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Ana Caram - Hollywood Rio (2004)

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Ana Caram - Hollywood Rio (2004)

Ana Caram - Hollywood Rio (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 241 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 98 Mb | Scans ~ 37 Mb
Brazilian Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Bossa Nova | Label: Chesky | # JD276 | Time: 00:42:25

A superior Brazilian jazz singer, Ana Caram takes a slight detour on this CD, stretching her repertoire while mostly still performing in a style influenced by bossa nova. One does not get to hear such songs as "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You," "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head," "Smile," and "As Time Goes By" in a bossa nova setting that often. Also unusual is that Michel Freidenson plays all of the instruments other than the reeds (which are performed by Lawrence Feldman), and most of his electronic instruments sound real enough not to be an issue. The focus throughout is on Caram's lovely voice and she excels on this material, showing that it really is not what you sing but how you sing it. Recommended.

VA - Bossa Nova: The Smoothest Tunes For The Coolest People (2003) 4CD Box Set

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VA - Bossa Nova: The Smoothest Tunes For The Coolest People (2003) 4CD Box Set

VA - Bossa Nova: The Smoothest Tunes For The Coolest People (2003) 4CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.62 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 624 Mb | Scans ~ 143 Mb
Label: Universal International Music B.V. | # 0602498088999 | Time: 04:31:29
Bossa Nova, MPB, Samba, Brazilian Jazz, Tropicalia, Easy Listening

Bossa Nova translated as the "new beat" or "the new style", grew out of Rio De Janeiro in 1958. The instigators were a handful of artists with a desire to break from tradition, developing the samba rhythms with the influence of cool American jazz to find a music with such a warm soul and natural rhythm that no-one can help but tap and sway to its beat. Bossa Nova is palm trees swaying, it is like melting sugar in hot coffee, it is the setting sun and warm sand underfoot. It is the sound and beat of Brazil, it is one of the world's coolest musical styles and it remains to this day one of the world's great musical treasures.

Flora Purim - That's What She Said (1978) Remastered 2001

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Flora Purim - That's What She Said (1978) Remastered 2001

Flora Purim - That's What She Said (1978) Remastered 2001
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 250 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 88 Mb | Scans included
Label: Original Jazz Classics, Milestone | # 00025218705721 (OJCCD-1057-2)
Jazz Fusion, Brazilian Jazz, Vocal Jazz | Time: 00:35:39

This Fusion gem puts one of the most underated vocalist together with a few 70's fusion heavyweights and out comes a very enjoyable recording. George Duke, Alphonso Johnson, Airto and friends put out some of the hippest fusion in the 70' & 80's. Flora uses their musical abilities to the max on "That's What She Said." Using a variety of wordless vocal technics layered over electric keyboards and driving rhythms, these songs capture the fun and freedom that fusion later lost as it grew more commercial. Flora's entire catalog is ripe with music like this.

Astrud Gilberto - Verve Jazz Masters 9 (1993)

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Astrud Gilberto - Verve Jazz Masters 9 (1993)

Astrud Gilberto - Verve Jazz Masters 9 (1993)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 276 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 116 Mb | Scans ~ 58 Mb
Bossa Nova, Brazilian Jazz, Vocal Pop | Label: Verve | # 519 824-2 | Time: 00:50:00

Astrud Gilberto's entry in the nicely appointed Verve Jazz Masters compilation series shows exactly why the Brazilian singer is deserving of such an accolade. In her '60s heyday, Gilberto was often derided by jazz purists for her vibrato-less "desafinado" (deliberately slightly off-pitch) singing style and deadpan, childlike voice. But the diminutive bossa nova star has since been a huge influence on dozens of jazz and pop singers. VERVE JAZZ MASTERS is less of a greatest hits package than it is a smartly balanced retrospective of many of Gilberto's best performances. Her biggest hits, "Call Me" and "Summer Samba," are not included, and her signature tune, "The Girl From Ipanema," is only represented by a live take from a 1964 Carnegie Hall concert. The collection places equal emphasis on Gilberto's bossa nova-style interpretations of jazz standards and on her signature Portuguese-language sambas.

Astrud Gilberto - The Silver Collection: The Astrud Gilberto Album (1991)

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Astrud Gilberto - The Silver Collection: The Astrud Gilberto Album (1991)

Astrud Gilberto - The Silver Collection: The Astrud Gilberto Album (1991)
XLD | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 346 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 144 Mb | Scans included | 01:02:11
Bossa Nova, Brazilian Jazz, Lounge, Vocal Pop | Label: Verve | # 823 451-2

Astrud Gilberto has never been properly anthologized by Verve Records; although they've released a number of compilations over the years, none of them have been definitive, and most of them have been rather skimpy. 1987's The Silver Collection, originally released only in Europe but later imported to North America, is an idiosyncratic selection. It omits "The Girl From Ipanema," her biggest hit, includes all 11 tracks from her 1965 release The Astrud Gilberto Album, and adds on a selection of singles and album tracks recorded from 1965 to 1970 with no particular logic. All that said, however, it's still one of the best compilations available of this idiosyncratic but brilliant singer's '60s material. Jazz purists turn up their noses at Gilberto, correctly pointing out her near total lack of technical ability. However, the Brazilian songbird's appealingly plain voice, with its deliberately wobbly pitch (the "desafinado" style celebrated in Antonio Carlos Jobim's song of that title), total lack of vibrato, and deadpan phrasing, is a delight for those attuned to its charms.

Azymuth - Brazilian Soul (2004) [Japanese Edition]

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Azymuth - Brazilian Soul (2004) [Japanese Edition]

Azymuth - Brazilian Soul (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 465 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 197 Mb | Scans included
Label: Far Out Recordings | # COCB-53246 | Time: 01:07:48
Brazilian Jazz, Fusion, Jazz-Funk, Bossa Nova

hree decades after Azymuth made their first tentative steps into bossa nova society, Brazilian Soul is a return to their blistering form of the early '80s. The new album sees them borrowing from the musical vocabulary that has always been one of the most exciting narratives of Brazilian music, as well as indulging their enthusiasm for new sounds that still makes them heroes and inspirations to a generation of 21st Century producers, from 4Hero to Masters At Work. They have linked up again with a truly great cast of celebrated Brazilian performers, some who were there at the genesis of Azymuth, and some who hitched a ride during the last 30 years – any history of Brazilian music that didn’t include names featured on the album like Roberto Menescal, Fabiola, Emilio Santiago and Marcio Lott wouldn’t be one to be trusted. Although their sound hails from the tropical funk scene which emerged in Rio in the mid '70s, their music is still as pertinent now as was then – their live shows demonstrate that the percussive furnace which drives their sound is still burning bright.

Azymuth - Butterfly (2008) [Japanese Edition]

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Azymuth - Butterfly (2008) [Japanese Edition]

Azymuth - Butterfly (2008) [Japanese Edition]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 289 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 102 Mb | Scans ~ 78 Mb
Brazilian Jazz, Jazz-Funk, Fusion | Label: Far Out/Victor | # VICJ-61569 | 00:44:35

Fourteen years is a long time to spend with one label, especially for jazz and fusion groups. Azymuth celebrated 14 years with the United Kingdom's Far Out label in 2008. Butterfly is their eight record for the imprint and their first new studio album in four years. The original trio – Jose Roberto Bertami (keyboards/vocals), Alex Malheiros (bass/guitars/vocals), and Ivan Conti (drums/percussion/vocals) – is still together after 35 years. Here jazz, funk, fusion, and elegant samba are woven together seamlessly. The disc was produced by the trio with David Brinkworth (Harmonic 33). "Butterfly," the album opener, is a sultry, breezy cover of the classic Herbie Hancock track, originally on 1974's Thrust. The elegant sound of gorgeously arranged strings (by Arthur Verocai no less), warm rolling Rhodes piano, Conti's breaking drums that walk the line between lithe funk and samba, and a pronounced but languid bassline gradually and deliberately build the space, stopping at interludes to reinsert the sensuous mood in the melodic line. Certainly it's an auspicious way to begin, but it's only one of the many highlights on this set.

VA - Blue Brazil, Vol. 1: Blue Note In A Latin Groove (1994)

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VA - Blue Brazil, Vol. 1: Blue Note In A Latin Groove (1994)

VA - Blue Brazil, Vol. 1: Blue Note In A Latin Groove (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 346 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 126 Mb | Scans ~ 58 Mb | 00:55:18
Brazilian Jazz, Latin Jazz, Samba, Bossa Nova, MPB | Label: Blue Note | # 7243 8 29196 2 9

Finally Blue Note issues a Latin collection from its Italian (Italiana SPA) and Brazilian (EMI-Odeon) vaults that reveals the true diversity of its catalog and exploits some of the serious sensuous grooves that DJs have been spinning for over a decade. This is the first of three volumes, all of which feature the rarest most representative tracks from the various trends in jazz that grew out of Brazilian pop in the '60s, '70s, and even '80s. For starters, there's the mean brass swagger of Luis Amuda Perez on "Upa Neguinho," which was written by Edu Lobo. Besides being a popular dance tune (you can hear that in the opening measures), it is a masterpiece of Brazilian big band arrangement. Also featured is the stellar "Noa Noa," a trademark of Sergio Mendez. This is a tough bossa nova trio jam, with arpeggiated piano figures cutting right through the rhythms in the tune. In addition, Mandrake Som's "Beriambu" was the first to utilize in a swinging pop jazz context the use of the one string percussion instrument – there's also a very soul-jazzy sax solo in the break. This set's full of warm, frighteningly good examples of bossa, samba, and even the MPB and Joven Guarda rhythms as they inform folk and jazz melodies and modal figures.

Tania Maria - Brazil With My Soul (1978) {Universal}

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Tania Maria - Brazil With My Soul (1978) {Universal}

Tania Maria - Brazil With My Soul (1978) {Universal}
EAC 0.99pb4 | FLAC Image level 8 | Cue+Log | Full Scans 300dpi | 239MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 107MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Brazilian Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Bossa Nova, Post-Bop

Tania Maria's debut is a mix of hushed bossa numbers and up-tempo, jazz-inflected sambas that show off the prowess of her nine-piece band. "Zé," which belongs to the latter category, is an original tune that begins with Maria's slightly over-the-top scatting and builds into a kickin' samba jam; on "Para Chick," a Tom Jobim instrumental, the group is at its most improvisational, with Maria herself (on piano) dishing out some fine solos; and on the tempo-shifting "Ideias E Ideias," Maria manages to sound like Astrud Gilberto and Ella Fitzgerald within the span of a few chord changes. Though it's heavy on the standard bossa/samba fare, it's also a uniformly solid album and a fine introduction to Maria's catalog.

Irio De Paula - Sarava Jobim (2000) {Pacific Time}

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Irio De Paula - Sarava Jobim (2000) {Pacific Time}

Irio De Paula - Sarava Jobim (2000) {Pacific Time}
EAC 1.1 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 300dpi | 339MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 139MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Brazilian Jazz

Guitarist Irio de Paula is a very talented South American master of bossa nova and samba, but he is hampered somewhat by the commercial backgrounds surrounding his marvelous solos on this studio date. With an unidentified rhythm section and the bland keyboard work of Riccardo Ballerini, his brilliant effort is shortchanged by Ballerini's uninspired background charts. If one can tune out the keyboards and string section, it is possible to appreciate de Paula's performances of "Triste," "Desafinado," "Dindi," and "So Danco Samba." But de Paula has been far better served by the musicians with whom he has been paired when recording for producer Paolo Piangiarelli's Philology label.

Gilberto Gil - O Eterno Deus Mu Danca (1989) {Warner}

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Gilberto Gil - O Eterno Deus Mu Danca (1989) {Warner}

Gilberto Gil - O Eterno Deus Mu Danca (1989) {Warner}
EAC 1.3 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 300dpi | 280MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 113MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Brazilian Jazz, Bossa Nova, MPB

The Portuguese title of this Gilberto Gil release makes ambiguous references to "changes" and "dance." In fact, it is a dance-oriented album, basically dealing with electric funk grooves. It's a good album that has plenty of Brazilian percussion filling the gaps of the backbeat. More attention to melodies is dispensed in "Mulher de Coronel," in the samba "De Bob Dylan a Bob Marley" (with interesting lyrics dealing with racial problems), in the pop ballad "Cada Tempo em Seu Lugar" (also having good lyrics about the urge of helping), and the beautiful hit the pop ballad "Amarra o Teu Arado a Uma Estrela."

Ivan Lins - 2 Lados (2010) [2CDs] {Universal Brasil}

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Ivan Lins - 2 Lados (2010) [2CDs] {Universal Brasil}

Ivan Lins - 2 Lados (2010) [2CDs] {Universal Brasil}
EAC 1.3 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 300dpi | 669MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 234MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: MPB, Latin Jazz

2 Lados - o melhor dos grandes compositores do Brasil. «2 Lados» reune o melhor que a musica brasileira ja apresentou ao mundo. Ivan Lins, Milton Nascimento e Toquinho em discos duplos apresentam o melhor da sua composicao e interpretacao. «2 Lados» e best of e songbook numa mesma embalagem. Cada um dos CDs duplos da coleccao e focado num compositor que, como e tradicao na MPB, tambem e interprete de grandes sucessos. O CD1 exibe o seu lado cantor das proprias composicoes e de cancoes de outros colegas da musica brasileira. O CD 2 complementa o perfil mostrando um outro lado de sua obra na voz dos maiores interpretes da MPB. 28 faixas em cada um dos 17 titulos, a coleccao revela os «2 Lados» de artistas como Tom Jobim, Ivan Lins, Toquinho, Milton Nascimento, Chico Buarque, Vinicius de Moraes e Caetano Veloso.

Joao Gilberto - Prado Pereira De Oliveira (1980) {Warner}

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Joao Gilberto - Prado Pereira De Oliveira (1980) {Warner}

Joao Gilberto - Prado Pereira De Oliveira (1980) {Warner}
EAC 1.3 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 300dpi | 289MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 147MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Brazilian Jazz, Bossa Nova, MPB

João Gilberto Prado Pereira de Oliveira was released in 1980 by João Gilberto. It was recorded in 1980 live on TV Globo. In English, that would be his entire Brazilian ancestral last name written on his studio album.

Djavan - Milagreiro (2001) {Epic}

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Djavan - Milagreiro (2001) {Epic}

Djavan - Milagreiro (2001) {Epic}
EAC 1.0b1 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 300dpi | 294MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 120MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: MPB, Brazilian Jazz

MiLagreiro was one of the most critically acclaimed MPB albums released in Brazil during the year 2001. The record starts off very well with the xote-styled opening track, "Farinha," which is perhaps the biggest highlight of the album. Another good song is "Infinitude," on which Djavan collaborated with Flбvia Virgнnia. On the excellent, somewhat Latin-flavored title track, Djavan is joined by rock singer Cбssia Eller. As usual, there are several typically Djavan-styled ballads on the album, such as, for example, the bossa nova-styled "Brilho da Noite." Generally, the music on Mi Lagreiro is quite simple and sparse, and it gives the impression of being very spontaneous. Perhaps the fact that the album was recorded at Djavan's own home contributed to this positive, unpretentious atmosphere.

Antonio Carlos Jobim - Original Album Series (2011) [5CDs] {Warner}

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Antonio Carlos Jobim - Original Album Series (2011) [5CDs] {Warner}

Antonio Carlos Jobim - Original Album Series (2011) [5CDs] {Warner}
EAC 0.99pb5 | FLAC Image level 8 | Cue+Log | Full Scans 300dpi | 1.07GB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 447MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Bossa Nova, Latin Jazz, MPB

Import five CD release from the acclaimed Brazilian singer, songwriter and guitarist contains five of his classic albums housed in paper sleeves in one package. This set features the albums Wonderful World Of (1965); Love Strings & Jobim (1966); A Certain Mr Jobim (1967); Urubu (1976) and Terra Brasilis (1980).