An amazing session of bossa organ grooves – and one of the few rare 60s sessions by keyboardist Ely Arcoverde! The record's done in a style that's similar to Ed Lincoln or Walter Wanderley's albums from the time – clean organ lines dancing over tight samba and bossa percussion – ... (Brazil) read moreCD
One of the coolest albums ever from this hip Brazilian organist – a set that just features a small combo behind his lead work on the keys – in a mode that ties the album more strongly to the world of samba and bossa jazz than any of his other records of the decade! There's still lots ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A set that's a bit mellower than some of the other 60s records by Brazilian organist Ely Arcoverde – but one that's still got a very groovy sound overall! As you'd guess by the "boleros" in the title, most tunes are ballads – slow-steppers with a great late nite vibe, which ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Wonderfully weird bossa organ from the lesser-known Ely Arcoverde – a record that stands in nice contrast to better-known 60s Brazilian organ sessions from Walter Wanderley and Ed Lincoln! The rhythms are often in a samba mode – arranged by Waldemiro Lemke – but Ely's got a way ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Some of the weirdest, wildest organ work we've ever heard – and that's coming from folks with a record collection stuffed with Jack McDuff, Jimmy Smith, and even Sun Ra! Ely Arcoverde is a bit in the territory of Brazilian 60s organ contemporary Walter Wanderley – especially in the way ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Spectacular organ from Celio Balona – a Brazilian keyboardist from the 60s, but one who's maybe a bit different than some of his contemporaries – as the range of tones and other sonic elements is nicely mixed up to really fit the spirit of the tunes – which include early numbers ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Sweet organ from 60s Brazil – somewhat in the territory of Wander Wanderley and some of his generation, but also maybe a bit more swinging and poppy overall! Celio Balona plays his instrument with a lean, clean sound – sometimes set to samba rhythms, sometimes more rock-based – ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A very cool set from the Brazilian scene of the 60s – one that combines an earlier male vocal mode with some of the organ-driven samba of the time – all with results that are pretty darn sweet! Carlinhos handles the Hammond – an instrument that soars out over lively percussion on ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A real obscurity from the Brazilian scene of the 80s – an album by a group who must have been one of the first hip hop acts to cut a record down there – working in a tight mix of old school styles and electro funk modes! There's more of a street soul approach overall – as ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A great later album from samba singer Elizeth Cardoso – one that has a sophisticated sound that really matches her maturing vocals, thanks to a nice dose of jazz in the mix! Elizeth approaches the lyrics like a grand dame of Brazilian music – with a subtle sense of majesty touched by ... (Brazil) 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 ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Conjunto Mafasoli —
Call Me ... CD Som Maior/Discobertas (Brazil), 1967. New Copy ...
There's a pair of groovy-looking kids on the cover – but the sound of the set comes from the hands of Carlinhos Mafasoli on the organ – spinning out these lean line lines that move along nicely with the mod rhythms of the tunes! The feel is maybe more mid 60s London in terms of the ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Djalma Dias —
Destaque ... CD RGE/Discobertas (Brazil), 1973. New Copy ...
Wicked samba from Djalma Dias – served up with a nice undercurrent of soul on a few tracks, too! Waltel Branco handles the arrangements, and gives the record a great little groove – one that's a mix of percussive samba elements and fuller backings at points – very lively overall, ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A late 80s album from Jorginho Do Imperio – but one that's got the same sharp samba vibe as similar records from a decade or two before! The production is great – mostly in that wide, echoey RGE Records mode – which allows the lively percussion, guitar lines, and chorus vocals to ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A different sort of record from late 60s Brazil – straighter pop, with a bit of jovem guarda instrumentation – but done with the Latin market in mind too, as all the lyrics here are in Spanish! Elizabeth is a pretty compelling singer – working with just the right hint of echo ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A very cool collection of keyboard Christmas tunes – recorded in Brazil, and with a vibe that's a bit different than other records of this nature! This isn't familiar jazz organ Christmas music, but it's also not more traditional styles too – as Lafayette handles his keys with kind of ... read moreCD
Four rare slices of work from the lovely Nara Leao – unreleased live material from 1965 through 1985 – really showing the tremendous scope and development of her music! The first CD features a live concert from 1965 – definitely with some bossa elements in the mix, but also ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Waldecir Lima —
Revelacao ... CD RGE/Discobertas (Brazil), 1964. New Copy ...
Really moody vocals from Waldecir Lima – an artist with a sound that's a lot deeper and more resonant than most other Brazilian 60s singers who were pictured on the cover holding an acoustic guitar! The style here isn't the light mode of the bossa generation – which usually comes with ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A romping little record from the Jovem Guarda years in Brazil – a time when that country was strongly embracing American rock in all its 60s styles – and turning out groovy little records like this! Prini Lorenz works before a live crowd here – in this mix of mod elements that ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A really wonderful album from this hip Brazilian 60s combo – one of the best groups to record in a samba jazz mode, even though they only gave us a handful of records at the time! The quintet is led by pianist Luiz Loy, who moves the group through rhythms that are maybe in the Zimbo Trio or ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Lygia ... CD RGE/Discobertas (Brazil), 1964. New Copy ...
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A dark-tinged set of vocal work from the lovely Lygia – a singer we only know from this rare 60s set for RGE – filled with great arrangements from maestros Gaya and Pocho, as well as bossa jazzers Manfredo Fest and The Zimbo Trio! The album's got a fuller, richer quality than many ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Very early work from Maysa – an album recorded in 1957, before her better-known bossa sides of the 60s – and a set that shows the singer in the kind of full-voiced style that first made her a legend! Masya's got a great talent for subtle drama here – a kind of deep burning vibe ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Sweetly easygoing instrumentals from pianist Helio Mendes – half dreamy and hypnotic, and half groovy and bossa! Much of it has a driving feel that reminds us bit of Ed Lincoln's albums around the same time – most of the instrumentation on these numbers is brassy and loud, with ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Great small combo work from Brazilian pianist Helio Mendes – working here in a set that's maybe even jazzier than usual, thanks to some strong trumpet lines next to the piano – and some lively rhythms that seem inspired by some of the cooler trios of the bossa scene! The tunes are a ... (Brazil) read moreCD
An unusual album from 60s Brazilian singer Miltinho – one that features vocals in Spanish, not Portuguese – issued by the Sonus label in a pressing that was one of the few by the singer to ever get distribution up in the US! The backings are maybe more 60s Latin than Brazil, too – ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A really heft collection of unreleased live recordings by this great Brazilian vocal group – one that almost seems to double their catalog of albums from the 70s! MPB4 got their start in the 60s, at a time when Brazil was really in love with harmony styles borrowed from American groups like ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Really lovely guitar work from Paulinho Nogueira – a Brazilian musician who's got some deeper currents than the usual acoustic players of the 60s – with maybe some of the richer, more complicated elements that emerged in the style of Baden Powell after he moved to Europe! The set is ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A killer second album from Os 3 Morais – a record that already shows them expanding out to some of the more unusual, more complicated harmonies that would make their EMI/Odeon albums such classics! Although these guys started out as a simple pop group, this album already has them hitting the ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A rare Mexican album from this very cool Brazilian group of the 60s – one of the sharpest guitar-based combos of the pre-Tropicalia years, stepping out in a guitar-heavy blend of vocal and instrumental tunes! The instrumentals are maybe the best – as they've got lots of really ... (Brazil) read moreCD
That's Pap, not pop – Brazilian trumpeter Papudinho, who blows his horn over some very groovy arrangements in this rare set from the start of the 70s! The vibe here is a lot like the best Odeon sessions of the Blue Brazil generation – a tight mix of jazz, samba, and soul – all ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Warmly soulful samba from Djalma Pires – a singer who's got a nice way of sliding into the groove, and a style that's maybe a bit gentler than some of his contemporaries – but in a way that still really fits the setting! Backings are in the best mode of the RGE label at the time – ... (Brazil) read moreCD
The Pops are playing in the nude on the cover, with hair that's hit the hippie norm for 1969 – but the group are still very strongly in their best guitar instrumental mode of the mid 60s – very much a Brazilian answer to some of the surf giants of the American scene during the early 60s! ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Fantastic later work from one of the coolest Brazilian groups of the 60s – the Quarteto Em Cy, a key female counterpart to some of the male harmony groups who arose during the bossa nova generation! Unlike some of those groups, though, Quarteto Em Cy kept going very strongly for decades to ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Breno Sauer Quinteto —
Sambabesso ... CD RGE/Discobertas (Brazil), 1963. New Copy ...
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The great Breno Sauer always has a great ear for blending samba rhythms and jazz – and here, he really lets that talent explode in a fantastic array of colors and tone! The instrumentation is great – Breno's vibes in the lead, with guitar, accordion, bass, and drums – the last of ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Beautiful ballads in an old school Brazilian mode – not the lighter styles of the bossa nova generation, but the richer sounds of the scene before – although maybe done with the same sort of saudade as some of the Brazilian singers to emerge in the 60s! Rosana Toledo's style here ties ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Rosana Toledo's got some mighty hefty hair on the front cover – but the album is much less stiff and formal – as the singer really taps into her emotive depths throughout – showing us that although life goes on, as promised by the title, it's not without its melancholy moments! ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Brazilian keyboardist Ubirajara plays an instrument few folks could ever make sound this groovy – the lean Solovox electric piano – whose fuzzy sounds soar out over some really great larger arrangements! Some songs are bold and brassy, others have a more exotic vibe – and ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Unusual organ lines, mixed with some great Brazilian rhythms – all at a level that's a bit unlike anything else we've ever heard! As on his other 60s records, Ubirajara plays the tiny Solovox – a very small keyboard that maybe has the tonal range of an accordion, but the guts of an ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Brazilian keyboardist Ubirajara serves up some mighty cool sounds on the Solovox – an instrument that almost feels as if an electric organ has been tied to a theremin – in a way that creates some really otherworldly sounds! The settings are relatively conventional – familiar pop ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Ubirajara & Seus Embaixadores De Copacabana —
Solovox De Ouro ... CD RGE/Discobertas (Brazil), 1963. New Copy ...
The Solovox is a mighty cool keyboard – kind of a smaller version of an electric organ, with a really otherworldly sound – and it gets a great showcase here in a hip album of 60s instrumentals from Brazil! Ubirajara plays the keys – which often have these flowing waves of sound ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A sweet 70s set from the amazing Zimbo Trio – a record that really has them stretching out with a much more complicated vibe than the bossa years – mixing in some elements of 70s Brazilian fusion, as they work with an expanded group that includes Hector Costita on sax, and Heraldo Do ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Brasa 4 ... CD Bemol/Discobertas (Brazil), 1968. New Copy ...
A cool collection of late 60s rock and pop from Brazil – and a set that stands as a nice contrast to some of the "song festival" albums from the time on Philips and Odeon! Like those sets, this one presents up-and-coming artists working through a variety of material – but ... (Brazil) read moreCD