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Pure Brazil: Instrumental Bossa Nova

Pure Brazil: Instrumental Bossa Nova

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Brazilian Music Collections (CD Series)

Axe Bahia 2005

Axe Bahia Collections
 

Blue Brazil Series


Brazil Classics 1: Beleza Tropical

Brazil Classics Series
 

Brazilectro

Brazilectro Series


Brazilian Love Affair V.5

Brazilian Love Affair Series
 

Brazilution: Edicao, Vol. 5

Brazilution Series


Break N Bossa: Chapter 6

Break n' Bossa Series


Chill: Brazil, Vol. 3

Chill Brazil CD Series
 

Eu Sou O Samba

Eu Sou O Samba Series
 

The Now Sound Of Brazil (Series)


Pure Brazil: Caipirinha

Pure Brazil CD Series
Brazilian Music Collections


Putumayo Brazil Compilations


Brazilian Music Sampler Albums
(Not Part Of A Series)

Brasil 2 Mil: The Soul Of Bass-O-Nova
(1999)

This decidedly different facet of Brazilian Music keeps the soft sounds and rhythms of the samba, but puts them quite firmly in a '90s context, with the loops, beats, and samples of electronica, hip-hop, and R&B as integral parts of the song. In other words, unlike much Brazilian music, this music looks ahead, rather than behind--for example, Fernanda Abreu takes the bass line for Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side" for a remix of her song, and it works perfectly within a sensual groove. Given that more than 30 years have passed since Tropicalia, Brazil's last musical revolution, the time seems to be very ripe for a new generation to have its say. And the people on this compilation are very articulate indeed. --Chris Nickson
 

Brazil Forró: Music For Maids & Taxi Drivers
(1992)

Forro is not your father's (or anyone else's) accordion music (unless of course your father is Brazilian). This musical form from Brazil is a jaunty and infectious import. And Brazil Forro--Music for Maids and Taxi Drivers introduces you to some of forro's finest. Listen to this album, and I defy you to sit still. The subtitle of this record reflects the fact that forro (pronounced "faw-RAW" or "foe-HOE") is an earthy musical form popular with the working classes. The usual instrumentation is an accordion, a triangle, and a shallow marching drum called a zabumba. The tempo is fast, the rhythms driving. It's ideal dance music, and many Northeastern Brazilians spend their weekends and festivals stepping to it. Even when the subject is serious--and it often is, because life in Brazil's northeast is never easy--it sounds happy. You don't need to speak a word of Portuguese to enjoy it, but you may well fall in love purely with the sound of the language. Next rainy day, draw the blinds, turn on every light in the house, and put Brazil: Forro on the CD player. I can't guarantee that the sun will come out, but you won't care. Hey, those maids and taxi drivers are on to something. --an Amazon.com reviewer


Brazilian Lullaby

Brazilian Lullaby
(1999)
 

Brazil Now

Brazil Now
(1998)

Recommended MPB sampler with Os Paralamas, Carlinhos Brown, Marina, Leila Pinheiro, Luiz Melodia, Lo Borges, Nana Caymmi, Eliane Elias, Clara Nunes, Bragada, Paulinho da Viola, Milton Nascimento, Djavan and Elis Regina.


Canta Brasil: Great Brazilian Songbook, # 1

Canta Brazil: The Great Brazilian Songbook

There are many compilations of Brazilian pop (MPB) for beginners in US record stores, ranging from downright awful to OK. This one has all the biggest names (Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Milton Nascimento)and better-than-average selections from each. It's important to know what you're getting: quality popular music from the 70s and 80s by the Brazilian equivalents of Barbara Streisand and James Taylor, not the latest Afro-Brazilian Axe dance bands or traditional folk music. A good intro to the Brazilian singers who have stood the test of time and are cultural icons across generations. If I had to choose between this album and the similar "Beleza Tropical" compiled by Gabriel Byrne, I'd choose this one.  --an Amazon reviewer


Favela Chic Postonove 3

Favela Chic Postonove 3

Guitar Bresilienne
two-CD collection with 35 tracks with Nonato Luiz,
Odair Assad, Sergio Assad, Raphael Rabello, Joel
Nascimento, Dilermando Reis, Guinga, and others


Futebol: the Sound of Brasilian Football

Música De Futebol:
The Sound Of Brazilian Football

 

National Geographic: Destination Brazil

National Geographic: Destination Brazil
Bebel Gilberto, Rosa Passos, Ana Caram,
Vania Abreu, Suba, Belo Velloso, Sérgio Mendes
(2001)
 

Nova Bossa: Red Hot on Verve

Nova Bossa: Red Hot On Verve


Red Hot + Rio: Pure Listening Pleasure

Red Hot + Rio
Brazilian & International Artists
 

Rough Guide: The Music of Brazil

The Rough Guide: The Music Of Brazil

Leave it to the savvy impresarios of Rough Guides (home of the handy travel and discographical reference tomes) to bring armchair backpackers one of the finer single-disc anthologies of Brazilian music on the market. Rather than foolishly trying to encapsulate the stylistic breadth of Latin America's mega-populous country, this 19-song compilation largely covers the lighter, popular regional forms, like the samba and bossa nova of Rio de Janeiro. Lively accordions and polyrhythmic drums represent the more hip forro and carnival grooves. But the real treats come in fresh Afro-European-American hybrids like Bahian rap ("Charles Anjo 45"), Latin-jazz funk ("Negada da Lapa"), Maranhaon bottleneck blues ("Isso"), an old choro on cavaquinho and harpsichord ("Carinhoso"), and Marlui Miranda and Uakti's dazzling arrangement of "Tchori Tchori," a traditional fishing tune from the indigenous Jaboti peoples. --Sam Prestianni
 

The Rough Guide to the Music of Brazil: Bahia

The Rough Guide To The Music Of Brazil: Bahia
(2004)


Samba Soul 70!

Samba Soul 70!
Erlon Chaves, Wilson Simonal,
Elis Regina, Gal Costa, Milton
Banana, Banda Black Rio, others
 

The Rough Guide to Samba

More Samba Collections
 

Terra Sertaneja Band

Sertaneja Collections

Soundtrack Albums

Tropicália Collections
 

Yele Brazil

Yele Brazil
Afro-Brazilian music collection
(1995)
 


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