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 just the right of lived experience to really make the lyrics resonate – all warmed up by these really nice arrangements from Sergio Carvalho, who also plays a bit of acoustic and electric piano on the set too. Dori Caymmi arranges in a few points with Sergio, and also plays piano – and titles include "Prezado Amigo", "Viver Por Esperar", "Velha Poeira", "O Nosso Olhar", "Olha Moco", and "Bebeco E Doca". CD
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 woodwinds give things a mature set of tones and colors – and titles include "Cantiga Para Yara Dormir E Sonhar", "Nos Irracionais", "A Cumplice", "Cantata Para A Condessa Alessandra", "Que Saudade", and "Por Quem Sonha Ana Maria". CD
70s soul from Brazil – and a tremendously strong effort from the legendary Tim Maia! This record was Tim's first after an initial run on Polydor – and it shows Maia tightening up his groove even more, but still avoiding the slicker sounds of later years. There's a really focused sound here that's totally great – one that shows that Maia's work was hardly just some happy cross-cultural accident, and instead the careful work of an artist who was out to challenge the best American soul acts of the time! There's a warm little groove to most of the tracks – tripping along lightly in the vein of some of our favorite US mellow soul from the mid 70s – an approach that's mostly soul, but with some funky undercurrents – and often smooth, but never cloying or overly commercial. Titles include "Ride Twist & Roll", "Flores Belas", "Let It All Hang Out", "Sem Voce", "E Necessario", "Leva O Meu Blue", "Pense Menos", and "Musica Para Betinha". CD
Roberto Menescal —
80 Anos ... CD SomLivre (Brazil), 2018. New Copy ...
Brazilian bossa legend Roberto Menescal celebrates his 80 years on the planet – in a beautiful set of jazzy grooves that feature work from some of his key collaborators, and a host of great guests too! The record boasts appearances from Marcos Valle, Wanda Sa, Lenine, Joyce, Leny Andrade, Danilo Caymmi, Zelia Duncan, Leila Pinheiro, and others – all working with Roberto in that modern bossa style that he's kept strong in recent decades – flying the flag for the coolest groove on the planet, even when the style was slightly out of favor. Roberto sings and plays guitar, and continues his great legacy as an arranger and collaborator – on titles that include "Telefone", "Agarradinhos", "Voce", "A Morte De Um Deus De Sal", "Adriana", "Nara", "Amanhecendo", "O Barquinho", "Nos E O Mar", and "Errinho Atoa". CD
Some of the coolest work we've ever heard from Moraes Moreira – a really unique hybrid of styles that includes samba soul, jazzy funk, and other Brazilian modes from the 70s – all wrapped up into a beautifully fresh and personal approach! There's elements here that would please any fan of Jorge Ben from the time, while other cuts have a more offbeat quality that echoes some of the very hip soundtrack material that was coming out at the time – especially on some of the records by some of Moraes' contemporaries on the SomLivre label. The whole thing is great – a really wonderful musical discovery – and titles include "Do Som", "Desabafo E Desafio", "Guitarra Baiana", "Sempre Cantando", "Violao Vagabundo", and "Se Voce Pensa". LP, Vinyl record album
A rare bit of glam rock from 70s Brazil – which you might have guessed from the look of Edy Star on the cover! The set's a bit different than UK glam, though – as it still carries some of the touches of the post-Tropicalia scene – particularly some of the sounds of Raul Seixas and his crew – and also includes songs written by Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, and Erasmo Carlos. Titles include "Claustrofobia", "Edyth Cooper", "Superestrela", "Sweet Edy", "Briguei Com Ela", "Olhos De Raposa", and "Pro Que Der Na Telha". LP, Vinyl record album
A great tribute to the TV music on Globo shows – with tracks that include "Irene" by Caetano Veloso, "Carolina" by Chico Buarque, "Madalena" by Elis Regina, "Travessia" by Tres Morais, "O Cafona" by Angela & Paulo Sergio Valle, "Carinhoso" by Marcio Montarroyos, and "Desacato" by Antonio Carlos E Jocafi. LP, Vinyl record album
A sweet little live set that brings together the talents of two great bossa duos of the 70s – the team of Antonio Carlos Jobim and female singer Miucha – and poet Vinicius De Moraes and guitarist Toquinho! The set is filled with very lively material that has a classic bossa feel, and there's lots of trading back and forth on the vocal leads between the group – very loose and spontaneous, more so than any studio albums recorded by either duo. Miucha's one of Jobim's better female frontline singers, and she really does a nice job with the material, and with her vocal duets with Tom. Vinicius and Toquinho are in their best post-bossa mode, and the whole set's very well put together, with the kind of classic bossa party sound of an older Elenco Records live album! Tracks include "Aqua de Beber", "Wave", "Girl from Ipanema", and "Estamos Ai". LP, Vinyl record album
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Novos Baianos —
Acabou Chorare ... LP SomLivre/Mr Bongo (UK), 1972. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
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Certainly one of the greatest albums by this excellent (and oft-overlooked!) group from the 70s! The band of young Bahians deliver a great mix of tracks tinged with bits of rock, funky samba, and even a few psychedelic influences – with alternating male and female vocals, and some excellent songwriting that places the record right up there with some of the best work by Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil from the same time! We love this one to death, and find it to be one of the few records by the group that we return to again and again – a real post-Tropicalia classic that's filled with great songs. Tracks include "Preta Pretinha", "Besta E Tu", "A Menina Danca", "Swing De Campo Grande", and "Tinindo Trincando". LP, Vinyl record album
The earliest album we've ever seen from the legendary Djavan – and a record that's even better than some of his classics for Columbia! The album has a sound that's relatively spare – with Djavan's wonderful vocals backed by a small combo that mixes up samba and jazz – using electric piano to especially great effect to give some of the best numbers a really soulful vibe! Most numbers are upbeat and lively – and not nearly as overblown as some of Djavan's later work. Titles include "Fato Consumado", "Flor De Lis", "Para Raio", "Ventos De Norte", and "E Que Deus Ajude". LP, Vinyl record album
Ze Maria —
Pescador ... CD SomLivre (Brazil), 2017. New Copy ...
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The debut album of this excellent Brazilian singer – an artist who was discovered by Ney Matogrosso, who presents him here on his own label – even though Ze Maria is clearly very much his own man too! The songs are mostly poetic tunes that evoke the northeast territory that is Maria's home – often with a warm current of acoustic guitar next to his beautiful vocals – nicely understated, but still extremely powerful wrapped around his well-penned words. Arrangements and production are by Rodrigo Campello – and titles include "Dois Passarinhos", "Por Amor", "Na Beira Da Praia", "Velho Passarinho", "Cade Voce", "Hey Hellen", and "Acorrentado". CD
Ruy Maurity —
Ganga Brasil ... CD SomLivre/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 instrumentation in the mix – but never at a level that makes things sound too commercial, as the rootsiest elements of the rhythms are always kept in place – and most numbers have raspy acoustic guitar cutting a nice edge too. Titles include "Pai Joao", "Ubirajara", "Tia Mocinha", "A Xepa", and "Festa Crioula". CD
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 arrangements, sometimes touched by the more complicated rhythmic changes that were coming into Brazilian music at the time – all providing a great backdrop for Vergueiro's deft lyrical twists and turns. All tracks are originals, and titles include "Trilha Sonora", "Homem Calado", "Panela De Pressao", "Prendas Do Lar", "Contra Corrente", and "Rendicao". CD
A never-issued album by the great Hermeto Pascoal – recorded in the space between his 70s classics Slaves Mass and A Musica Livre – and every bit as amazing as those classics! The music here is fluid, open, and a fantastic mix of jazz and all of Hermeto's new ideas about musical structure – performed at a level that's highly organic, and with that completely individual vision that Pasocal brought to his sound from the start! This isn't typical Brazilian fusion of the time, but nor is it anything like the tighter sounds that Airto and Flora Purim were recording up in the US – instead, a musical mode that's completely in its own space, and which needs only one listen to convince you of the master's genius. The group here is overflowing with young talent – Lelo Nazario on keyboards, Nivaldo Ornelas and Mauro Senise on saxes and flute, Toninho Horta on guitar, Zeca Assumpcao on bass, and Ze Eduardo Nazario on drums – all important musical visionaries on their own, working together here to hit an even new level of creativity. Aleuda Chaves sings wordlessly on a bit of the record – and the whole thing has that blend of soaring sound and lyricism that marks Pascoal at his best. Titles include "Danca Do Paje", "Natal", "Casinha Pequinina", and "Mavumvavumpefoco". LP, Vinyl record album
A wonderfully strange combination of musical elements – and one that really stands out because of that strangeness! Judith Ravitz is an Israeli singer, but she's also got a love for the music of Jorge Ben – and she recorded this sweet little set at a time when Jorge's backing group, A Banda Do Ze Pretinho, were in Israel to back her up! The result is a set of tunes that draw heavily from Ben's late 70s Brazilian funk – but which also have new lyrics added to the tunes – penned by Yaacov Gilad, and sung by Judith! If you dig the sound of Ben's albums on SomLivre, you'll find plenty to love here – and titles include "Que Pena", "Dia De Indio", "Taj Mahal", "Ive Brussel", "Zazueira", "Boiadeiro", and "Que Maravilha". LP, Vinyl record album
A pretty great record by this Brazilian singer from the 60s! The album's got some fairly dramatic material – as was Maysa's wont – and it features sophisticated arrangements by Erlon Chaves that mix a post-bossa sound with styles that were being used by some of Europe's bigger singers at the time. Includes an incredibly haunting version of "Canto De Osshana", plus "Fantasia De Cellos/Primavera", "Fantasia De Trombones/Demais", "Canto Livre", "Tristeza", and "Morrer De Amor". Also features an English version of "Just In Time" and a French version of "Ne me Quitte Pas". LP, Vinyl record album
A Brazilian duo with a really wonderful sound – one that manages to merge acoustic instrumentation, vocal harmonies, and some light electric touches – all with a sound that's both jazzy and folksy at the same time! Edu Passeto and Gui Tavares have this unique vibe that maybe reminds us a bit of some of the Quarto Records material at the end of the 60s – and a warmth that might put them somewhere in the territory of Joyce – but, as with so many one of a kind Brazilian records from the golden years, there's something going on here that's very much its own – and which makes this obscure indie treasure the kind of record you'll keep going back to over the years, finding something new every time. Titles include "Vento Me Traz", "Canto Livre", "Heroi De Jornal", "Noite Que Brincou De Lua", "Seguir", and "Menino De Pindorama". LP, Vinyl record album
A captivating slice of work from Brazil – not the samba, bossa, or even Tropicalia sounds you might be used to – but instead a selection of tracks that owe plenty to the changes in soul, rock, and pop that took place in the Anglo world during the 80s! Much of this music has a fair bit of electronics, in both the rhythms and melodic instrumentation – but there's also this warmth that bubbles up right from the start, as in some of the best crossover cuts from the UK during the early part of the decade – particularly cuts that played well on both the rock and soul charts! No surprise, there's a great Sade cover on the album – alongside lots of other cuts that share a similar vibe – titles that include "Saramandaia" by Dado Brazzawilly, "Cheira (7" version)" by Batista Junior, "Break Da Rua (long version)" by Villa Box, "A Festa E Nossa" by Grupo Controle Digital, "Voce Vai Se Lembrar" by Ricardo Bomba, "Tabu" by Vania Bastos, "Africamerica" by Dodo Da Bahia, and "Love Is All" by Via Negromonte. Also includes a few new mixes – "Contos De Escola (Milos Kaiser edit)" by Os Abelhudos, and "Livre Pra Voar (Milos Kaiser edit)" by Nanda Rossi. CD