Brazilian Album Reviews

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Ton Graca & Carlos Costa "Ton Graca & Carlos Costa" (Chantacler, 1973) (LP)

Graforreia Xilarmonic "Ao Vivo" (2007)

Graveola "...E O Lixo Polifonico" (Mais Um Discos, 2009)

Graveola "Um E Meio" (Mais Um Discos, 2009)

Graveola "Eu Preciso De Um Liquidificador" (Mais Um Discos, 2013)

Graveola "Vozes Invisíveis (2 e 1/2)" (Mais Um Discos, 2014)

O Grupo "O Grupo" (Odeon, 1968)
(Produced by Milton Miranda & Lyrio Panicali)

A mix of perky samba-pop and softer, blander pop-orchestral arrangements behind a bright, breezy male vocal group... The jazziness of the bossa era gives way to a soft-pop sensibility that would age into the "brega" style of the '70s. Some of the vocal arrangements are nice, but mostly this is easy listening, of the unchallenging and ultimately cloying kind. A few questions regarding the bandmembers: there are several Quartin brothers, and I believe Roberto Quartin was the jazz musician who started his own label(?) Also worth noting that the arrangers (and there were a bunch of them!) included Antonio Adolfo, Nelsinho, Lyrio Panicali and Ugo Marotta... quite a lineup!

O Grupo "O Grupo E Coisa E Tal..." (Copacabana, 1971)
(Produced by Moacyr Silva)

Their third album was oddly uneven, with the group careening even further into a nakedly "pop" (easy listening) sound, though weirdly combined with a couple of more rugged soul-funk tunes. The soft-pop vocals are really insipid, as are a pair of cutesy novelty tunes that have a Rolf Harris-y feel to them, including a bilingual cover of the faux-calypso "Matilda." Certainly not your typical Brazilian fare. Perhaps most noteworthy is the album's repertoire: one song, "Vera Verinha," was written by the group's flautist, Mauricio Duboc: was he related to jazz singer Jane Duboc? Anyone know? There are also early songs by Toninho Horta and Jair Amorim, while Fred Falcao contributes two Black Rio-flavored soul numbers in the style of early Tim Maia. The funk numbers are glaringly at odds with the super-wimpy soft pop... But if you like MPB-4, this might be of interest, and some tracks are better than others, with "O Problema Dela" perhaps the album's standout track.

Grupo Acaba "Cantadores Do Pantanal" (Marcus Pereira, 1979) (LP)

Grupo Agua "Transparencia" (Som Livre, 1978)

Grupo Agua "Amanheceres" (SYM, 1981)

Grupo Batuque "Samba De Rua" (FarOut, 1997)
A funk- and rock-flavored percussion album recorded (in the studio) during Rio's 1997 Carnaval. Features the eminent Wilson Das Neves and a slew of younger players. I thought most of these tracks were pretty boring; many are monotonous riffs on one swinging beat or another, it's all very well and fine, but overall it's amazingly static. I suspect this album was made with club DJs in mind, folks looking for beats to sample, rather than for the casual listener... There is one song at the end ("Aoyama Sam") which features a full parade ensemble, along with cuica, surdo, and (thank god!) a vocal chorus... But mostly this album is really sparse and unmelodic. Not my cup of tea, but if you're into percussion per se, this album might be a real turn-on.

Grupo Batuque "Samba De Futebol" (FarOut, 1998)

Grupo Batuque "Africa Brazil" (FarOut, 2000)

Grupo Batuque/Various Artists "O Tempo Do Samba" (FarOut, 2005)
Remixes galore!

Grupo Batuque "O Tempo Do Samba" (FarOut, 2005)

Grupo Batuque "Ole Ola - Futebol Bonito" (FarOut, 2006)

Grupo Batuque "Batucada Maneira" (FarOut, 2006)
A four-song EP, including two remixes of the title track, "Batucada Maneira."

Grupo Cata Luzes "Viagem Cigana" (Calem, 1983)

Grupo D'Alma "A Quem Interessar Possa" (Clam, 1979)
(Produced by Armando Mihanovitch & Andre Geraissati)

An acoustic guitar trio featuring Andre Geraissati, Candido Penteado, and Ruy Salerne... Light, bright fare, but nice, with an eclectic range of Brazilian and non-Brazilian jazz influences, including shout-outs to Mingus and other nods towards the outside world. Fans of John McLaughlin, might want to check these guys out.

Grupo D'Alma "Grupo D'Alma" (Som Da Gente, 1981)

Grupo D'Alma "D'Alma" (Som Da Gente, 1984)

Grupo Fundo Do Quintal - see artist profile

Grupo Manifesto "Manifesto Musical" (Elenco, 1967)
One of the many politically-minded bossa nova groups that took their cues from theatrically oriented, second generation bossa songwriters such as Chico Buarque and Edu Lobo. Manifesto's sound was primarily choral, although there are some nice vocal solos on this album -- it's kind of like Quarteto em Cy without all the saccharine. A little stagey, but nice.

Grupo Manifesto "Grupo Manifesto No. 2" (Elenco, 1968)
Another lively, melodic set from this star-studded ensemble... Several stalwarts of the early '70s MPB scene were in this band, including singer Gracinha Leporace, composer Guto Graca Melo and Augusto Cesar Pinheiro, and future prog-pop star and poet, Guttemberg Guarabyra... among others! Quite a lineup of talent, though the album is pretty restrained and elegant. Nice latter-day bossa nova, with strong melodies and a tilt towards the female singers in the band. Definitely worth checking out!

Grupo Revelacao "Revelacao" (BMG, 2000)
The debut album from a modern pagode-samba band with slick production but a back-to-the-roots sound that's kind of nice to hear. They definitely grow on you!

Grupo Revelacao "Nosso Samba Virou Religiao" (BMG, 2001)
(Produced by Sergio Bittencourt & Bira Haway)

A mix of live and studio tracks... Generally, the studio stuff is a bit overproduced and poppy, even though there is a solid foundation of old-school pagode samba. This one didn't grab me as much as other Revelacao stuff I've heard, but it ain't bad.

Grupo Revelacao "O Melhor Do Pagode De Mesa" (BMG, 2002)

Grupo Revelacao "Ao Vivo No Olimpo" (Deckdisc, 2002)
A concert album with super-singalong buy-in from the audience... Not only are they reverential (and well-miked!) but you can also hear the youthfulness in their voices, mirroring that of the band. So, yeah, maybe these guys really do represent the future of Brazilian samba music -- the audience participation may frequently outshine the music, but it does make for an exciting listening experience, at least the first time around.

Grupo Revelacao "Novos Tempos" (Deckdisc, 2003)
(Produced by Joao Augusto)

Sweet. When the album opened, I thought the production sounded too slick and poppy, but it soon settled into a straight-ahead acoustic samba sound, with plenty of cavaquinho strumming and nice, smooth vocals, and I was digging it. This is kind of easy-listening samba, but it sure is pleasant. Cheerful, easy on the ears, and not cluttered up with big pop arrangements.

Grupo Revelacao "Ao Vivo -- Na Palma Da Mao" (Deckdisc, 2004)

Grupo Revelacao "Ao Vivo No Olimpo" (DVD) (Deckdisc, 2005)

Grupo Revelacao "Velocidade Da Luz" (Deckdisc, 2006)

Grupo Revelacao "100%" (Deckdisc, 2007)

Grupo Revelacao "Maxximum" (Sony-BMG, 2007)

Grupo Xodo "Morena Moreno" (Copacabana, 1977) (LP)
(Produced by Antonio Carlos de Oliveira & Paulo Rocco)

Grupo Zambo "Bahia" (Discos Marcus Pereira, 1976) (LP)

Vince Guaraldi - see Bossa Nova Jazz

Gianfrancesco Guarnieri/Toquinho/Marlene "O Botequim" (RGE, 1973) (LP)
Another sweet bossa-flavored album, with typically great guitar work by Toquinho, and actor Gianfrancesco Guarnieri taking on the role normally filled by Vinicius de Moraes. Marlene's vocals are sweet though perhaps not stellar. Overall, another lovely record, definitely worth tracking down.

Guttemberg Guarabyra "Casaco Marrom" (1969)

Guttemberg Guarabyra "Lembrancas Do Futuro" (Velas, 2007)

Eduardo Gudin - see artist discography

Beto Guedes - see artist discography

Fatima Guedes - see artist discography

Guem "O Universo Ritmico De Guem" (Som Da Gente, 1982)
Deep-roots drumming from an Algerian-born Franco-African percussionist, known for his work with the band Zaka. Here, Guem travels to Brazil to collaborate with local musicians such as Roberto Son, on a Brazilian-tinged outing. Many fans of African percussion consider this album to be a real gem.

Ze Guilherme "Recipiente" (Lua Music, 1996)

Renato Guimaraes "Show" (Chantecler, 1961)

Renato Guimaraes "E Seus Grandes Sucessos" (Chantecler, 1996)

Simone Guimaraes "Pirecema" (Independente, 1996)

Simone Guimaraes "Cirandeiro" (Tie Musical, 1997)

Simone Guimaraes "Aguape" (Tie Musical, 1999)

Simone Guimaraes "Virada Pra Lua" (Lua Discos, 2001)

Simone Guimaraes "Casa De Oceano" (Biscoito Fino, 2003)
A lush, somewhat oceanic set of MPB ballads by songwriter Simone Guimaraes... Her voice is comparatively fragile, and when guest stars such as Maria Bethania join her, Guimaraes quickly has to cede center stage. A duet with Milton Nascimento, on his classic "Milagre Dos Peixes," however, has a pleasant synergistic effect: the two soft voices slide around each other, each making room for the other, creating a subtle interplay that'll capture your ears and enchant you. A slew of talented musicians help sculpt the sound of this album, including Francis Hime, Guinga, and extensive collaboration from Bethania's own guitarist and bandleader, Jaime Alem. On the smooth side, but for fans of modern Brazilian ballads, a pretty nice disc.

Simone Guimaraes "Flor De Pao" (Biscoito Fino, 2007)

Almir Guineto - see artist discography

Guinga - see artist discography

Dani Gurgel "Agora" (Tratore, 2005)

Dani Gurgel "Dani Gurgel" (EP) (Tratore, 2008)
A 4-song EP...

Dani Gurgel "Nosso" (Dapa Virada, 2008)

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