Brazilian Album Reviews

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Osmar Milito "... Deixa O Relogio Andar!" (Som Livre, 1971)


Osmar Milito "Nem Paleto, Nem Gravata" (Atco, 1973)


Osmar Milito "Uma Rosa Com Amor" (Som Livre) (LP)


Osmar Milito "Viagem" (Continental)


Osmar Milito "Aos Amigos Tudo" (2006)



Sidney Miller - see artist discography


Vange Milliet "Vange Milliet" (1995)


Vange Milliet "Arrepio" (1998)


Vange Milliet "Tudo Em Mim Anda A Mil" (Tratore, 2006)



Miltinho - see artist discography


Miltinho "New Malemolencia" (1986)
A solo album by Milton Lima dos Santos Filho, aka Miltinho of the vocal group MPB-4 -- not to be confused with the radio singer Miltinho (above)...



Carmen Miranda - see artist discography


Luperce Miranda "Luperce Miranda Interpreta Luperce Miranda" (MIS, 1978)
A sweet set of choro bandolim instrumentals, with a slight regional flair. Apparently Miranda was an old-timer in his seventies when this was recorded; indeed, he passed away not long after its release... But his age was certainly no impediment to his talent -- this is a great record. Anyone who's into the mandolin will want to track this one down, particularly for dazzling, inventive runs on songs such as "Moto Continuo," but also for the sweeter, more lyrical tunes. Fans of Jacob Do Bandolim and Joel Nascimento owe it to themselves to check this album out. Highly recommended.



Marlui Miranda - see artist discography


Pedro Miranda "Coisa Com Coisa" (Deckdisc, 2006)
(Produced by Joao Augusto & Pedro 7 Cordas)

Traditionalist acoustic samba from a (former) member of Teresa Cristina's highly-regarded Grupo Semente, gone solo with her blessing (and a nice guest appearance on one of the best tracks on this album...) This is nice stuff, and he hits all the right marks: fans of Paulinho da Viola, Martinho da Vila and like-minded preservationists will enjoy this set. I have to confess this album didn't totally wow me; Miranda's vocals aren't the most expressive and the music, while pleasant, seems a little too controlled and contained overall. Nonetheless, it's all very high quality, and several tracks have made it into long-term rotation at Casa da Slipcue. Definitely worth checking out.


Pedro Miranda "Pimenteira" (Tratore, 2009)
Beautiful! On this disc, Miranda really comes into his own... He seems like a more confident, relaxed performer, more willing to project his own personality and warmth into the music, and the sonic palette is wider and more textured, bringing in a sleek, big-bandy undercurrent than echoes jazzy, 1950s-era gafieira and the urban-based samba do asfalto of the '60s, but not in a way that detracts from the music's rich samba base. It's one of the nicest blends of modern/poppy and acoustic/old-school that I've heard in a while. A rich, sweet, very pleasant record, definitely one to track down. Highly recommended!



Wilson Miranda - see artist discography


Mr. Hermano "O Globo" (Disorient/Mr Bongo, 1999)
A British-based band that fuses electronic-ambient groove with Brazilian bossa-jazz and samba... Apparently Brazilian percussionist Dom Um Romao is involved as well... A nice project if you're looking for mellow chill-out music.


Mr. Samba "Mr. Samba E Seus Skindos Ritmicos" (RGE, 1962)
Swinging, big-bandy samba tunes, with a little more blaring brass than I would prefer, but also some swell percussion, pleasant group and solo vocals, and some creative arrangements, including a dash of Cuban-style salsa. The horn section often gets in the way, but this is still a pretty fun record. The album art proudly proclaims this as an album recorded for tourists, and songs such as Pedro Caetano's "Onde Estao Os Tamborins" tip their hat that these guys may have been connected to the Mangueira samba school... Who knows? Mostly this is just for shaking your cute little booty!


Mr. Samba "This Is Bossa Nova" (RGE, 1963)


Dom Mita "O Som Do Black Rio" (Transmita/Whatmusic, 2001)
A Black Rio revivalist album, this features soul singer and percussionist Dom Mita along with a slew of his old pals, including members of Banda Black Rio and vocalist Carlos Dafe (who guests on one song). The album is dedicated to the late Brazilian funk pioneer Tim Maia, and is definitely true to his spirit. There's an odd, familiar mix of disco-ish production and legitimately funky rhythms -- this modern disc is well-produced and tightly arranged. It might not be your bag, but if it is, I'm sure you'll be pretty happy with it.



Miucha - see artist discography


Jun Miyake "Innocent Bossa In The Mirror" (Tropical Music, 2002)
(Produced by Jun Miyake & Arto Lindsay)

A sparse, entirely beautiful novo bossa nova album from an "outsider" with cross-cultural leanings. Japanese art-song multi-instrumentalist Jun Miyake had never tackled Brazilian music before this album, but with the help of modernists Arto Lindsay and Vinicius Cantuaria, Miyake casts a delicate spell that recalls the magical glory days of Joao Gilberto, Carlos Lyra and the other early greats. As on his own albums, Lindsay wrote and sings original Portuguese lyrics, while Cantuaria provides the gentlest, most compelling guitar accompaniment imaginable. Miyake's piano work recalls the haunting echo-iness of Erik Satie, and while each track tends towards a prolonged exploration of a single theme -- a song with odd percussion, another with flugelhorn as a bossa nova lead instrument -- the overall effect is magical and serene. Recommended!




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