Mr Bongo reminds us once again why they've been one of our favorite labels of the past few decades – delivering a masterful collection of rare funky dancefloor grooves around the globe for their Record Club Volume 3! True to form, it's vintage rare funk, bossa, Afro Soul and underground ... (Funky Compilations, Brazil)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wickedly cool work from this overlooked Brazilian singer – a record that's got a strong sense of soul in the grooves, and a great sense of imagination in the choice of songs! Celia sings early work by Joyce, Lo Borges, Nelson Angelo, and others – with these shifting arrangements from ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Banda Black Rio —
Maria Fumaca ... LP Atlantic/Mr Bongo (UK), 1977. New Copy (reissue)...
An excellent album by one of the greatest Brazilian funk bands ever – a wonderful blend of funk, jazz, and soul – and a set that rivals any of the best work coming from the US at the time! These guys are right on the money right from the start – moving through sharp changes with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic 70s album from this legendary harmony quartet – a female group that first emerged during the bossa generation in 60s Brazil, but who seem to hit an even more sublime sound with this rare gem from 1972! The setting is kind of post-bossa – maybe in the territory that Marcos ... read moreCD
Helena Meirelles looks like a bit of a cowboy on the cover, and she sounds a bit like one too – but with a spin that's very much part of the Brazilian heritage from which she sprang! Meirelles plays the Brazilian violao here – kind of a rougher, louder sort of acoustic guitar – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Eve (Everaldo Marcial) —
Canto Aberto ... LP Free Lance/Kosmos (France), 1978. New Copy (reissue)...
Eve isn't Adam's partner, but instead Brazilian musician Everaldo Marcial – an artist who fled the dictatorship in the 70s for a new home in France – where he recorded this beautiful album in the second half of the 70s! The set's got some of the best hybrid modes of other ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic early bossa session from Wilson Simonal! His deep soulful voice is in perfect form – and it sounds super next to sweet lilting arrangements by the great Lyrio Panicalli – who uses larger orchestrations to open up that soulful side of Wilson's vocals – the sort that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Everybody's favorite bossa album just got a little better! Bebel Gilberto's Tanto Tempo set is one of the recent runaway hits of Brazilian music – a lively set of modern bossa tunes that has crossed over with listeners around the globe, bringing the sound of the bossa to a whole new ... read moreCD
An overlooked gem from Airto – recorded after his 70s years on bigger labels, but a set that almost tops all of them in the end! There's a wonderful mix going on here – a blend of rootsy and electric, and Latin and Brazilian – the former clearly from the placement of the record ... read moreCD
The first-ever album from the legendary Tamba Trio – and the start of an amazing 60s run that really set them apart from other bossa combos of the time! The group hits hard right out of the box with the amazing piano of Luiz Eca and sublime vocal harmonies sung by all three members of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mid 60s mono Mexican pressing, 10089. Appears to be signed by the artists. Cover has some wear and a bit of masking tape along the bottom.)
Insanely great sounds from the legendary Tim Maia – easily the most soulful singer in 70s Brazil, and an artist with a heck of a strong ear for funk, too! The music here is an incredible hybrid of American soul and Brazilian elements – especially since some lyrics are in English – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A truly beautiful tribute to the classic songcraft of Antonio Carlos Jobim – done with warmth, reverence and soul-stirring voice and guitar by Vinicius Cantuaria! The Tom Jobim songbook is timeless, of course, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that one of the finer Brazilian voices of a ... read moreCD
(Digipack case has some edgewear.)
Ed Motta —
Dwitza ... CD Universal (Brazil), 2002. Used ...
Incredible stuff – an instant classic, and a record that will blow your mind! Ed Motta is known to most as one of Brazil's leading soul singers – a nephew of Tim Maia, and the one true heir to the unique Brazilian soul sound that Maia formed in the 70s. And while we've loved Ed's ... (Neo Soul, Brazil)read moreCD
A treasure – some of the first and best bossa nova work ever recorded! This completely essential set compiles most of Joao Gilberto's early recordings for the EMI/Odeon label in Brazil – remarkably influential tracks recorded from the years 1958 to 1961, featuring a young Joao on ... read moreCD
Fab work from one of our favorite organ players of all time – the mighty Walter Wanderley, king of the bossa keyboard, sounding totally great in this early session from 1963! The album predates Wanderley's famous work for Verve – and has a sound that's slightly expanded from that era, ... read moreCD
A nice batch of spirited visions of the work of the great Tom Jobim from throughout the years – by a top shelf line up of compatriots, contemporaries, and offspring including Caetano Veloso, Gal Costa, Os Cariocas, Zizi Possi, Nara Leao, Tambo Trio and others! There are 14 tracks in the set, ... read moreCD
A whopping great collection of work by the great Marcos Valle – and a wonderfully priced way to dip into his rich career! The package features 28 tunes from Marcos' groundbreaking years at the Odeon label – starting with his early rare bossa sides from the mid 60s, moving into his ... read moreCD
One of the first great moments on record from the legendary Elis Regina – a singer with a hell of a voice, and one that had already been winning over huge crowds in Brazil – which is probably why this album, like most of her first, was done in a live setting! The vibe here is different ... read moreCD
Mostly – or essentially – a set of tunes penned by the legendary Hermeto Pascoal – swung strongly by the combo of vibist Eric Charlston! The groove is straighter than most of Pascoal's recordings, but no less inventive – as Eric plays vibes and marimba, and the group behind ... (Jazz, Brazil)read moreCD
A wildly eclectic brew of driving heaviness, looser trippiness, and even some delicate moments from Billy Bond – a more freewheeling and ambitious mix of post psychedelic wildness from Brazil's Billy Bond & co! Volume 3 from 1972 is made up of 2 lengthy suites, " Lado 1 – ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd —
Jazz Samba ... LP Verve, 1962. New Copy (reissue)...
One of those records that no home should be without – not only a pivotal album in the growth of bossa nova in the 60s – but a set that also really helped set the career of tenorist Stan Getz on fire! The real credit here might almost go to guitarist Charlie Byrd – as Byrd was a ... (Jazz, Brazil)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono teal label pressing. NOTE – Vinyl has deep and jagged marks on both sides, plays with skips and crackles. Cover is still in decent shape however, but with some wear and small holes in the plastic outer sleeve.)
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
A landmark album – not just in Brazilian music, but in all modern music in general! The set's a legendary manifesto for the Tropicalia movement in Brazil – and features key works by all the leading musical luminaries in the movement – including a few later stars who are heard ... 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 live album from Milton Nascimento, but a set that's got all the majesty of his studio work of the 70s – thanks to a core group that's really wonderful, and some larger orchestrations that must have taken up a fair bit of space on the stage! Nascimento's got that wonderfully expressive ... read moreCD
Milton Nascimento —
Anima ... CD Mercury (Japan), 1982. New Copy ...
An ambitious early 80s session from Milton Nascimento – done in the style begun by his Minas and Geraes albums, and infused with an ever-growing sense of soul that makes even the mellower numbers sound great! There's a more popular approach to the songwriting here – one that goes a bit ... read moreCD
One of Maria Bethania's great collaborations with arranger Jaime Alem – an artist we loved as part of the team of Jaime & Nair back in the 70s, and who's really helping Bethania find some deeper space here in the middle years of her career! At a time when Maria had moved into some of the ... read moreCD
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 ... read moreCD
One of the most striking albums recorded by Baden Powell for the Elenco label in Brazil – a post-bossa affair that's filled with lots of lively samba touches! The feel is quite different than some of Powell's earlier recordings – as the tunes bounce and dance along on a highly ... read moreCD
A great one from Nara Leao's "back to bossa" years in the late 80s – a set that has the lovely vocalist working through older American standards – but done here with new lyrics in Portuguese and some great bossa backings from Roberto Menescal! Menescal's airy style proved to ... read moreCD
One of the loveliest of all the bossa singers is caught here in some superb arrangements by Oscar Castro-Neves! The set's got a wonderful feel – with moments that are rootsier than your average bossa diva record, and others that are baroque enough to hint at the direction Nara would take a ... read moreCD
A lovely early album by the great Nara Leao! The record is from the key year of 1967, when Nara cut some of her most fantastic early work – and the set list features some of the more sophisticated tunes of her earlier sessions – tracks that mix up up samba, bossa, and tracks in other ... read moreCD
A beautiful early gem from Nara Leao! This one has a similar feel to her classic O Canto Livre album – in that it's got a deeper approach than some of her bossa work, with a mix of some of the more complicated, slightly folksy styles used by singers like Geraldo Vandre or Chico Buarque De ... read moreCD
An amazing early album by Nara Leao – one that features mostly spare vocals and acoustic guitar, plus some additional percussion – coming off in a style that's halfway between the best 60s work of Geraldo Vandre and early albums by Joyce! Nara's vocals are incredible – really ... read moreCD
Classic bossa mixed with more ambitious touches for the 70s – easily one of the greatest records ever to come from the team of Vinicius and Toquinho! The record has vocals by both, often layered on top of each other with a wonderfully spacious feel that spreads out beautifully between the ... read moreCD
A bold leap forward from Gilberto Gil – his first album recorded during the Tropicalia years, and an amazing collaboration with arranger Rogerio Duprat! The album's got a sound that really bridges scenes in Brazil – elements of older folkloric musics, folded with samba rhythms, folded ... read moreCD
Tremendously beautiful work from Claudette Soares – and just the kind of record to show why she was different than some of her contemporaries in Brazil! The album's got a nice little groove on most numbers – even the mellower ones – a style that's a bit like the best Blue Brazil ... read moreCD
A really wonderful album from Quarteto Em Cy – the Brazilian vocal quartet who first rose to prominence during the bossa nova years, but soon moved into even more sophisticated material during the 70s! The approach of this set is telegraphed in the title – as the group take on songs ... read moreCD
Light and lively work from the great Gal Costa – a set that's light years away from her Tropicalia experiments of a decade before, but which is equally beautiful in its own sort of way! First off, Gal's vocals are amazing – more expressive and dynamic than in the early days – ... read moreCD
Caetano Veloso & Gilberto Gil —
Barra 69 ... CD Polygram/Universal (Japan), 1969. New Copy ...
A seminal live set that brings together two giants of the Tropicalia scene – Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, recorded here in a rough-edged performance from 1969! The format has the artists alternating songs throughout the set, then coming together for a duet at the end – and the ... read moreCD
Caetano Veloso —
Livro ... CD Polygram/Universal (Japan), 1997. New Copy ...
A great 90s album by Caetano Veloso – a beautiful re-awakening of his genius in the later years of his career! The sound here is as fresh, creative, and personal as on some of Veloso's best post-Tropicalia albums of the 70s – served up in a blend of spare percussion, edgey guitars, and ... read moreCD
An excellent early gem by one of Brazil's greatest singers! The record captures Elis Regina at a prime early stage – when her voice was raw and filled with emotion, and when she was backed by some excellent arrangements that blended jazz, bossa, and more complicated vocal settings. The ... read moreCD
One of the first albums ever by this legendary bossa singer! Even at this young age, Elis Regina diplays a talent for interpretation and an emotional power that few other Brazilian vocalists could match – a way of putting over a tune that brought a whole new level of sophistication to ... read moreCD
A sweet little album from Laurindo Almeida and his "Bossa Nova All Stars" – not a group of Brazilian musicians, and instead a hip set of LA players who really help make the set sparkle! There's a bit more jazz here than on some of Laurindo's other Capitol records of the time – ... (Now Sound, Brazil)read moreCD
An overlooked bit of mid 80s bossa – a live set that features Antonio Carlos Jobim on piano and vocals, plus some great additional help from Gal Costa! The work here is a nice maturation of older bossa modes – slightly darker than before, and with a rich feeling that represents the ... read moreCD
Toninho Horta —
Moonstone ... CD Verve/Universal (Japan), 1989. New Copy ...
A lovely blend of fusion and Brazilian roots – and one of Toninho Horta's standout sets from his US years at Verve! The album's got a warm, organic feel that's quite different from other American fusion of the time – still filled with some of the influences that drove that music in the ... read moreCD
A beautiful American release from Toninho Horta – and one that features some great guest work by Joyce too! The sound here is a nice extension of Horta's early EMI albums in Brazil – a bit more jazz-based and somewhat polished – but still light years away from the sound of ... read moreCD
Beautiful work from the incredible Nara Leao – a record that's lightly driven by the bossa, but with some sadder and darker touches that really set the sound apart! Backings on most tracks are simply spare percussion, and an acoustic guitar follows Nara's vocals as they dart in and out of ... read moreCD
One of the grooviest records ever from the lovely Astrud Gilberto – a session that beautifully mixes her usual bossa nova with bits of Sunshine Pop and other hip late 60s grooves – all in a mode that really takes off a lot more than other Gilberto albums on Verve! The style here is ... read moreCD
A funky fusion of post-millenium Brazilian club groove and contemporary hip hop from Marcelo D2! MD2 does a great job of demonstrating the all inclusive groove at the core of disparate musical elements. Almost every tune has a sound rooted in percussive samba, but the vibe stretches through ... (New Grooves, Brazil)read moreCD
The third album from the legendary Os Mutantes – part of the essential trio of sides released during the Tropicalia years! The record's got a sound that's tighter and a bit more straightforward than their previous efforts – stricter song formats, and styles that lean heavily on rockish ... read moreCD
Apka ... CD Six Degrees, 2020. New Copy ...
Ceu seems to be an even stronger singer here than before – still able to drift in and out of an easygoing rhythm when she wants, but also more suited to take on tunes with a more soulful vibe – which includes a number of standout tunes that really make the record shine! There's still ... read moreCD
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
There's plenty of bossa nova here – as the lovely Leila Pinheiro is working alongside Roberto Menescal – that famous Brazilian talent from the 60s, who was reemerging in the 80s to help bring back the music with a few key singers! Roberto's gentle groove works wonders with Leila – ... read moreCD
Soaring strings and bossa piano – a tremendous combination in the hands of Luiz Eca – working here at a time when the arranger was first making his name with the Tamba Trio! The set's one of Eca's gems from the 60s under his own name – and it's got a style that echoes the mix of ... read moreCD
Sublime bossa jazz from one of the greatest combos on the Brazilian scene of the 60s – the crackling trio led by drummer Milton Banana, a really tremendous player no matter what the setting! The album bristles with energy from the very first note – virtually a blueprint for the sound ... 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
A set of compositions penned by Roberto and Erasmo Carlos – sung by Maria Bethania in a warmly personal setting! The style here gets away from any of the too-romantic qualities that can sometimes mar presentation of the Carlos' brothers work – and instead, Bethania uses her innate ... read moreCD
Maria Bethania —
25 Anos ... CD Universal (Japan), 1990. New Copy ...
A beautiful tribute to 25 years in Brazilian music by Maria Bethania – and a record that's easily one of her greatest efforts from later years! The album's something of an all-star effort – with guest vocals from Nina Simone, Joao Gilberto, Gal Costa, and others – and tremendous ... read moreCD
A really beautiful early album from Baden Powell, and a really unique one as well – as the set features some guest work from harmonica player Mauricio Einhorn – a very jazzy talent who was a bit like the Toots Thielemans of Brazil at the time! The combination of harmonica and acoustic ... read moreCD
A tripped-out batch of hard jamming tracks from ex-Mutante Rita Lee – recorded with assistance from all the members of the group at the time, but in a mode that's quite different overall! Lee is clearly the star of the show here – singing all lyrics with a much fiercer vocal approach ... read moreCD
One of the greatest Baden Powell albums of the 60s – a beautiful little set that's co-crafted by the bossa guitarist and Brazilian drummer Jimmy Pratt! The arrangements are a bit unusual for Powell – and feature lots of small combo woodwinds grooving around the tight percussion of ... read moreCD
Incredible early bossa material from one of Brazil's greatest singers! The record is lively, yet sophisticated – with strong arrangements by Gaya and Moacir Santos, and a vocal approach by Nana that really moves past the sweeter sound of other bossa singers – into a mode that's rich ... read moreCD
Funky funky samba! Trio Mocoto are a unique group in Brazilian music. They're best known as the backing group for Jorge Ben during some of his mid 70s Africanist recordings, but they've also cut a rare few recordings on their own – including this excellent gem from 1971! The album's got a ... read moreCD
A one of a kind record that still sparkles as brightly today as it did back in the late 60s – an amazing collaboration between Brazilian vocalist Elis Regina and Scandinavian jazzman Toots Thielemans – done in a style that easily makes it one of the best records ever from both artists! ... read moreCD
Beautiful bossa from late 60s France – a really lovely session that mixes the vocals of Tita with jazzy backings from Trio Camara – who we know from their own legendary album on the Saravah label! The sound here is a bit different than bossa from Brazil – somewhat darker at ... read moreCD
Gracinha Leporace —
Gracinha ... CD Philips/Universal (Japan), 1968. New Copy ...
Great early work from singer Gracinha Leporace – a vocalist you might know from her later work in Bossa Rio, or her recordings with husband Sergio Mendes! Even at the start, Gracinha's a hell of a singer – a vocalist who's capable of all the coolness of the bossa era, yet still richly ... read moreCD
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. ... read moreCD
One of the most legendary groups from the bossa era in Brazil – a combo of incredible players, working with sublime arrangements by Eumir Deodato – all in a sound that hardly been matched again! The group only ever recorded two albums, but they've had a lasting impact on the sound of ... read moreCD
A later album by Brazilian genius Hermeto Pascoal – but a set that crackles with all the fire and imagination of his classic recordings! The mood here takes us back to Slaves Mass or A Musica Livre – a mad mix of catchy rhythms, tight jazzy solos, and an insane approach to arrangement ... read moreCD
Ivan Lins —
Juntos ... CD Universal (Japan), 1984. New Copy ...
A stone classic from the great Ivan Lins – a set recorded at a time when he was fast becoming a big name on the global scene, not just in Brazil – thanks to his wonderful sense of songwriting and lyricism! The album's almost a celebration of all that Lins had done so far – put ... read moreCD
A brilliant early album by Ivan Lins – much more experimental than his earlier work, handled with a unique style that mixed together some of the baroque pop of artists like Marcos Valle or Edu Lobo, touches of the trippy Tropicalia era, and a masterful sense of lyrical presentation that ... read moreCD
Incredible work from Tania Maria – recorded in France right before her departure for bigger fame in the US! The set's got a fully jazzy feel that we really really love – one that has Tania's fluid vocals and soulful piano alongside backings that are expanded past her usual trio – ... read moreCD
A classic from the American 80s run of Tania Maria – a moment when the Brazilian singer hit our shores, started adding a bit more soul to her music, and really opening up her style! Tania had been recording for nearly two decades by the time of this set – first in Brazil, then in ... read moreCD
A fantastically hard bossa nova jam led by the legendary Milton Banana – a man not only known as Joao Gilberto's favorite drummer, but also as one of the architects of bossa nova drumming and percussion! The album is full of non-stop drums and piano grooves, and it's a mostly uptempo treat ... read moreCD
Maria Bethania —
Alibi ... CD Universal (Japan), 1978. New Copy ...
Strong work by Maria Bethania from the late 70s – a session that has her tightening up her sound a bit more than before, but without any loss of her sense of drama or emotion! The album was recorded with a number of different musical backgrounds, including many small group settings with ... read moreCD
Early work from Doris Monteiro – a set that's much more bossa-oriented than some of her later work – and recorded in the brilliant style of the Elenco label, with backings by Hammond genius Walter Wanderley! The record's got a light lively style – with Walter's organ grooving in ... read moreCD
Trio Esperanca —
Segundo ... CD Philips/Universal (Japan), 1995. New Copy ...
Incredibly beautiful work from this trio of female Brazilian singers – a group who recorded in France in the 90s, but who have a quality that goes right back to some of the best harmonies of the bossa nova generation! Most of the tracks are straight acapella, and feature haunting vocal ... read moreCD
The first French album recorded by this legendary Brazilian trio – but one that also features plenty of guests from their homeland – including Djavan, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Ivan Lins, Joao Bosco, and Milton Nascimento! The group sing in a mode that's every bit as acapella as ... read moreCD
A landmark meeting of two Brazilian generations – important songwriter Dorival Caymmi, the man who introduced a new sense of poetry to Brazilian music – and the great Antonio Carlos Jobim, the man who revolutionized the world with his bossa nova arrangements! This set has a nicely lean ... read moreCD
Brazilian accordion player Dominguinhos first got his start in forro – but here, the sound is something else entirely – a very groovy mode that you might expect from the style of the cover! There's still plenty of accordion on hand, but it's often mixed with arrangements that have some ... read moreCD
A sweet mix of vocal and instrumental tracks from Toquinho – the Brazilian singer/guitarist who recorded famously with Vinicius De Moraes in the 70s, and who definitely learned a sense of poetry from that association! The work here is relatively mellow, but in a way that shows the maturing ... read moreCD