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Welcome! Vida. Arte. Amor., the new Brazilian album by jazz saxophone and flute player Laura Dreyer, tops our New Releases section. We have all the details plus a sample track. Her CD joins 82 others in that section, all with sample tracks to give you a taste of the music, including these recent additions: Samba Little Samba by Gabriel Espinosa and Hendrik Meurkens, SpokFrevo Orquestra's Ninho de Vespa, and Phil DeGreg & Brasilia's Brazilian People. We've also added four albums to our Audio Archives: Tom Jobim's The Unknown, Carlos Barbosa-Lima's Carioca, The Duduka Da Fonseca Quintet's Samba Jazz in Black & White, and Nosso Trio's Vento Bravo. Go to our Audio Archives section to listen to extended features on 119 Brazilian albums—and much more, including 35 Beyond Brazil sample tracks. Recent additions to our Beyond Brazil section include the self-titled jazz recording, Phil Bowler & Pocket Jungle, Phil Brown & The New Arts Jazztet's Arkadia, and Marc Pompe's Monk's Dream. That section features 67 albums, nearly all with sample tracks. Thanks for visiting this website. We hope you'll take a few minutes to look around (you can always return to this page by clicking on our logo at the top of every page). If you like what you find here, please tell your friends about it. Thank you!

January 15, 2014 – The innovative band Fato from Curitiba, Paraná, is celebrating its Grupo Fato in recording studio. 20th anniversary with the release of the group's seventh album later this year. Keyboardist and vocalist Grace Torres sent us a sneak preview of the release. Produced by Pedro Luís, the new album (yet to be named) features guest appearances by vocalists... Read more

Here are earlier sneak previews of new albums by:
Hamilton de Holanda & Yamandú Costa
Jon Gold
André Vasconcellos
Joe Carter
Pascalito
Luiz Simas
Harvey Wainapel

April 24, 2013 – As the author of 14 books whose work is anthologized Rodrigo Garcia Lopes. Rodrigo Garcia Lopes
in several countries, Rodrigo Garcia Lopes has received acclaim as a scholar, poet and translator. But he's not so well known as a singer-songwriter. With the release of his second album, Canções do Estúdio Realidade, he has emerged as an artist deserving worldwide recognition for his music... Read more

Here's another of our Discovery Artists:
Rubens Figueiredo

Remembering Tom Jobim
Dec. 8, 2011 – Antonio Carlos Jobim, the beloved composer whose name comes to mind Tom Jobim. first when people speak of Brazilian music, died on December 8, 1994. Here's our short biographical sketch of Tom Jobim and a 44-minute musical tribute to him, Remembering Tom Jobim, from our radio broadcast on the tenth anniversary of his death, December 8, 2004... Read more

Here are other special features:
Interview with Antonio Adolfo
The story of Mas que Nada
Paula Morelenbaum interview
BOSSAlibre

Artist Profiles are biographical sketches of Brazilian musicians and composers – and other artists noted for performing Brazilian music. They are listed in alphabetical order by first name... Read more

 Birthdays
Oct. 19, 1913 – Vinícius de Moraes
Oct. 21, 1917 – Dizzie Gillespie
Oct. 22, 1928 – Clare Fischer
Oct. 23, 1945 – Ernie Watts
Oct. 24, 1956 – Odair Assad
Oct. 28, 1911 – Nelson Cavaquinho
Oct. 29, 1926 – Zoot Sims
Oct. 29, 1940 – Sergio Augusto
Oct. 30, 1947 – Tutty Moreno
Oct. 31, 1937 – Claudette Soares
Oct. 31, 1962 – Raphael Rabello
Nov. 2, 1883 – João Pernambuco
Nov. 5, 1931 – Sebastião Neto
Nov. 7, 1903 – Ary Barroso
Nov. 12, 1941 – João Nogueira
Nov. 12, 1943 – Claudio Slon
Nov. 12, 1964 – Cristina Azuma
Nov. 15, 1956 – Celso Fonseca
Nov. 21, 1947 – Alcione
Nov. 22, 1905 – Francisco Soares de Souza
Nov. 25, 1924 – Paul Desmond
Nov. 28, 1934 – Gato Barbieri
Nov. 29, 1902 – Armando Neves
Dec. 2, 1948 – Toninho Horta
Dec. 3, 1961 – Marcelo Frommer
Dec. 5, 1945 – Egberto Gismonti
Dec. 9, 1957 – Everton Gloeden
Dec. 10, 1940 – Nazaré Pereira
Dec. 13, 1912 – Luiz Gonzaga

Laura Dreyer, Vida. Arte. Amor.
Vida. Arte. Amor. CD cover.
01 – Caminhos novos
02 – Beauty & the beast
03 – Ping pong
04 – Valeu a pena o prazer
(Portuguese version of track 7)
05 – Beijo do sol (Rio version)
06 – Spring St.
07 – Vale la pena el placer
08 – O outro lado do seu amor
09 – Perdendo você
10 – A sombra se foi
11 – Until daybreak
12 – Arcade
13 – A dança dos cachorros
14 – Perdiéndote
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Gabriel Espinosa & Hendrik Meurkens, Samba Little Samba
Samba Little Samba CD cover.
01 – Samba little samba
02 – A song for Ray
03 – A night in Jakarta
04 – Besame mucho
05 – Choro da neve
06 – Fe
07 – Give me five
08 – Ocean lights
09 – Encuentro Maya
10 – Euro 12
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SpokFrevo Orquestra, Ninho de Vespa
Ninho de Vespa CD cover.
01 – Onze de abril
02 – Comichão
03 – Spokiando
04 – Capibarizando
05 – Pisando em brasa
06 – Quatro cantos
07 – Ninho de vespa
08 – O que Nelson gostou
09 – Tá achando que tá devagar?
10 – De baixo do frevo
11 – Pipocando
12 – Cara de carranca
13 – Moraes é frevo
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Phil DeGreg & Brasilia, Brazilian People
Brazilian People CD cover.
01 – Valley of the river
02 – A felicidade
03 – Fresh biscuits
04 – Ano novo (New year)
05 – Brazilian people
06 – A Yankee in Brazil
07 – Café com pão
08 – On Lia's island, in Rosa's boat
09 – Double rainbow
10 – Triste
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Ricardo Silveira with Vanessa Rodrigues and Rafael Barata,
Ricardo Silveira Organ Trio
Ricardo Silveira Organ Trio CD cover.
Disc 1 Tracks – Studio
01 – Cochise
02 – A historia de Lily Braun
03 – A medida do meu coração
04 – Batucada
05 – Canto de Ossanha
06 – Memphis underground
07 – No regrets
08 – Reflexões
09 – Amazon river

Disc 2 Tracks – Live
01 – Samba e amor
02 – Body and soul
03 – Polo pony
04 – Francesa
05 – You don't know what love is
06 – One-eyed monster
07 – Eu e a brisa
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Bebel Gilberto, Tudo
Tudo CD cover.
01 – Somewhere else
02 – Nada não
03 – Tom de voz
04 – Novas ideias
05 – Harvest moon
06 – Tudo
07 – Saudade vem correndo
08 – Areia
09 – Tout est bleu
10 – Lonely in my heart
11 – Vivo sonhando
12 – Inspiração
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Plus...

Mike Marshall & Choro Famoso, Segunda Vez
Sherie Julianne, 10 Degrees South
Hendrik Meurkens & Misha Tsiganov, Junity Duo & Quartet
Fabiana Passoni, Let Your Love Rise
Benjamim Taubkin, Al Qantara/ The Bridge
Clarice Assad, Imaginarium
Trio Três Pontos, Três Pontos...
Antonio Adolfo, Rio, Choro, Jazz...
Charlie Dennard, From Brazil to New Orleans
Rozina Pátkai, Você e Eu
Paulinho Garcia, Beautiful Love

From 2013
Miguel de León, Natal
Ricardo Silveira & Vinicius Cantuária, RSVC
Ricardo Silveira & Roberto Taufic, Atlânticos
Pedro Martins, Dreaming High
Duduka Da Fonseca Trio, New Samba Jazz Directions
Daniella Alcarpe, O Tempo Salta
Dendê & Banda, Back to Bahia
Hamilton de Holanda & André Mehmari, GismontiPascoal
Benjamim Taubkin & Adriano Adewale, The Vortex Sessions
Cristina Braga, Samba, Jazz and Love
Rodrigo Garcia Lopes, Canções do Estúdio Realidade
Carlos Machado, Longe
Grupo FATO, Da Tamancalha ao Sampler
Jovino Santos Neto, Piano Master Series, Vol. 4
Carlos Careqa, Made in China
Maucha Adnet & Helio Alves, Milagre
Mario Adnet, Amazonia: On the Forest Trail
Nilson Matta, Nilson Matta's Black Orpheus

From 2012
Fabiana Passoni, Dim the Lights
Ricardo Silveira, Storyteller
Weber Iago, Piano Masters Series, Vol. 3
Grażyna Auguścik & Paulinho Garcia, Beatles Nova
Various, Adventure Music 10
Joe Carter, Both Sides of the Equator
Carol Saboya, Belezas
Quaternaglia Guitar Quartet, Jequibau
Brazilian Trio, Constelação
Veronneau, Jazz Samba Project
Hamilton de Holanda Quinteto, Brasilianos 3
Dendê & Hãhãhães, Bahia de Todos os Santos
Philippe Baden Powell, Piano Masters Series, Vol. 2
Clarice Assad, Home
Hendrik Meurkens & Gabriel Espinosa, Celebrando
Wady Issa Fernandes, Dessambando
Various, Brazilian Beat
Laura Dreyer, Free Flying Bird

From 2011
Mario Adnet, More Jobim Jazz
Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto, Current
Duduka Da Fonseca Trio, Plays Toninho Horta
Hendrik Meurkens, Live at Bird's Eye
Antonio Adolfo, Chora Baião
Delia Fischer, Saudações Egberto
Yamandú Costa & Hamilton de Holanda, Live!
Various, Red Hot + Rio 2
Pagode Jazz Sardinha's Club, Cidade Mestiça
Luciano Antonio, Vida de Artista
Fabiana Passoni, Naturalmente Brasil
André Vasconcellos, 2
Sergio Mendes, Celebration: A Musical Journey
Patty Ascher, Bossa, Jazz 'n' Samba
Carlos Careqa, Alma Boa de Lugar Nenhum
Ark Ovrutski Quintet, Sounds of Brasil
Luiz Simas, Mata Atlântica Piano Suite
Pascalito, Neostalgia
Brazilian Guitar Quartet, Brazilian Guitar Quartet Plays Villa-Lobos
Various, Bossa Nova Around the World
Mark Weinstein, Jazz Brasil
Mente Clara, São Benedito
Kathleen Kolman, Dream On
Edu Puperi Quarteto, Toca Aí Meu!
Scott Anderson, Music from the Quiet
Zé da Velha/ Silvério Pontes, Samba Instrumental
Trio Macaíba, Na Trilha do Pé Serra
Chico César, Francisco Forró y Frevo
Trovadores Urbanos, Amor Até o Fim
Jerry+Croa, Atlântida Pantanal

Sérgio Mendes has released a new album entitled Magic on Sony Music Magic. Sérgio Mendes' Magic Entertainment's OKeh Records label. Each track features another artist along with Mendes. The tracks and featured performers are: Simbora (Let's Go...) (Carlinhos Brown), My My My My Love (will.i.am and Cody Wise), Don't Say Goodbye (John Legend), Sou Eu (Seu Jorge), When I Fell in Love (Gracinha Leporace), Meu Rio (Maria Gadú), Visions of You (Janelle Monae), Samba de Roda (Aila Menezes & Gracinha Leporace), Atlântica (Ana Carolina)... Read more

Here are 67 albums we recommend from the world of music beyond Brazil: Phil Bowler & Pocket Jungle; Phil Brown & The New Arts Jazztet, Arkadia; Marc Pompe, Monk's Dream; Various, Salsa de la Bahia, Vol. 2: Hoy y Ayer;
Phil Bowler & Pocket Jungle CD cover.
Arkadia CD cover.
Monk's Dream CD cover.
James Leary, Together; Kevin Cline, Make Up Your Mind; Ritmos Unidos, Ritmos Unidos; Afro Bop Alliance, Angel Eyes; Mitch Shiner and the BloomingTones Big Band, Fly!; Dawan Muhammad, Preachin to the Choir; Ann Reynolds and Clave Gringa, Para Cuba Con Amor; Dee Bell and Marcos Silva, Silva • Bell • Elation; Alex García's AfroMantra, This Side of Mestizaje; Jason Paul Curtis, Faux Bourgeois Café; Charlie Apicella & Iron City, Big Boss; Barbara Ween, Detour Ahead; Perry Beekman, Bewitched: Perry Beekman Sings and Plays Rodgers & Hart; Kate Ross, People Make the World Go Round; Mary Anne Anderson with Doug MacDonald, Rendezvous; Sharon Marie Cline, This is Where I Wanna Be;... Read details and hear sample tracks

Randy Morse produced and hosted the weekly radio program The Best of Brazil from 1999 through 2010. Many of the features from the program are archived here, organized by category and broadcast date... Read more

Here are links to the websites of nearly 360 bands and musicians, listed in alphabetical order by first name.
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Here are links to the websites of 119 record labels, listed in alphabetical order.
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