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
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
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
Bells ... CD RGE/Discobertas (Brazil), 1966. New Copy ...
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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 ... (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
Soso Da Bahia Sings here with backings from Waltel Branco – who you might know from his own records of the 70s, and who brings a nice current of funk and soul to the mix! The approach is a bit more subtle than other samba soul records of the 70s, but definitely in similar territory – ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A Brazilian singer with a hell of a voice – the lovely Helena De Lima, whose vocal range really fits the lush moods of the tunes on the set! Things are in a more melancholy look than you'd guess from Helena's look on the cover – a nice sort of blueness that's never too overdone, and ... (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 great samba artist from the Brazilian scene – represented here by three full albums from the 60s, plus a bonus disc of rare material well! Jackson Do Pandeiro takes his name from the percussion instrument used in his music – kind of a bigger, more drum-like tambourine – used to ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A lost 70s album from the great Joao Donato – set that was never issued at the time, but which should have been the follow-up to his classic Lugar Comum! Like that set, there's great use of electric piano on the record – over subtle and funky rhythms that mix elements from the samba ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Unreleased 70s material from the great Joao Donato – taken from a time when he gave us the classic albums Quem E Quem and Lugar Comum – but hardly did anything else at all! During this time, Donato was really shifting from his bossa roots – still with a sense of modernism in his ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Galaxies ... CD RGE/Discobertas (Brazil), 1968. New Copy ...
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A cool Brazilian quartet with a very groovy sound – one gal and three guys, and a group who aren't afraid to show their love of American music! Most tunes here are sung in English, and are covers of work by Anglo groups of the time – including two especially sublime takes on tunes by ... (Brazil) 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
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
Ruy Maurity —
Ganga Brasil ... CD Som Livre/Discobertas (Brazil), 1977. New Copy ...
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Ruy Maurity didn't make very many records in the 70s, but all of them are pretty darn great – served up with this funky samba sort of style that only seems to sound better and better as the years go on! Most numbers have chorus vocals alongside Ruy's lead, and there's some electric ... (Brazil) read moreCD
The lovely Marilia Medalha turns her talents to a host of songs penned by Vinicius De Moraes – all numbers done in collaboration with the singer, at a level that's quite different than some of the other Vinicius projects of the time! The poet produced the set, and arrangements are by Edu ... (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
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
Acoustic guitar and lots of lively rhythms – a set that's somewhere in the territory of early records by Luiz Bonfa and Baden Powell, but has a nice sort of flavor that's all its own! Paulinho Nogueira has a chromatic sound to his instrument – as his guitar lines cascade out gently in ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A slightly different album than some of the better-known work of the 60s from Paulinho Nogueira – a record that still has a bossa-influenced use of acoustic guitar and production, but which also has Paulinho coming across in a warmer, more mature sort of way! The songs are all his own – ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A one-man guitar festival from the great Paulinho Nogueira – captured here in one of his later albums from the 60s, with an even richer, more sophisticated sound than before! Nogueira's skills on the strings is amazing – very different than a simple rhythmic or melodic pulse, with all ... (Brazil) read moreCD
The first album we've ever seen from Os 3 Morais – a group who also issued material in the US under the name of Os Tres Brasileiros! Although most of the group's late 60s/early 70s sides are in a sophisticated bossa style, this work carries more echoes of mid 60s pop – not really the ... (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
O Baile ... CD Equipe/Discobertas (Brazil), 1968. New Copy ...
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A really cool concept for an album by this groovy Brazilian group from the 60s – a set that features two side-long medleys of big hits from the time – both Brazilian originals and Anglo chartbusters, served up in this cool style that makes you feel like you're attending a party with a ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A rare bossa classic! Quarteto 004 is a super-hip group with a sound that mixes classic late 60s bossa instrumentation with some sweetly complex harmonies. If pushed to make a comparison, we might say the style is a bit similar to Tamba Trio, but the Quarteto 004 vocals are slyly complex in a way ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Almir Ricardi —
Festa Funk ... CD RGE/Discobertas (Brazil), 1984. New Copy ...
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A set that's definitely the funk festival promised in the title – but one that's also served up in an 80s-styled mode! Almir Ricardi sings in a soulful style, amidst lots of basslines and keyboards set up by Lincoln Olivetti and Robson Jorge – both Brazilian musicians with plenty of ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Groovy 60s pop from Brazil – a set cut at a time when the Tropicalia scene was beginning to take root, but with a vibe that's still very strongly in the mode of the Jovem Guarda years! Marcos Roberto provides a good deal of his own material here – tunes that go way past the simple ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Juarez Santana plays some mighty groovy organ on this set of instrumentals from 60s Brazil – in styles that are a lot more wide-open than the bossa and samba-styled music of the Walter Wanderley generation! Instead, Juarez draws on sounds from a whole host of sources – including a fair ... (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 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
The Solovox organ sounds mighty great here – very different than 60s Hammond, and even the up-and-coming Lowrey – as Brazilian keyboardist Ubirajara plays the instrument with all sorts of sounds and effects, but all without ever losing the groove of the tunes! Ubirajara almost has the ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Ubirajara & Seus Embaixadores De Copacabana —
Solovox De Ouro ... CD RGE/Discobertas (Brazil), 1963. New Copy ...
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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
Brightly-tripping grooves from singer/guitarist Carlinhos Vergueiro – a lesser-known Brazilian talent from the 70s, but one who works here at a level that matches some of the bigger names in MPB! The album's got a subtle sort of sophistication – a mixture of samba and jazz in the ... (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