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A great little fusion set from Airto – recorded in a mode that's a great bridge between his acoustic roots and some of his smoother albums in years to come! The sound has some key electric elements here – bits of bass, guitar, and keyboards – but there's still a strongly acoustic ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of Airto's most polished records, and an album that we've really grown to love over the years! There's a pretty strong modern soul/R&B component to the album – but at the core, there's still a strong feeling for Brazilian rhythms, and the record's got a wonderfully warm Brazilian ... LP, Vinyl record album
Extremely early work from the great Milton Nascimento – one of his first albums ever, and oddly recorded in America, not Brazil! The set was done in the A&M studios, with production by Creed Taylor – but has a spacious, soulful sound that's a lot like Milton's first few records ... LP, Vinyl record album
The first in a series of groundbreaking collaborations between a young Elis Regina and Jair Rodrigues – one of Elis' first big albums ever, recorded live before a very enthusiastic crowd! The set's a mix of bossa and samba numbers – often sung in duet mode by Elis and Jair – ... LP, Vinyl record album
A classic live set from two of the great C's of Brazilian music – Caetano Veloso and Chico Buarque, both recorded at a very influential time in their music! The image of both artists sitting alongside each other on the cover really captures the spirit of the set – as there's an ... LP, Vinyl record album
A killer album of breezy Brazilian jazz from San Francisco! The group was an obscure one, but they worked for many years as part of the underground Brazilian scene in SF – home to some bigger known players who often recorded on Fantasy Records, and smaller combos like this one, who could ... LP, Vinyl record album
Like the Quarteto Em Cy, MPB4 were one of those unique Brazilian talents who began in the 60s, and only kept improving their sound over the years. This early 80s album has the group in perfect form, harmony vocal-wise, and the arrangements on most tracks are light and jazzy, slightly modern in ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sivcua album from 1980, with a more modern sound than his older Vanguard albums, but still with some nice jazzy moments and his great accordian sound. Lots of the stuff has an uptempo jazzy samba sound to it, and the tracks include "Cabelo de Milho", "Energia", "No Tempo ... LP, Vinyl record album
Known world-round for his classic work with Sergio Mendes and Weather Report, percussionist Dom Um Romao is one of the greatest Brazilian musicians of all time, and this compilation of 1976 recordings for Pablo has him playing in a nice raw groove. The tracks have a beautifully jazzy sound, and ... LP, Vinyl record album
A great early album by this instrumental combo from the 70s – and one that's a perfect realization of their mix of rootsy instrumentation with more jazzy conceptions. The arrangements on the record are by Toninho Alves, and tracks include "Tres Tres", "Cavalo Marinho", ... LP, Vinyl record album