Soul Jazz Records Presents :: Brazil ’70

soul-jazz-brazil-70.jpgBoom. The Soul Jazz label (gladly) continues to take our money — this time it’s in the form of Brazil ’70, the follow up to last years Tropicalia :: A Brazilian Revolution in Sound compilation.

Released (stateside) September 18th, Brazil ’70 is dripping with the kind of humid, Latin, soul, funk, and jazz groves that so permeated the early seventies scene.

It’s the nuances surrounding the music that the liner notes shed the most light on — an excerpt: “Brazil 70 follows Brazilian music in the aftermath of Tropicalia as the country’s dictatorship entered its most oppressive phase…With the constant threat of imprisonment, artists nevertheless managed to produce radical music that, like Tropicalia before it, managed to deal with questions of identity, sexuality and society in a revolutionary manner”

Also worth mentioning, if you hadn’t heard, is that as of a few months ago the Soul Jazz catalog went digital. So, for those you stateside, not wanting to pay those import prices at your favorite record store, you can now get your download on.

Below: Sample two of the Brazil ’70tracks, and also be sure to check out the re-posted Tropicalia :: A Brazilian Revolution in Sound details (and MP3s) below.

Secos e Molhados :: Amor
Caetano Veloso :: Joia
Amazon: Soul Jazz Records Presents Brazil ’70

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Previously: Tropicalia :: A Brazilian Revolution in Sound

tropicalia-brasilian-revolution.jpgThrough my father’s collection I inherited a formidable amount of out-of-print and rare Latin jazz, Latin soul, and salsa on vinyl. One day I will get around to ripping some of it to MP3 format to share on the Drunkard, but until then, a number of key artists, and tracks, are captured on the Soul Jazz label’s 2006 compilation Tropicalia :: A Brazilian Revolution in Sound.

Under twenty dollars the comp rounds up a who’s who of the Brazilian scene in the late ’60s. Consider this collection a South American Nuggets — exposing this music to, and inspiring, a whole new generation. Like underground late ’60s french and Vietnamese rock/pop compilations, Tropicalia is a fascinating look at the melting pot of American pop and rock influences as heard through a foreign lens.

Also of note, Tom Ze released a great album via Luaka Bop last year entitled Estudando o Pagode that is well worth checking out if a Ze fan, and/or, Tropicalia enthusiast.

MP3: Caetano Veloso :: Alfomega
MP3: Tom Ze :: Jimmy, Renda-Se
Amazon: Tropicalia: A Brazilian Revolution in Sound

+ Download tropicalia artists through eMusic’s 25 Free MP3 offer.
+ Visit The Hype Machine for additional Tropicalia MP3s.

6 thoughts on “Soul Jazz Records Presents :: Brazil ’70

  1. You should definitely check out Milton Nascimento, the genius godfather of Tropicalia. I wrote a post about his album Clube Da Esquina a few weeks back on The Oxhorn Music Mix. Download a few tracks by Milton NascimentoClube Da Esquina No. 2 is one of the most beautiful tracks I’ve ever heard. Hope you enjoy.

  2. Hello!
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    Which nation, and which beat? What makes this group special is that it offers no simple answers. They are rhythm gatherers, harvesting the fruit of 500 years of cultural crossbreeding, which is why the sounds of the northeast of Brazil and the southern United States blend together so seamlessly; NPR’s All Things Considered music writer Banning Eyre calls them “the most original and alluring fusion group I have heard in years.”

    At the heart of Nation Beat’s new album, Legends of the Preacher, lies a totally original 21st century fusion between thunderous Brazilian maracatu drumming and New Orleans second line rhythms, Appalachian-inspired bluegrass music, funk, rock, and country-blues. Conjuring the spirit of powerful and liberated carnival queens, rising Brazilian star Liliana Araujo fronts the ensemble with her soaring powerhouse vocals. A recent finalist on Brazil’s “American Idol” spin-off program FAMA, Araujo evokes the righteous soul singers of America’s gold age of soul.

    Bandleader Scott Kettner describes maracatu as “a really high-energy, percussive, Afro-Brazilian dance rhythm that gets all up in your bones and makes you shake. Imagine the sound of thunder when you see a big storm coming across the ocean — that’s what it sounds like when a maracatu group is parading toward you in Brazil.” Nation Beat brings the audacious energy of this musical storm to both their recorded work and especially their electric live performances. As a result, their explosive live show has attracted music fans from a wide demographic: bluegrass and country music fans, Brazilian music lovers, outdoor festival-goers, and pretty much anyone who loves to dance.

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