Category Archives: Bossa Nova

AMBIANCE-INTO A NEW JOURNEY.

Ambiance-Into A New Journey. Label: BBE MUSIC. Format: CD. Release Date: ‘19th’ September 2020.  During the seven year period between 1979 and 1986, Ambiance led by Nigerian born multi-instrumentalist Daoud Abubakar Balewa released six albums on the LA-based private press label Da Mon Records. It was a self-financed business that released short runs of Ambiance’s …

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LUIZ CARLOS VINHAS-O SOM PSICODELICO DE L.C.V

Luiz Carlos Vinhas-O Som Psicodélico De L.C.V. Label: Mad About Records. Format: LP. Within his native Brazil, Luiz Carlos Vinhas is remembered and regarded as one of the greatest pianists of the Bossa Nova movement. He was one of the genre’s founding fathers  and was a founder member of Bossa Três in 1961. They became one …

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TIM MAIA-RACIONAL VOLUME 2.

Tim Maia-Racional Volume 2. Label: Seroma. Format: LP. By 1975, Tim Maia was a changed man and had turned his back on the rock ’n’ roll lifestyle that he had embraced and enjoyed since releasing his eponymous debut album in 1970. Back then, the charismatic Brazilian singer realised that he was only here for a visit and decided to live life to the fullest. He …

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GREG FOAT-SYMPHOMIE PACIFIQUE.

Greg Foat-Symphonie Pacifique. Label: Strut Release Date: ‘3rd’ July 2020. Prolific and versatile are words that describe London-based Greg Foat, who nowadays, is regarded as one of Britain’s top jazz pianists and composers.  His career began back in the noughties, and in 2009, he founded The Greg Foat Group who went on to release five …

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KENNY DORHAM-TROMPETA TOCCATO.

Kenny Dorham-Trompeta Toccato. Label: Blue Note Records. Format: Vinyl. On December the ‘15th’ 1953, twenty-nine year old Texan trumpeter Kenny Dorham had already been a member of Dizzy Gillespie, Billy Eckstine and Lionel Hampton big bands and had joined Charlie Parker’s Quintet in December 1948. Less than five years later, and the sideman embarked upon …

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OTO NO WA: SELECTED SOUNDS OF JAPAN 1988-2018.

Oto No Wa: Selected Sounds Of Japan 1988-2018. Label: Music For Dreams Denmark. Each and every week of the year, record companies from all over the world, release countless compilations into the global music marketplace. These compilations range from lovingly curated compilations released by small indie labels to the cheap and cheerful, nostalgia-inducing budget box …

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CULT CLASSIC: ANTONIO CARLOS JOBIM-STONE FLOWER. 

Cult Classic: Antonio Carlos Jobim-Stone Flower. Nowadays, Brazilian pianist, singer and songwriter Antonio Carlos Jobim is regarded as one of the founding fathers of the Bossa Nova in fifties, which he internationalised in the sixties with the help of some American jazz musicians. They fused Bossa Nova and jazz to create a new and successful …

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CULT CLASSIC: TIM MAIA-TIM MAIA (1977).

Cult Classic: Tim Maia-Tim Maia (1977. As 1977 dawned, Tim Maia had already released seven albums since his 1970 eponymous debut, and although some of these album had been released to critical acclaim and were a commercial success, the charismatic Brazilian singer found himself financially embarrassed. Things had been going from bad to worse over the …

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CULT CLASSIC: GARY MCFARLAND-SOFT SAMBA.

Cult Classic: Gary McParland-Soft Samba. Composer, arranger, vibraphonist and vocalist Gary McParland was born on October the ’23rd’ 1933, in Los Angeles, but moved to Grants Pass, in Oregon as a fifteen year old. After graduating from high school,Gary McParland headed to college where he became interested in jazz.  Despite his burgeoning interest in jazz,Gary …

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TIM MAIA-TIM MAIA (1977).

Tim Maia-Tim Maia (1977. Label: Mr. Bongo Records. As 1977 dawned, Tim Maia had already released seven albums since his 1970 eponymous debut, and although some of these album had been released to critical acclaim and were a commercial success, the charismatic Brazilian singer found himself financially embarrassed. Things had been going from bad to worse …

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HOUSTON PERSON AND RON CARTER-REMEMBER LOVE. 

Houston Person and Ron Carter-Remember Love, Label: HighNote Records.    Seventy-three your old saxophonist Houston Person recording career began in 1966,when he   recorded Underground Soul for Prestige. This was the first of over seventy-five albums that Houston Person released as bandleader for Prestige, Westbound, Mercury, CTi Records and Muse Records over the past six …

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GARY MCFARLAND-THE IN SOUND AND SOFT SAMBA.

Gary McParland-The In Sound and Soft Samba. Label: Ace Records. Composer, arranger, vibraphonist and vocalist Gary McParland was born on October the ’23rd’ 1933, in Los Angeles, but moved to Grants Pass, in Oregon as a fifteen year old. After graduating from high school,Gary McParland headed to college where he became interested in jazz.  Despite …

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ANTONIO CARLOS JOBIM-TIDE AND STONE FLOWER. 

Antonio Carlos Jobim-Tide and Stone Flower. Label: BGO Records. Nowadays, Brazilian pianist, singer and songwriter Antonio Carlos Jobim is regarded as one of the founding fathers of the Bossa Nova in fifties, which he internationalised in the sixties with the help of some American jazz musicians. They fused Bossa Nova and jazz to create a …

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THE BEST REISSUES OF 2017-PART 2.

The Best Reissues Of 2017-Part 2. Cromwell-At The Gallop. Label: Got Kinda Lost Records. By 1975, Ireland had a vibrant music scene, and one of its rising stars Cromwell, was about to release its debut album, At The Gallop. It was an album guaranteed to get any party started, and feared an irresistible fusion of …

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THE BEST REISSUES OF 2017-PART 3.

The Best Reissues Of 2017-Part 3. Erasmo Carlos-Sonhos E Memórias 1941-1972 Label: Light In The Attic Records. When Sonhos E Memórias 1941-1972 was released in 1972, this was the last instalment in a trio of albums that featured Erasmo Carlos at his creative zenith. His bubblegum beginnings seemed a long time ago, and he was …

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ASTRID KULJANIC TRANSATLANTIC EXPLORATION COMPANY-RIVA.

Astrid Kuljanic Transatlantic Exploration Company-Riva. Label: One Trick Dog Records. It was Astrid Kuljanic’s love of jazz that resulted in her leaving her home on the beautiful island of Cres, which is a natural paradise surrounded by the deep blue Adriatic Sea. However, a new life and the opportunity of a lifetime awaited Astrid Kuljanic in …

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CTI RECORDS: THE COOL REVOLUTION.

CTI RECORDS: THE COOL REVOLUTION.  In 1967, producer and A&R manager Creed Taylor, decided to form his own record label Creed Taylor Incorporated. Originally, CTi Records was an imprint of Herb Albert and Jerry Moss’ A&M Records. That was the case for the next three years. Then in 1970, Creed Taylor decided to go his own …

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THE SOULJAZZ ORCHESTRA-INNER FIRE.

 THE SOULJAZZ ORCHESTRA-INNER FIRE. Back in 2012, The Souljazz Orchestra celebrated their tenth anniversary with the release of their fifth album Solidarity. Less than two later, The Souljazz Orchestra will release their sixth album inner Fire on 24th February 2014. Just like their previous albums, Inner Fire is a compelling fusion of musical influences and …

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BRAZILIAN BEATS 7.

BRAZILIAN BEATS 7. For lovers of Latin music, one of the most eagerly awaited compilation series is Mr. Bongo Records’ Brazilian Beats. The first installment of this critically acclaimed compilation series was released thirteen years ago, back in 2000, just as the new millennia dawned. Little did Mr. Bongo Records realize that they’d launched one of …

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NICOLA CONTE PRESENTS VIAGEM 5.

NICOLA CONTE PRESENTS VIAGEM 5. Over the last few years, there’s been a resurgence in interest in Brazilian music. Record companies have noticed this. They’ve released a whole raft of compilations of Brazilian music. For anyone who loves Brazilian music, this should be a bonus. Sadly, that’s not the case. Many of these compilations are …

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