Shaping up to be one of our most played albums this spring, Gabriel da Rosa made his full-length debut in February with É O Que A Casa Oferece, courtesy of Stones Throw Records. Sounding like a lost seventies samba album, from the likes of Paulinho da Viola or Martinho da Vila, da Rosa makes his Lagniappe debut via a pair of Brazilian staples: Geraldo Pereira and Tom Jobim with Vinícius de Moraes.
Gabriel da Rosa’s debut album, É o que a casa oferece, arrives at an auspicious time as Brazilian music is becoming more ubiquitous, cresting a wave of popularity that has been building over the better part of a century. The last 90 years have seen Carmen Miranda’s polyrhythmic schtick in the thirties and forties, the smooth and sophisticated bossa nova craze of the early sixties, and in the seventies Flora Purim, Airto Moreira, and Milton Nascimento championed an adventurous style of Brazilian jazz. Now, a new Brazilian tide is rising, building off the previous waves’ continued relevance, and it’s washing ashore along the Southern California coast.
“Jasmim Parte 1” is the debut single from Gabriel da Rosa. Raised in rural southern Brazil with a radio DJ father, Gabriel was exposed to all manner of sounds from his native country, but it wasn’t until he moved to Los Angeles that he began to truly explore the music, collecting Brazilian records. It was through this exploration that he bonded with Stones Throw Records’ founder Peanut Butter Wolf over their shared love of Brazilian music, and began writing his own bossa with collaborator Pedro Dom (Seu Jorge, Rodrigo Amarante and Latin Grammy Award winner Ian Ramil).