This is a fantastic record. I was wrong with crediting the 1969 to Trio Mocotó yesterday — I believe the partnership actually began with this record. Formerly very difficult to track down, Dusty Groove has done us all a public service by making it available again!! BUY A COPY today
Jorge Ben “Forca Bruta” (Philips, 1970)
A dreamy, relaxed album made with the Trio Mocoto (see below for more info about them…) A couple of the songs on here are regularly included on anthologies (“O Telefone Tocou Novamente,” “Charles, Jr.”) but most of this album is material that tragically has been on the backshelf for decades… I suppose this is the sort of album that you have to settle into — it’s very pretty and very laid back, cloaking a funky undercurrent in an acoustic samba wash, and intensely seductive. Why this album remains out of print is a real mystery
review from DGA
A fantastically soulful album from Jorge Ben — one of his greatest records ever, and a key part of Brazilian music in the 70s! The album marks an earthier shift for Jorge — a sound that’s still rooted in the samba influences of the 60s, but which also takes on a bit more soul at the bottom — thanks to rhythmic contributions from Trio Mocoto, who work here famously to help Ben shape the overall feel of the set! There’s still a bit of larger orchestrations at moments, but these are used sparingly just to sweeten the sound — leaving the main force of the music to come from Jorge’s guitar, and the cuica, percussion, and tamborim of the trio. The vocals are wonderful too — slightly raspy, and with a bit more feeling than we ever remember Jorge having on record — sometimes a bit intimate, yet always with an undeniable presence throughout. One of those records that still sends chills up our spines, year after year — with tracks that include “Oba La Vem Ela”, “Ze Canjica”, “Pulo Pulo”, “Apareceu Aparecida”, “Terezinha”, “Mulher Brasileira”, “Forca Bruta”, “O Telefone Tocou Novamente”, and “Charles Junior”.