Not one but three whopping great collections of classic albums from three titans of Brazilian music are coming out on Warner Jazz. Each multiple album pack costs about the same as a single CD.
Starting with Gilberto Gil: Refazenda, Refavela and Realce from the 1970s as well as 1984’s Raca Humana and the 2002 live recording Kaya N’Gan Daya are bundled together in simple but pleasing cardboard sleeves. These five LPs are a mere drop in the ocean of this highly prolific musical force but they are a great place to start.
The Milton Nascimento five data mainly from the 1990s and while fine, miss out on such classics as Clube da Esquina or Milton but nevertheless contain many fine tunes and Elis Regina’s tragically short career is pretty comprehensively catalogued too.
Here’s some hot underground from London Town that’s been hiding in my bag and it’s just what you need to raise Latin spirits in the bleak mid-winter.
Continue reading Wara – Wara EP
We’ve been dreaming of a new album by Sabrina Malheiros on Far Out Recordings and here it is and it’s very wide awake!
Continue reading Sabrina Malherios – Dreaming
I don’t know what The Gentlemen were on when they recorded ‘Sorriso Selbagem’ but whatever it was, we all need some more of this Psychedelic Pernambuco from Recife in the north east of Brazil.
Continue reading V/A – Psychedelic Pernambuco
The Rhythms of Black Peru
New Afro-Peruvian compilation of undiscovered gems comes out on vinyl and download.
Continue reading V/A – The Rhythms of Black Peru
With most of the UK covering in snow, what better week to launch a book dedicated to the cover art of Bossa Nova albums released in Brazil in the 1960s?
Continue reading Gilles Peterson/Stuart Baker – Bossa Nova
Dominic Miller is the Argentinean guitarist is best known for his work with Sting and even though he’s done loads of session work, it’s his own albums that showcase him the best but his latest is the exception – in a very good way.
Continue reading Dominic Miller – November
One of the titles of the year but can veteran Marcos Valle produce one of the albums of the year – you bet as he’s estatic about this!
Continue reading Marcos Valle – Estotica
Sub-titled “Psychedelia Folk, Rock, Electronica & Jazz from the Out There Edges of Brazil” this is so much more than a trip into the mid 60s to 70s as Far Out Recordings bring you a trip of a lifetime.
Continue reading V/A – Far Out Spaced Oddyssey (Vols. 1 & 2)
Get this, Will ‘Quantic’ Holland brings dub and reggae flavours to his Afro-Latin American Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno project; who much better can it get?
Continue reading Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno – Dog With A Rope
In short, its a compilation album on Soundway called Palenque Palenque: Champeta, Criolla & Afro Roots in Colombia 1975-91 – I’d say that was enough information to rush out and buy it, but if you need more…
Continue reading V/A – Palenque Palenque: Champeta, Criolla & Afro Roots in Colombia 1975-91
Radio 1′s Gilles Peterson played a track this week from the fifth Os Ipanemas album on Far Out Recordings and although it’s a busy week, these new recordings from “the original Afro-Brazilian Kings” have rarely sounded better.
Continue reading The Ipanemas – Que Beleza
It’s here at long last! The World Cup coincides with the return of the much missed Mr Bongo label with a fantastic Brazilian football themed compilation – let the drums ring out.
Continue reading V/A – Ginga: The Sound Of Brazilian Football
It is probably a coincidence that the European release of Luisa Maita’s album chimes with the opening of Southbank Centre’s multi-arts celebration, Festival Brazil.
Continue reading Luisa Maita – Lero-Lero
Now spring has sprung, welcome to the new age of Aquarius from the Brazilian music stars Joyce Moreno and Joao Donato; “beautiful and understated” is an understatement.
Continue reading Joyce & Donato – Aquarius