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Brazil — Recently Added

XBossa nova, samba, MPB, Tropicalia, choro, and more -- a great selection of music, both vintage and contemporary!


Batucada
Verve (Japan), 1967. New Copy
One of our favorite Walter Wanderley albums ever – and a record that moves past the more familiar bossa trio style used on his hits for Verve, into groovier new territory with added players who include Dom Um Romao on drums and Marcos Valle on guitar! And not only is the lineup expanded, but ... CD
Samba Blim
CTI/A&M (Japan), 1968. New Copy
An incredible album by the Tamba 4 – one of 2 albums the Brazilian bossa combo did in the US for A&M Records, during the brief time when they were expanded to a quartet from the original Tamba Trio lineup! The set is completely sublime – a wonderful mix of the group's trademark ... CD
Tapecar/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. New Copy
A key set in a great 70s run from Elza Soares – served up with a raspy charm in the vocals, and a nice sort of polish in the arrangements! There's a good balance here between mainstream samba and rootsier modes – Elza holding onto the latter with her heartfelt vocals, and getting a ... CD
RVV/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1960. New Copy
A really great album from Brazilian jazz singer Pery Ribeiro – one that mixes his fantastic vocals with groovy backing from the Primo Quinteto – directed by Joao Peixoto Primo, with some excellent arrangements from Breno Sauer! Sauer's a jazzman at the core, and he does a great job ... CD
Repeteco
Equipe/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1968. New Copy
An obscure bossa combo, but a great one too – featured here on a rare 60s album for the Equipe label, which was also home to some of Dedoato's earliest work! The feel here is a bit like some of those better-known records – with organ lines stepping out over some lively samba and bossa ... CD
Sambas Na Passarela
Pawal/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1961. New Copy
A wonderful early groover from Brazilian keyboardist Celso Murilo – an artist who plays organ over samba rhythms here – in the same style as the legendary Walter Wanderley! Celso never got the kind of American fame that Wanderley did with his records on Verve – but the approach ... CD
Aleluia
Mar & Sol (Netherlands), 1978. New Copy
A sweet 70s set recorded in Lisbon, but with roots in Cape Verde – the original home of Pedrinho before he recorded this debut album at the age of 18! The tunes all have this joyous, skittish sort of energy – groove that bubble on up from down at the bottom, woven through nicely with ... LP, Vinyl record album
Adarce (Spain), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy
A great set of bossa grooves from the other side of the Atlantic – and maybe the first collection we've ever seen to focus on the bossa nova styles of the Spanish scene in the 60s! The music here is wonderful – extrapolated from Brazilian roots and given a slightly local twist, maybe ... LP, Vinyl record album
Nos Mundo Dos Sons
SESCSP/DIW (Japan), 2017. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Fantastic sounds from Hermeto Pascoal – an artist who first set the world of Brazilian music on fire in the early 70s, and has continued to be one of its most creative talents for decades! One of the great things about Hermeto is not only his own talents as a composer and instrumentalist, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Legal
Philips/Elemental (Spain), 1970. New Copy
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 – ... CD
Vinicius & Odette Lara (180 gram pressing)
Elenco/Elemental (Spain), 1963. New Copy (reissue)
A dream of a bossa session – the kind of cool, yet sophisticated session that made the 60s Elenco label so great! The album features vocals by the completely lovely Odette Lara – a blue-tinged singer who really gets at the melancholy in the music – which is superbly underscored ... LP, Vinyl record album
Transa
Philips/Elemental (Spain), 1972. New Copy
Some of the most beautiful work ever recorded by Caetano Veloso – an album that carries on the style of English language lyrics used on his session in exile in 1971, but which also introduces him back to the world of Brazilian popular music! The album's a great transition for Veloso – ... CD
Jorge Ben (1969)
Philips/Elemental (Spain), 1969. New Copy
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 ... CD
Bossa Hugo
Paladium/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1965. New Copy
An overlooked album of bossa guitar from Hugo Luiz – maybe the only record we've ever seen by the musician, and a set that we'd rank right up there with our 60s favorites from Luiz Bonfa or Baden Powell! Yet there's also a difference here that nicely sets Hugo apart – a richness in ... CD
Far Out (Brazil), 1975. New Copy (reissue)
A record with an unusual source, but a sound that puts it right up there with some of the most heavenly rare Brazilian albums of the 70s – served up here in a folksy, jazzy mix of acoustic and electric elements – all with help from heavyweights who include Victor Assis Brasil, Mauricio ... LP, Vinyl record album
Celia
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 ... CD
Baiano & Os Novos Caetanos (180 gram vinyl)
CID/Far Out (Brazil), 1974. New Copy (reissue)
A very weird record – and an odd parody of both Os Novos Baianos and Caetano Veloso! The album's recorded live, and it's very much in the spirit of early work by Os Novos Baianos – with loads of tunes that have a funky samba style, with some nice rough touches – but there's also ... LP, Vinyl record album
Tempo Da Gente
Arca/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1986. New Copy
A great soul album from the legendary Marcos Valle – a Brazilian talent who started out in the 60s bossa years, but who's coming across here after some great modern soul material with Leon Ware in the US! The vibe here is similar to some of the Ware collaborations – tight, smooth, and ... CD
Tapecar/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. New Copy
One of the best albums we've ever heard from Brazilian singer Elza Soares – a great blend of rootsy samba and jazzy 70s electric arrangements, handled in a style that's warm and bubbling, and which really brings a different sound to Elza! Keyboards and arrangements are handled by Gilson ... CD
Garota De Ipanema
Paladium/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1967. New Copy
A rare one from 60s Brazil – and a really great small combo bossa session with some very unusual instrumentation! At their core, the Balona group seem to be a bossa piano trio – but many tracks here have a little "something else" – vibes, electric guitar, or trumpet ... CD
Samba Na Onda
Equipe/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1965. New Copy
An upbeat groover from 60s Brazil – a highly percussive album that features work by Wilson Das Neves and Rubens Bassini – plus some excellent chorus vocals too! The whole thing's maybe a bit more of a hard-driving example of the Brazilian harmony mode heard from bigger groups like ... CD
Ronie & Central Do Brasil
Tapecar/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975. New Copy
Sweet funk from 70s Brazil – a totally great album from drummer Ronnie – aka Ronald Mesquita, the percussive force behind the Bossa Tres combo! This album's got a smoother groove than their records – great use of Fender Rhodes, gliding alongside sweet samba soul arrangements ... CD
Som Livre/Vinilisssimo (Spain), 1976. New Copy (reissue)
The earliest album we've ever seen from the legendary Djavan – and a record that's even better than some of his classics for Columbia! The album has a sound that's relatively spare – with Djavan's wonderful vocals backed by a small combo that mixes up samba and jazz – using ... LP, Vinyl record album
Disco Club
Atlantic/Mr Bongo (UK), 1978. New Copy
Not the throwaway disco you might expect – and instead, an excellent album in the 70s run of Brazilian soul giant Tim Maia – and one that provides a bit of a link to the legacy of his nephew Ed Motta in later years! The album's filled with uptempo tunes – as you'd expect from the ... CD
India
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 ... CD
Barclay/Universal (Japan), 1963. New Copy
Some of the first recordings done by Baden Powell outside of Brazil – and already an indication that his work with the European scene was a very good thing! The record has Powell upfront on guitar and vocals, but working with these great arrangements from arranger/trumpeter Ivan Jullien ... CD
Barclay/Universal (Japan), 1963. New Copy
An early example of the genius of Baden Powell in Europe – a record that helped the bossa guitarist break out of his usual Brazilian bag, and expand his sound a bit with appreciative influences from the Parisian scene! The record still has Powell working in the style of his early work in ... CD
Capitol (Japan), 1965. New Copy
That's Brasil 65, not Brasil 66 – a distinction that marks a key early stage for the great Sergio Mendes – heard here on one of his first albums to mix together bossa jazz and vocals! The approach here is a bit more like vintage bossa dates from Brazil – or a bit like some of the ... CD
Brazilian Scene
Philips/Verve (Japan), 1965. New Copy
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 ... CD
Verve/Universal (Japan), 1962. New Copy
One of the earliest of the classic Verve bossa nova sessions of the 60s – and a wonderful showcase for the talents of guitarist Luiz Bonfa! Most of Bonfa's previous recordings were done in a very spare or solo mode – and this set makes a nice change by adding in some larger ... CD
Windy
Verve (Japan), 1968. New Copy
One of the hardest to find Astrud Gilberto records on Verve – and one of the best! Deodato, Don Sebesky, and Pat Williams did the arrangements – and the sound here is a bit different than some of the straighter Gilberto sets of the time – still very bossa-inspired, but also in a ... CD
Beach Samba
Verve/Universal (Japan), 1967. New Copy
A great album from Astrud Gilberto – one that has her pushing past the simple bossa of early years, running through a range of 60s styles that all sound great – really opening up, finding new confidence in her vocals, and bridging a few different musical worlds in the process! There's ... CD
Musica Nossa
Ritmos Codil/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1967. New Copy
A really great 60s record from Brazilian singer Agostinho Dos Santos – an artist who has part of the class of the bossa generation, and part of the depth of the samba soul singers to come – a very unique approach that nicely puts this rare album at the crossroads of Brazilian music! ... CD
Pura Magica
Arca/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1987. New Copy
Pure magic from the lovely Maria Creuza – a singer who only seems to get more soulful as the years go on! The set's got a different feel than some of Maria's earlier work – rootsy some minutes, but with a soul-styled sophistication at others – often arranged with jazzy ... CD
Pra Seu Governo
Tapecar/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974. New Copy
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 ... CD
Canto Por Um Novo Dia
Tapecar/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973. New Copy
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 ... CD
Trajeto
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 ... CD
Ritmo Fantastico
Pawal/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1961. New Copy
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 ... CD
Decencontro De Primavera
Tapecar/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. New Copy
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 ... CD
Paixao Acesa
Arca/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1985. New Copy
Warmly wonderful sounds from Maria Creuza – really coming into her own at the time of this mid 80s set – and finding a way to blend together rootsy sounds and sophisticated production – all with a result that's a bit like Gal Costa at the time! There's a gentle feel to the set ... CD
Philips/Polysom (Brazil), 1969. New Copy (reissue)
One of the most mindblowing albums ever recorded – anywhere, anytime! This 1969 set stands as one of the greatest records ever cut by Gal Costa – done at the height of the Tropicalia movement, and featuring a sublime mix of styles that really gets the spirit of the movement right. ... LP, Vinyl record album
Philips/Polysom (Brazil), 1976. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Rozenblit/Analog Africa (Germany), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy
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 ... CD
Muse/Soul Brother (UK), 1972/1973. New Copy
A pair of amazing records from percussionist Dom Um Romao – back to back in a single set! The self-titled Dom Um Romao is an unbelievably fantastic album, and perhaps the greatest one that Dom Um Romao ever cut! Dom recorded this set in America with a blend of Brazilian and New York ... CD
Projecao (Japanese paper sleeve edition)
RGE/Bomba (Japan), 1963. New Copy
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 ... CD
Odeon/Polysom (Brazil), 1973. New Copy (reissue)
A gem of a record – one we wouldn't part with for anything! Joao Donato's best known as one of the founding fathers of bossa nova – better known for his 60s work over the years, than he was for 70s electric work like this. Fortunately, international groove hounds picked up on the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sintetizamor
Polysom (Brazil), 2017. New Copy
One of the most unusual projects we've ever heard from the legendary Joao Donato – not the bossa jazz of his roots, but instead a fresh new groove created with his son Donatinho! The music is heavy on keyboards, and definitely has the 80s vibe promised by the cover – with the younger ... LP, Vinyl record album
Polydor/Polysom (Brazil), 1968. New Copy (reissue)
A landmark album from late 60s Brazil! This is the first – and the wildest – album by this legendary group that was one of the founding forces of the Tropicalia movement – a brilliant musical statement that easily ranks with some of the most groundbreaking late 60s American work ... LP, Vinyl record album
CID/Polysom (Brazil), 1974. New Copy (reissue)
Incredible stuff – the kind of obscure Brazilian 70s album that first got us into the music in the first place, and which keeps us digging through the racks for more and more over the years! The set is the first album ever recorded by the team of Jaime Alem and Nair De Candia – both of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Forma/Polysom (Brazil), 1965. New Copy Gatefold
A landmark in Brazilian music – the first album ever from arranger Moacir Santos, and a groundbreaking blend of jazz, larger arrangements, and Brazilian rhythms – still as fresh today as it was back in the 60s! The group's a large one – with instrumentation that includes vibes, ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated June 24, 2018


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