João Gilberto – O amor, o sorriso, e a flor (1960) (Odeon MOFB 3151)

João Gilberto – O amor, o sorriso e a flor 1960 Odeon – MOFB 3151 This pressing, early 1970’s, mono mix A month ago, the world mourned the loss of a gentle musical soul,  and an icon of a Brazil that ceased to exist long ago.  Like many others, discovering João Gilberto’s music beyond the Getz/Gilberto album was a major “event” in my life that made me want to understand more about a country that could produce such a messenger … Continue reading

Helio Matheus – Matheus Segundo Matheus (1975) (AOTNLP017)

Helio Matheus – Matheus Segundo Matheus (1975) Original release, RCA-Victor, Brazil 2018 Reissue, Athens Of The North, AOTNLP017 A short-and-sweet Friday post for you to get your weekend started on point.  Scottish label Athens Of The North (or AOTN) serves up a reissue of this cult classic that, thanks to a collector’s market gone mad, I will never be able to afford as an original pressing. No idea what they used for their source but it sounds pretty decent, so … Continue reading

David Sancious and Tone – Transformation (The Speed of Love) (1976 Epic)

David Sancious and Tone – Transformation (The Speed Of Love) 1976 Epic Records PE 33939| Genre:  Fusion, Jazz-rock, Progressive rock If, like me, you thought that Incident on 57th Street and New York City Serenade were the high points of Bruce Springsteen’s early career, then you should probably give your attention to musical polymath and chameleon David Sancious.  Sancious was keyboardist for the E. Street Band on their first two albums, and contributed to the title track of Born To … Continue reading

James Gilstrap – Love Talk (1976) (Roxbury Records RLX 105)

James Gilstrap – Love Talk 1976 Roxbury Records RLX 105 Jim Gilstrap is better known as a backup singer, but Stevie Wonder fans might know him for singing the first verse of “You Are The Sunshine Of My Life”, which also makes him the first voice you hear on the epic Talking Book.  His name appears on tons of albums. You can see a partial list of his session credits here , where you can see that he was very … Continue reading

Airto – Fingers (1973) (CTI Records 6028)

Airto – Fingers Vinyl rip in 24-bit/192 kHz | FLAC |  Art scans at 300 dpi 1.4GB (24/192) | 865 MB (24/96) CTI Records 6028| Genre: Fusion, Latin Jazz, Jazz Rock This post was intended to go up over the weekend as a commemoration to wrap up the Festas Juninas.  “Fingers” is really is a masterpiece from Airto Moreira, one of the progenitors of jazz fusion, with lots of help from future members of the Uruguayan group Opa and, of … Continue reading