programs and ... read moreCD
Eliane Elias really shows off her vocal skills here – singing the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim at a level that really recalls some of the best breathy singers of the 60s – a mode that was especially rare at the time this set was recorded! Eliane definitely references Astrud Gilberto a ... (Vocalists, Brazil)read moreCD
Sweet 70s grooving from Brazilian singer Eva – a bit of soul, a bit of easy, all styled together nicely by orchestrations from the magical maestro Gaya! Gaya's work here is similar to his best backings for other artists in the Blue Brazil generation – a mix of American pop, post-bossa ... read moreCD
(CD is copy protected.)
Far Out Monster Disco Orchestra —
Black Sun ... CD Far Out (UK), 2018. New Copy ...
Fantastic sounds from the Far Out Monster Disco Orchestra – a group with family ties to Azymuth and Incognito, and who work here in the best blend of Brazilian and soulful elements that might imply! The ensemble is a crowning achievement for the Far Out label – a summation of all the ... (New Grooves, Brazil)read moreCD
A really wonderful project that was years in the making – a mix of American club and Brazilian elements – put together by a group that includes members of Azymuth and Banda Black Rio, as well as the legendary Arthur Verocai! Jose Roberto Bertrami's the strongest contributor here – ... (New Grooves, Brazil)read moreCD
The first work we've heard in many years from keyboardist Hugo Fattoruso – an artist who was born in Uruguay, but whose talents have been intertwined with Brazilian music for many years – including early recordings in a bossa mode, and 70s fusion with his legendary Opa combo! This set ... read moreCD