An unusual 70s session from singer/arranger Sidney Miller – an artist we know best from his lofty Elenco work of the 60s, but who's working here in a completely different mode! The style here is personal, almost gentle at times – following in a mode that recalls some of the Milton ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(2015 reissue on Sol Re Sol. Includes the insert.)
A perfect summation of the dearly Joao Donato at his best – a record that's awash in amazing tones, colors, and phrasing – and one that really demonstrates the subtle genius that Donato brought to his work! The album's only a trio outing – with Milton Banana on drums – but ... read moreCD
Just voice and guitar – a wonderful way to hear the talents of Gilberto Gil, especially after an array of sometimes-muddled styles used on some of his later work! This gem from the late 90s features Gilberto in one of his most stripped-down modes ever – just singing and with his own ... read moreCD
(Out of print, digipack case has some light edgewear.)
Moody guitar work by the great Baden Powell – caught live before a very appreciative audience in Paris, which was his stomping ground at the time. A few tracks are a bit quiet and introspective, but there's also some very nice bossa-inflected work, in Baden's classic style from the 60s. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Morelenbaum 2/Sakamoto —
Casa ... CD Sony, 2002. Used ...
A light and lovely album from the trio of Jacques Morelenbaum cello, Paula Morelenbaum voice, and Ryuichi Sakamoto piano! The "casa" in the title refers to the "casa" of Antonio Carlos Jobim, where part of the album was recorded – as you may well hear in the Jobim-esque ... read moreCD
Dreamy bossa pop from the A&M studios of the 60s – the Brasil 66 sound at its best! The style here is a perfect blend of real Brazilian influences and some of the hipper styles bubbling in the LA studio scene of the time – all locked together perfectly by Sergio Mendes, in the twin- ... read moreCD
A lost bossa organ classic – and one that features some vocals by Jorge Ben! The album's a rare gem from early 60s Brazil, and features Ben singing in the same soulful style as on his own early records – dancing lightly over grooves set down by organist Ze Maria, who has a wonderful ... 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
An early volume in the Red Hot series of benefit compilations, with a Brazilian theme, and as with others in the series, a broad range of artists, often pairing new with old. 21 tracks in all, some with only the most tenuous connection to Brazilian music, but others a brilliant fusion of new ... (New Grooves, Brazil)read moreCD
(Out of print. Promotional stamp on booklet and cutout hole through barcode.)
Genius work from Chico Buarque – one of his most complicated, sophisticated, and fully-realized albums – a great summation of all the brilliance he'd already brought to Brazilian music – moved forward into new territory for the 70s! The album's of the same vintage as the more ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A totally rare gem from Marcos Valle – and one of his most unusual recordings! The album is from the soundtrack from a film about the famous Brazilian race car driver Emerson Fittipaldi – and the tracks are a very unusual mix of music by Valle with some spoken passages that might be ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful live set from 1971, featuring a very stripped down set of stuff. Gal comes in at first accompanying herself on guitar, then the band slowly joins in, but never really gets in the way of her voice. The sound is spare, and the production rough, and this one has a dark moody feel to it ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing. Cover has waviness from moisture and a small tear on the opening.)
A killer set by Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66 – recorded in Japan in 1970, and never issued in the US! The album's the rarest that Sergio ever cut, and it's a real gem – a live show that features the group moving at double-speed, turning out incredibly lively versions of some of their ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Two classic albums of bossa guitar from the legendary Bola Sete – back to back on one CD! First up is 1964's The Incomparable Bola Sete – a groovy set of bossa and samba-tinged guitar tracks from Bola Sete – recorded in California with a small combo that includes Monte Budwig on ... read moreCD
Some of the most brilliantly baroque work ever recorded by Marcos Valle – an obscure 1970 album that collects together tunes from a few of his odd soundtrack experiments of the late 60s, plus a few others that are in a very similar vein! Marcos is really going over the top here – ... read moreCD
A HUGE batch of samba-soul grooves from Seu Jorge! Jorge previously knocked around Brazil as a member of the late 90s pop group Farofa Carioca, but his first solo outing is a massive step forward into the upper echelon of the Brazilian scene! Like the best of his contemporaries, Jorge uses the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition clear vinyl pressing!)
Alceu Valenca —
Vivo ... CD Som Livre (Brazil), 1976. Used ...
A great live presentation of the 70s genius of Alceu Valenca – one that really keeps the organic feel of his best work in the studio, while adding in some of the spontaneity and warmth of a concert! Valenca plays acoustic guitar and sings amidst a smallish group that includes Ze Ramalho on ... read moreCD
Great stuff from Jorge Ben! The record features a batch of 3-track medleys that combine titles that Ben recorded over the past 10 years of his career – all blended together in a tight funky way, with that excellent soulful sound that he was using in the mid 70s! The groove is great all the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Later non-gatefold Brazilian pressing. Short click on side 1, track 2, and also on side 2, track 2.)
Joao Gilberto/Caetano Veloso/Gilberto Gil/Maria B —
Brasil ... CD Philips/Universal (Japan), 1981. New Copy ...
The best of Brazil, old and new – as Joao Gilberto meets up with a younger generation of Brazilian vocalists – Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, and Maria Bethania – all for a wonderful session of stripped-down bossa! The work is very much in Joao's best style of the early 70s – ... read moreCD
A rare bossa treasure from the early years of the genre – a wicked session that features instrumentation by Oscar Castro Neves, and vocals by a host of different singers! The set's half vocal, half instrumental – and the latter feature some great sounds from Oscar's combo – a ... read moreCD
Luiz Bonfa & Maria Toledo —
Braziliana ... CD Philips/Universal (Japan), 1965. New Copy ...
Very groovy bossa tracks – very much in the mode of some of the Verve hit recordings of the mid 60s! After the success of the Astrud Gilberto/Joao Gilberto work with Stan Getz, it's clear that Philips and Luiz Bonfa wanted to get in on the act – and they've paired Bonfa's guitar with ... read moreCD
A brilliant record right from the very first note! This amazing first album by the Rio 65 Trio is a solid gem all the way through – a magical moment in the recording studio, and a record that forever changed the face of bossa! The trio features piano work by jazz legend Dom Salvador – ... read moreCD
Milton Nascimento —
Geraes ... CD Odeon/EMI (Japan), 1976. New Copy ...
Beautiful stuff – and one of Milton Nascimento's greatest albums of the 70s! The style here is a bit more subdued than on some of his later work – but in a way that's really majestic and soulful, showing the further development of Milton's unique idiom as he becomes one of the ... read moreCD
One of Milton Nascimento's darker LPs, with a great set of tracks that have a deep rock feel to them, yet which maintain all of the soulful spirit that was in Nascimento's earlier recordings. Nascimento's working here with a great set of musicians that include some of Brazil's most farthest-reachin ... read moreCD
Classic work from the great Sylvia Tellas – a Brazilian singer of the pre-bossa years, but one of the first people to bring the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim to a much wider audience! The set's got this beautiful mix of modes – some of the older, more emotive styles of Brazilian vocals ... read moreCD
A sweet electric 70s session from the mighty Joao Donato – very different than his earlier bossa work of the 60s – and with the same funky appeal as the best work on his classic Quem E Quem album! This set's got a tighter feel overall – very much in a samba soul style, with lots ... read moreCD
An album of pure genius – easily one of the greatest Brazilian albums ever, and a landmark set from the Tropicalia years! There's a brilliance here that's hard to describe accurately – quite possibly because the young Caetano Veloso is experimenting with so many new ideas, the album ... read moreCD
A pivotal album in the careers of Edu Lobo and Maria Bethania – united in a series of unique duets for this classic Elenco session from 1966! The album pre-dates most of Bethania's other work, and is done in a style that's got all the best touches of Lobo's baroque post-bossa arranging style ... read moreCD
A landmark record from Brazilian soul singer Ed Motta – the set that really got him the attention he deserved – and put him right up there in a soul music pantheon next to his famous uncle, the great Tim Maia! The set's not Ed's first, but it's the one where he really found his groove ... (Neo Soul, Brazil)read moreCD
Moacir Santos —
Maestro ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 1972. New Copy ...
Amazing 70s work from Moacir Santos – the first album the Brazilian arranger recorded for Blue Note, and a set that sparkles with warmth and soul from the very first note! The approach is a brilliant updating of the famous sound that Santos crafted in Brazil the decade before – recast ... read moreCD
Guitarist Laurindo Almeida returns to a bit of his roots here – but he also shows off a lot of the jazz experience he's picked up along the way! The album features Almeida working solo on acoustic guitar – although possibly overdubbed alongside himself at times – and while the ... (Jazz, Brazil)read moreCD
Jorge Ben —
23 ... CD WEA/Tropical Storm, 1993. Used ...
Jorge Ben continues to take his samba soul groove into the future – working here on a sweet 90s variation of his earlier mode, complete with his own wonderfully soulful vocals in the lead! Instrumentation is a bit more electronic, but as with most Brazilian soul from the time, there's a lot ... read moreCD
A late 80s album that was an attempt (one of many) to bring Caetano's wicked work to a larger audience. In this instance, Caetano is backed and produced by some New York hipsters – all with a commitment to music, and all with names that would help the album sell well in the American hipster ... read moreCD
The first (and maybe only) American release by one of the greatest Brazilian singer/songwriters of the sixties – and a record that's quite different than any Sergio Mendes work of the time, despite Sergio's name in the title! The vibe is like Lobo's best of Brazil from the late 60s – a ... read moreCD
A collection of Edu Lobo's work for Warner Brothers – featuring titles from the Limite Das Aquas session, recorded around 1980. The set's a great one if you like Lobo's work – as it takes all of the penchant for complicated jazzy and baroque scoring of earlier years, and filters it ... read moreCD
Dreamy loveliness from Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66! The album's one of their true 60s classics for A&M – a sublime blend of female vocals, Brazilian rhythms, and jazzy instrumentation – groovily dancing with a light and breezy sound that influenced a generation, and which still ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Brown label stereo pressing.)
Toni Tornado —
BR3 ... LP EMI/Polysom (Brazil), 1971. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
Funky soul from Toni Tornado – one of the first talents in Brazil's samba soul generation of the 70s! Toni's got a style that's a lot like early work by Tim Maia – a blend of American funk and soul, with traces of some of the other Brazilian arranging styles that were popular at the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album