Anyone Into Their Brazilian And Latin Jazz Here ? FORUM: Archive - Ending April 16, 2004: Anyone Into Their Brazilian And Latin Jazz Here ?
Top of pageBottom of page   By Richard Felstead ( on Saturday, March 27, 2004 - 02:21 pm:

Nothing quite like that lovely Brazilian Bossa, or Samba rhythm on a hot summers evening, with a nice cold drink by your side.

Jazz in general, come to that.

Antonio Carlos Jobim
Astrud Gilberto
Stan Getz
Marcos Valle
John Klemmer
Tito Puente
Rob Mullins
David Benoit
Pat Metheny
Stanley Turrentine
Grover Washington Jr
Joe Sample
Ramsay Lewis
Chet Baker
etc, etc.

What say you ?

Top of pageBottom of page   By Soul Sister ( on Saturday, March 27, 2004 - 02:38 pm:

I don't know that I would put him in the Latin Jazz catagory but love Chet's voice and trumpet.

Top of pageBottom of page   By manny ( on Saturday, March 27, 2004 - 02:49 pm:

Hello everyone,

Hey, Richard. I'm also a fan of latin jazz and I knows here in SD have much more folks with this same "adiction".

Have you heard something of the Bossa Nova period by Deodato (as Eumir Deodato & Os Catedráticos)?
I have two Cd's edited by spanish Ubatuqui: "Impulso!" and "Tremendao". features a very mellow cover by Hammond B-3 of Walter Wonderlay's "Summer Samba" and Baden Powell - Vincius de Moraes' "Labareda". Some musicians in Os Catedráticos: Dom Um Romao (drums), Raul de Souza (trombone), Walter Rosa (sax).

Other jazz-brazilian and latin-jazz favorites:
-Antonio Carlos Jobim (especially "Vivo Sonhando")
-"Tico-Tico" (Charlie Parker)
-"Cookie" (Mongo Santamaria)
-"Adam's Hotel" (a theme by Marcos Valle i got in the Deodato Lp "First Cookoo", and is the most mellow instrumental i never have heard!)
-"Soul Bossa Nova" (Quincy Jones)
-All the Cd "Danzón (Dance On)" by Arturo Sandoval

And many many others (this is only a few i remember in this moment)
(To be continued)

Peace & Soul Food! (and boogaloo, and jazz and...)

Top of pageBottom of page   By Robb_K ( on Saturday, March 27, 2004 - 02:52 pm:

I like all that type of music (general Carribean, Cuban, Brasilian, Puerto Riquen(y)o, etc. I like, especially Afro-Blues Quintet, Willie Bobo, Pucho & His Latin Soul Brothers, Hector Rivera, Joe Cuba, Bola Sete, Jazz Crusaders, Grover Washington, Ramsey Lewis, Guaraldi, Jobim, Gilberto, Getz, Puente, Valle, and jazz artists who picked up the latin flavour at times (Eddie Harris, Herbie Mann, etc.).

Top of pageBottom of page   By Phil ( on Saturday, March 27, 2004 - 03:06 pm:

I don't know many latin artists, but I try to buy any LP from Joe Cuba, Pucho & Latin Soul Brothers, and Johnny Colon, my favorite.But I'm sure there must be others of interest, someone can tell me who they are ?( But not too jazzy, please !)

Top of pageBottom of page   By English ( on Saturday, March 27, 2004 - 03:27 pm:

I love Chico Buarque, who isn't jazz per se, but MPB.

Top of pageBottom of page   By manny ( on Saturday, March 27, 2004 - 03:49 pm:

Hi, Phil,

I thinks if you have the chance to purchase the compilation "Kool It" (UK Harmless records), it's a good "catalogue" of very good latin artists. This compilation contains principally soul songs covered by latin artists as Archie Bell & The Drell's "Tighten Up" cover by Al Escobar or Curtis Mayfield's "Superfly-Pusherman" midley by Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers, Booker T & MG's "Gree Onions" by Jack Constanzo, etc. Also the linner notes speak about the brief bio and original albums realises.


Top of pageBottom of page   By Robb_K ( on Saturday, March 27, 2004 - 04:55 pm:

Isn't Brasilian jazz considered "Latin" jazz? I also forgot to mention Mongo Santamaria, King Errison; as well as Kenny Burrell, Cal Tjader, Blue Mitchell, Hubert Laws, Cannonball Adderly and the many other mainstream jazz artists who also had a "Latin period", or tended a lot in a Latin direction in many of their tunes. I also like African music that uses beats similar to the Latin beats, like Duke Lumumba, Hugh Masekela,Miriam Makeba etc.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Phil ( on Saturday, March 27, 2004 - 06:11 pm:

Hi manny, thanks for the info, I'll try to get it, but where ? Is it on vinyl ?

Top of pageBottom of page   By manny ( on Saturday, March 27, 2004 - 06:41 pm:

Hey, Phil,

I have this compilation in CD and acquired it in a music store in Tarragona (Spain).
This is the Harmless records (UK) e-mail:
They have a very great catalogue (funk, jazz, latin,...). Also I have Harmless compilations by the "Pulp Fusion" serie. Perhaps they can send to you a catalogue and sale albums or guve you information about where you can find their realises.

Hey, Robb K,
Speakin about latin jazz in the general sense, appart from brazilian, I also likes it a lot. One of the last vynils i acquired was Azymuth's "Tightrope Walker" (Milestone, 1986). And more classics, as vibraphonist Jay Hoggard's "Days Like These" (GRP) re-edited on Cd... And compilations where appears from Cal Tjader to Edu Lobo or Luiz Bonfa, Eddie Palmieri or Loui Ramírez.

Peace & Soul Food

Top of pageBottom of page   By Robb_K ( on Saturday, March 27, 2004 - 07:48 pm:

Good choices, Manny! I also like Luiz Bonfa, Eddie Palmieri and Loui Ramirez. I'm not familiar with Edu Lobo. I have a business partner who's from Brasil. He's turned me on to a lot of more recent Brasilian music. So, contrary to popular opinion (based on my own comments), I DO listen to some current music!

Top of pageBottom of page   By souljunkie ( on Saturday, March 27, 2004 - 08:11 pm:

One of my all-time fave records EVER is Sivuca's version of 'Ain't No Sunshine'. I have the 12" issue on London records with the live version on the flipside. Brilliant! Another is Grover's 10 minute long 'Sausalito' and then what about Tania Maria and her beautiful 'Come With Me'!!!!!

Has anyone mentioned Jack Costanzo or Ray Barretto and what about guys like Ede Motta or the British 'Brazillian' band Sirius B who put on a great live performance.


Top of pageBottom of page   By Jim G ( on Saturday, March 27, 2004 - 08:30 pm:

Let's not forget William Henry "Chick" Webb, in whose bands both Mario Bauza and Dizzy Gillespie played. And it was in Cab Calloway's ork that Diz and Mario really tightened up their relationship and Diz learned much from Mario.
Gillespie was THE main proponent of Afro-Cuban jazz; the Cuban wonder Chano Pozo lent a decidedly authentic air to performances like "Manteca" and "Cubano Be / Cubano Bop".
And Machito...there is a superb compilation on Verve (Now Polygram I think) titled, "The Original Mambo Kings" that includes performances by Machito, Mario, Dizzy,'s fabulous.
Many jazz guys worked in Latin jazz bands in the 50s/60s.

Top of pageBottom of page   By souljunkie ( on Saturday, March 27, 2004 - 08:41 pm:

To pick up on the last post, there was also another very good 2 CD comp on Verve in 95 called 'More Than Mambo: The Introduction To Afro-Cuban Jazz' that featured Machito, Chico O'Farrill, Cal Tjader, Noro Morales & Willie Bobo to name just a few. This had extensive liner notes from Manny Oquendo & Andy Gonzalez and was flush with great photos.

Top of pageBottom of page   By pogo ( on Saturday, March 27, 2004 - 09:01 pm:

Anybody dig "The Buena Vista Social Club"? Gran Musica Latina!!
Also acquired a nice CD by the Afro-Cuban All Stars - "A Toda le Gusta".
Have been diggin' the Latin scene for many years from early artists like Astrud Gilberto & Quartett Tres Bien. It's nice to see other folks interested in this stuff.
Oh yea if you want a good soundtrack try "The Mambo Kings" Malo al hueso (Bad to the bone)!

Top of pageBottom of page   By manny ( on Saturday, March 27, 2004 - 09:30 pm:

Hello again, soulful and latin-feel brothers & sisters!

Hi, Robb K,
Brazilian music is particullary magic! All the tunes with independence from the lyrics have a blend of mellow and bitter-sweet feeling as the portuguese "Fados". If you visite the website-store i recommend in the thread "Spanish soul web-store" you can see many albums of brazilian, latin, soul and jazz.
Hey, Souljunkie,
I only have some songs by Tania Maria in some compilations as "Yatra-tá", "Lost In Amazonia" and "Sangría". She made very good scats.
Also I think Bobby Eli can tolds some good stories from the time he worked with Manny Oquendo as both was Salsoul Orchestra members (and probably with many others).
There are a good spanish movie, "Calle 54" by Fernando Trueba, wich is a music documental of the latin jazz NY scene and featured among others Tito Puente (this was little before he passed away).
If you are from UK, there are good "latin" groups as Sidestepper and Snowboy. Also "I Can See The Future" by Incognito features the horn section of cuban Irakere.

Peace & Soul Food!

Top of pageBottom of page   By Des ( on Saturday, March 27, 2004 - 10:25 pm:

Hey,Richard and all who're contributing on this Thread......
I,too,am a huge fan of Brasilian (and Latin) Jazz/pop/soul - whatever category someone feels obliged to apply.For me - music is music is music -- if it 'gets' to you,it's good.
Here's some of my favourite music that fits this Thread - in no particular order :
George Duke - Brasilian Love Affair (album)
Return To Forever - Light As A Feather (album)
Mark Murphy - Night Mood (album)
Joao Gilberto - Live In Montreaux (album)
Michael Franks - Abandoned Garden (album)
Bebel Gilberto - Tanto Tempo (album)
Flora Purim - Butterfly Dreams (album)
Santana - Yours Is The Light (track from album - Welcome)
Getz/Gilberto/Jobim/Christian - virtually everything on which they collaborated
Sarah Vaughan - I Love Brasil (album)
Wayne Shorter/Milton Nascimento - Native Dancer (album)
Lonnie Liston Smith - Expansions and Visions Of A New World (albums)
Toninho Horta - Moonstone (album)
Oscar Castro Neves - Brasilian Scandals (album)

This list is a labour of love (and a challenge to my memory).I own every album or track mentioned - and would be able to put together a mile long list of specific 'special' cuts that would go to a killer Brasilian Compilation for those warm summer nights........

Top of pageBottom of page   By RD ( on Saturday, March 27, 2004 - 11:23 pm:

Azmuth (spelling) loved them when they first came out and played their albums to death.

Top of pageBottom of page   By ErikT.O. ( on Sunday, March 28, 2004 - 06:30 pm:

Finally an Azimuth reference... I thought they were too slick, at least on their early 80's/late 70's rekkids, I've seen a few funkier, early ones but they're not cheap... am I the only one here who digs Jorge Ben? I see anyone else drop his name here. Also, a lot of Bossa-Brazilian is considered a seperate genre from other Latin American countries I think... apart from the language difference bossa nova seemed specifically Brazilian and palpably unlike other Latin genres even to half deaf, untrained ears like mine... I really like some Mongo Santamaria, just got 'Mas Sabroso' (sequel lp to 'Sabroso'??) and Mighty Mongo at a flea market today...
-Anyone here on the Brazilian tip dig Banda Black Rio? How about Bola Sete? Baden Powell? From a samba-funk tip, anyone familiar with Funk N Lata? Wild drumming, pounding samba with horns, carnival tunes mixed with James Brown covers...
-Finally, lemme recommend a compilation called 'Samba Soul 70' for anyone interested in checking early 70's Brazilian toones...

Top of pageBottom of page   By JSmith ( on Monday, March 29, 2004 - 02:43 am:

Another good UK compilation CD is the Nascente release 'Latin Soul'.
This contains great latin versions of "Gypsy Woman" and "Cowboys To Girls".

Top of pageBottom of page   By Phil ( on Monday, March 29, 2004 - 10:55 am:

Manny, you mention Louie Ramirez, and I have a great Joe Cuba LP that he produced,"Cocinando la salsa", on Tico, do you know if he had some solo LP's ?

Top of pageBottom of page   By keith ( on Monday, March 29, 2004 - 01:36 pm:

Banda Black Rio was a fantastic Funk Samba Group,
If you can find them their albums, Gafieira Universal and Maria Fumaca are Super Funky.

Jorge Ben along with Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil,
Os Mutantes, Rita Lee, were the pioneers of the Tropicalia Movement. This "rebellious music" caused such a stir within the Brazilian Government that Veloso and Gil were actually kicked out the country and lived in England for a few years. It is great music with fuzz guitars and a mixture of rock/psychedelic music with it's own Brazilian twist.

Another classic is Milton Nascimento/Lo Borges: Clube da Esquina (1972) it is a fantastic album.

Airto Moreira/Flora Purim are wonderful and are still making great music. If you get a chance to see them live they are mind blowing!

A few more newer artists that I dig are Marisa Monte (what a voice) and Carlinhos Brown.

I could go on and on about Brazilian music, I am married to Brazilian and travel there quite often.
It is one of the most musical countries to visit, the rhythms are everywhere.

Top of pageBottom of page   By Richard Felstead ( on Tuesday, March 30, 2004 - 03:42 am:

Great input and much appreciated.
Nice to know this music moves some of you as much as it does me.

Top of pageBottom of page   By einnod23 ( on Tuesday, March 30, 2004 - 07:22 am:

Ivan Lins

Top of pageBottom of page   By Richard Felstead ( on Tuesday, March 30, 2004 - 09:42 am:

Ivan Lins has done some fab stuff, as have most of the others mentioned here.

More on the jazz/fusion tip here I know but I must also mention the keyboard skills of Webster Lewis who passed away not that long ago now.

"Barbara Ann" & "El Bobo" are two of my fave's.

George Duke, Patrice Rushen, Lesette Wilson, Herbie Hancock, also deserve to be mentioned on this thread.

Top of pageBottom of page   By souljunkie ( on Tuesday, March 30, 2004 - 03:08 pm:

Richard, speaking of Webster Lewis, are you familar with 'Do You Believe' taken from the 'Live At Club 7' album and featuring Judd Watkins on vocals from 1972? Counterpoint reissued this on the 'Freedom Time' compilation album in 97, musically it wouldn't really fit into the title of this thread but still it's a Choooon! :-)

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