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Thaide & DJ Hum "Humildade E Coragem Sao Nossas Armas Para Lutar" (TNT, 1992)

Thaide & DJ Hum "Preste Atencao" (Eldorado, 1996)

Thaide & DJ Hum "Assim Caminha A Humanidade..." (Trama, 2000)

Thaide "Apenas" (Tratore, 2007)

Thaide & DJ Hum "O Comeco 87/91" (Trama, 1999)
A best-of set, covering 1987-1991.

Thelma "The Haunting New Voice From Brazil" (Columbia, 1969 (?))
Thelma had previously worked with Carlos Lyra (on the Pobre Minina Rica album) and was apparently a protege of Baden Powell, but this album is pretty lackluster, from the vocals on down. Plenty of great material, all standards, but this was a pretty tepid effort on Columbia's part to keep up in the bossa nova big leagues -- pretty late in the game, too.

Tigres De Bengala "Tigres De Bengala" (CBS-Epic, 1993)
(Produced by Mayrton Bahia)

Sort of an MPB art-rock/new wave/jazz all-star set, with synth-popper Ritchie joined by Dadi and Mu (from the band A Cor Do Som), Vinicius Cantuaria, and Claudio Zoli, from the band Brylho.

Tihuana "Ilegal" (Virgin-Brasil, 2000)
One of Brazil's few indie-ish modern rock bands, these guys mix ska-ish reggae, light funk ala Fishbone or the Red Hot Chili Peppers, along with a dash of Beastie-style, metallic punk-funk and some radio-friendly pop, all songs with appropriately perky, anthemic choruses. The album starts out with great promise, but the band seems to run out of ideas pretty quickly, and the riffs get stale. After about five or six songs, I was kinda bored, although there are several songs that are kinda catchy.

Tihuana "A Vida Nos Ensina" (Virgin-Brasil, 2002)

Tihuana "Aqui Ou Em Qualquer Lugar" (Sony-Brasil, 2002)
The punky bits are harder and more hardcore, the rapping is more strident, the reggae is all but gone, and the pop-rock sounds more artfully placed. At best, they still sound Beastie Boys-ish, although I suppose Linkin Park might be a better comparison... Still, for what it is -- slick, aggro, Portuguese-language hard rock/hip-hop -- this is pretty good. Productionwise, and in terms of the carefully modulated ragefulness, this stuff holds its own next to the American noise it seeks to emulate. It's a more grating sound than their earlier albums, but also far more skillful and engaging. Worth checking out, if you go for that sort of thing.

Tihuana "Tihuana" (EMI, 2003)

Tihuana "Um Dia De Cada Vez" (Universal, 2003)

Timbalada - see artist discography

Os Tincoas "Os Tincoas" (Odeon, 1973) (LP)
A funky modern samba band from Bahia, with spiritual roots in Afro-Brazilian candomble... And a band very ripe for digital reissue! Keep hope alive.

Os Tincoas "O Africanto Dos Tincoas" (RCA, 1975)

Os Tincoas "Os Tincoas" (RCA Victor, 1975)

Os Tincoas "Dadinho E Mateus" (CID, 1986) (LP)

Adil Tiscatti "Bale De Cobra" (Velas, 1996)

Adil Tiscatti "Leao Da Lua" (Velas, 2000)

Wagner Tiso - see artist discography

Tita "L'Incomparable Tita: Revelation Bresil De L'Anne" (Barclay, 1969)
With Trio Camara...

Titas - see artist discography

Tobruk "Ad Lib" (1972)
A far-flung, energetic acid-rock outing... I'm entirely not sure what to make of this one... It's is a rich, goofy relic of the hippie era, with some deliciously dramatic psychedelia, thumpy boogie rock/R&B and hilariously spaced-out lyrics. Lots of good, wicked, fuzzed-out electric guitars as well, totally in keeping with similar music in the USA and UK: indeed, this band is supposedly made of several North American expatriates who went to Brazil and recorded their album there (although I thought I detected a Brazilian accent on the lyrics in the first song... projection, perhaps?) so I'm not sure where (or if) it belongs in the Brazilian pop pantheon... But here it is, anyway. The title track is a twelve-minute long epic with a strong debt to the Doors... All in all, an impressive, wacked-out record by a capable psych-rock band -- worth tracking down, if you're feeling all "Nuggets"-y.

Rosana Toledo "...E A Vida Continua" (RGE, 1962)

Rosana Toledo "A Voz Do Amor" (RGE, 1962)

Rosana Toledo "Sorriso E Lagrima" (RCA Victor)

Ife Tolentino "Brazil In Black And White: A Portrait Of Chico Buarque" (Moophonix, 2005)

Tom & Dito "Se Mandar M'Imbora Eu Fico" (Som Livre, 1974)
(Produced by Antonio Carlos & Jocafi)

Bright, cheerful, occasionally over-the-top sugary sunshine-pop MPB. This is sappy, but pleasant samba-pop from a Bahian duo who also had success as songwriters. Here they are solidly in the style of a similar duo, Antonio Carlos & Jocafi (who also acted as producers for this album...) Worth checking out.

Tom & Dito "Reverterio" (Continental, 1976)
(Produced by Alberto Arantes & Raymundo Bittencourt)

I'm not sure exactly why, but I found this album to be a chore to listen to, actively irritating, in some odd way. On the face of it, there shouldn't be much difference between this and their previous album (reviewed above): it's another soft-samba/pop outing, with a mellow mix of acoustic and lightly-jazzy MPB stylings, in the same mode as Joao Bosco or Antonio Carlos & Jocafi... But for some reason this production feels forced and false, a bit stiff and joyless. Not sure that I could put my finger on it, but other than two or three songs, everything on here just made me feel a little edgy and dissatisfied. Of all the tracks, "Insenso" and the Gilberto Gil-ish "Catibiriba" were my favorites. The passionate, torturous opening track, "Cretino," was just plain grating, as was the later "Agua Viva."

Tony & Frankye "Tony & Frankye" (CBS, 1971)
A pretty groovy soul-funk album, featuring the short-lived duo of Tony Bizarro and Fortunato Arduini, who lay down as solid a set of '70s soul as any Brazilian act of the era. The first track kicks off with a direct lift of Sly Stone's "Thank You" (and I mean that as a compliment!) while other songs harken back to '60s artists such as Arthur Conley or Sam & Dave. A dash of psychedelic rock guitar comes in, with a Guess Who-ish hard rock feel. Unfortunately, the second half of the album succumbs to the tortured warbling vocal style favored by "Black Rio" artists such as Tim Maia and Cassiano -- I dunno why Brazilian soul singers liked that style, but they did: it doesn't age well. Overall, though, this is pretty cool, especially by Brazilian standards. Definitely an album worth tracking down! (Note: Obviously Bizarro went on to record solo stuff after this, but I'm not sure what became of Arduini - anyone have any info on him?)

Toque De Prima "Se Tem Que Ser Sera" (Velas, 2000)
(Produced by Paulinho Albuquerque)

A heartily welcomed throwback to the soulful acoustic samba style of the '70s, recorded by a crack band out of the Rio samba scene. These fellas keep great company, as seen in guest appearances by sambista Zeca Pagodinho, jazz singer Joyce and forro accordionist Dominguinhos. Only lightly dipping into glossier material, this is pretty much a solid, upbeat, beautifully paced album, well worth checking out.

Toque De Prima "Daqui, Dali D De La" (Rob Digital, 2005)

Toquinho - see artist discography

Toni Tornado "B. R. 3" (Odeon, 1971)
Apparently this fellow was a television actor who briefly made the move into a music career, as a pioneer of the Black Rio soul scene. His debut on the Odeon label is nearly indistinguishable from similar hard-edged funk by Tim Maia, an uneasy, back-and-forth mix between the machinegun yelps and growls of James Brown and the softer crooning of the Philly crowd. Still, it's way better than wimpy material by Cassiano and his ilk. A slew of well-known jazz and soul musicians worked with Tornado on this album (each apparently recording with him on separate sessions), including Paulo Moura, Dom Salvador and Waltel Branco. Worth checking out if you're tracking down these old soul albums.

Toni Tornado "Toni Tornado" (Odeon, 1972)
Tornado's follow-up album is fairly dreadful, though, full of spasmodic, hyperactive arrangements which at their best sound like the disco-y work of Banda Black Rio, and at their worst are simply loud and unfocussed. Retro-funk fans will probably dig this album, but it lacks polish and doesn't really hold up.

Raul Torres & Serrinha "Suspira Meu Bem" (Revivendo, 2004)

Raul Torres "Ta Vendo Muie" (Revivendo, 2004)

Raul Torres "...E Seus Parceiros" (Revivendo, 2004)

Trem Da Alegria "Serie Focus" (Universal, 1999)
Children's music, Brazilian-style... This multi-platinum group recorded several albums, the first three of which featured future pop star Patricia Marx, who was with the group from 1984-88. This is a best-of collection; not sure if Marx is included on any of these tracks.

Tribalistas "Tribalistas" (Phonomotor/EMI, 2002) [Import]
Tribalistas "Tribalistas" (Blue Note, 2002)

A lovely little album! The band's name and all-star cast are an apparent tribute to the Veloso-Gil-Bethania-Costa mid-1970s supergroup, Doce Barbaros (The Sweet Barbarians), but in this case the musicians, neo-tropicalistas Arnaldo Antunes, Carlinhos Brown and Marisa Monte, go for tender restraint, rather than wild excess. It's a remarkably gentle, dreamy album, with an interesting blend of voices and styles. If I had to characterize it, I'd say this sounds more like an Arnaldo Antunes album than anything else, with its off-kilter sensibility and unhurried pace. Monte, who put this album out on her own Phonomotor label, plays the central vocal part, though, with both Antunes and Brown complimenting her in unusual harmony parts. Carloinhos seems a little lost in the mix, at least his former trademark Afro-Brazilian percussion is hardly as prominent as on other albums. All in all, this is a very pleasant, inventive and multi-textured record, well worth checking out!

Tribo Massahi "Estrelando Embaixador" (Riversong, 1972)
(Produced by Joao Negrao)

Two long, wacked-out, acid-laced jam sessions, each clocking in at roughly fourteen minutes... There's a continuous conga drum, a spacy female (or possibly teenaged) chorus, led, at times, by male vocals, and a noodly flute floating round in there as well. It's strangely appealing, in a difficult-listening kind of way, although completely incoherent and formless. A groovy relic of days gone by!

tRIO "After The Carnaval" (Stunt Records, 2009)
A jazzy set by a threesome going by the name of tRIO, pianist Thomas Clausen, flautist Carlos Malta and singer/guitarist Celia Malheiros... Elegant and sugary, but not saccharine or false. Certainly worth a spin if you like the mellower stuff...

Trio 202 "Ao Vivo: New York And Sao Paulo" (Azul Music, 2008)
A modern jazz/choro trio featuring Nelson Ayres, Toninho Ferragutti and Ulisses Rocha...

Trio 3D "Tema 3D" (RCA, 1964)
Trio 3D, featuring teenaged pianist Antonio Adolfo and Argentinian bassist Cacho, apparently backed bossa nova songwriter Carlos Lyra on some of his early songs, and worked the Sao Paulo club circuit in the early 1960s. Although the reissue liner notes proclaim this to be one of the most important albums to come out on RCA-Brasil, it's a bit difficult to see why that would be so. Other than the swank, Dick Farney-esque vocals by bassist Cacho, there isn't much to distinguish this group from the whole host of similar-minded would-be jazzcats that swarmed about in the wake of the bossa nova revolution. Like Luiz Eca, the Zimbo Trio and Milton Banana, Trio 3D rushed the tempo and were weak on harmonic and rhythmic subtlety. This album is kind of cute in a retro-lounge-y kinda way, but it didn't do much for me. It's worth noting, though, that percussionist Dom Um Romao performs on about half these tracks, and you can tell when it's him playing, as the level of technical competence jumps dramatically. (See also: Conjunto 3D)

Trio 3D "Convida" (RCA, 1965)
(Produced by Roberto Jorge)

Another swinging set from Antonio Adolfo and his jazzcat pals... This time around they are joined by guest performers including Eumir Deodato (who provides arrangements on one track), Raul De Souza, trombonist Maciel, and saxophonists J. T. Meirelles and Paulo Moura. This set seems a little less rushed and a bit more lyrical than the first; better rounded, overall. Their next album, recorded as Conjunto 3D, would be more pop-oriented, going for a Sergio Mendes-like crossover sound. This one's worth checking out, though.

Trio Bavario "BavaRio" (Trikont, 1989) (LP)

Trio Calafrio "Trio Calafrio" (Carioca Discos, 2004)
A nice, mellow, old-school pagode samba set, featuring Barbeirinho do Jacarezinho, Luiz Grande and Marcos Diniz, who is the son of velha guarda samba legend Monarco. A bit modern and glossy in places, but mostly solid and enjoyable.

Trio De Ouro "Trio De Ouro" (Revivendo)
One of the many many vocal groups of the "radio singer" era, the Trio went through three different lineups, all led by composer Herivelto Martins, as well as his wife, singer Dalva De Oliveira. Martins was one of the great WWII-era pop composers, with many of his works associated with the Estacio samba school. This disc collects twenty-two tracks, spanning from 1941-1957, and includes versions of several of his best-known songs, such as "Negro Telefone" and "Ave-Maria No Morro," a controversial song which conflated Catholicism and contemporary politics. These tunes mostly have fairly standard arrangements, although on a few songs the female part drifts into a high-pitched, Yma Sumac-y trill which you may find a bit irritating. Mostly though, this is nice old stuff.

Trio Eletrico de Dodo & Osmar - see artist discography

Trio Esperanca - see artist discography

Trio Indaia "Sarava Umbanda E Paz E Amor" (Tropicana) (LP)

Trio Indaia "Noite Linda Para Amar" (Discos Ytamaraty, 1974)

Trio Irakitan - see artist discography

Trio Madeira Brasil "Trio Madeira Brasil" (TMB, 1998)
(Produced by Trio Madeira Brasil & Mauricio Carrilho)

A lovely and pleasantly varied choro album, featuring plenty of classics by Jacob Do Bandolim and Pixinguinha, along with several very creative instrumental versions of MPB tunes by Edu Lobo, Chico Buarque and Egberto Gismonti... even a mandolin-ized rendition of Scott Joplin's "The Easy Winners." This talented trio sidesteps the monochromatic pacing of many choro groups by varying the tempo, melodic attack and dynamics of each song. This album is continually surprising and compelling... well worth tracking down!

Trio Madeira Brasil/Various Artists "... E Convidados -- Ao Vivo" (MCD, 2004)

Trio Madeira Brasil & Guilherme De Brito "A Flor E O Espinho" (Lua Discos, 2007)

Trio Maraya "Trio Maraya" (Som Maior, 1966)
Modest bossa-jazz backing with a sweet-sounding (but kind of square) male vocal trio, working through a set of then-current standards. The vocal arrangements are (thankfully!) not as innovative (or as irritating) as that of groups such as MPB-4 or Quarteto Em Cy -- more in Four Freshmen/Chad Mitchell Trio kinda mode -- which makes them easier to listen to, but also sort of limited and maybe a bit kitschy. This is okay, though comparatively staid. Included in the trio was composer Hilton Accioli, who had several songs recorded by Geraldo Vandre and, decades later, wrote a campaign song for presidential candidate Lula da Silva. Also, they backed samba singer Jair Rodrigues on some of his early records. Thus endeth this history lesson.

Trio Mocoto - see artist discography

Trio Nago "Prece Ao Vento " (Revivendo, 2004)

Trio Parada Dura "Raizes Sertanejas, v.1" (EMI, 1998)

Trio Parada Dura "Raizes Sertanejas, v.2" (EMI, 1998)

Trio Plaza "Uma Noite No Plaza" (Radio Records, 1955)

Trio Surdina - see artist discography

Trio Ternura "Trio Ternura" (CBS) (1971?)
(Produced by Raul Seixas)

A cool psychedelic soul-pop album, produced under the auspices of crazed, ne'er-do-well avant-rocker, Raul Seixas, who was just about ready to get kicked off the CBS label himself for greenlighting his own solo album without the label head's approval. Enough about him, though... This album has some great '60s pop twists, LA-style orchestral stuff, cannily blended with driving funk, similar to early Sly & The Family Stone. They later released an album under the name of Quinteto Ternura. Retro fans pay heed: this is an album worth tracking down!

Trio Virgulino "Forro De Todos Os Tempos"

Trovadores Urbanos "Copacabana" (Dabliu, 2002)
Soft, nostalgic group vocals which hearken back to the pre-bossa "radio singers" era, covering songs by Dorival Caymmi, Joao De Barro, Lupicinio Rodrigues, et. al. The lite jazz arrangements and super-smooth, old-fashioned four-part vocals are a little too gooey for me, but if you like the Quarteto Em Cy or MPB4, this modern quartet might catch your fancy...

Tuca - see artist discography

Tunai "Todos Os Tons" (Polygram, 1981) (LP)

Tunai "Olhos Do Coracao" (Polygram, 1983) (LP)

Tunai "Em Cartaz" (Ariola, 1984) (LP)

Tunai "Tunai" (Polygram, 1985) (LP)

Tunai "Sorrou Pra Mim" (Eldorado, 1988) (LP)

Tunai "Dom" (Maracujazz, 1993)

Tunai "Certas Cancoes: Acustico E Ao Vive" (Jam Music, 2000)

Tunai "Serie Sem Limite" (Universal, 2002)

Tunai "Danca Das Cardeiras" (Independente, 2004)

Tunai "Eternamente..." (MZA, 2011)

Turma Da Bossa "Sambas De Bossa Nova" (Musidisc, 1959)
A mix of lively samba-inflected gafieira and kitschier, tamer "para dancar" dance music. The percussion features lots of genuine samba musicianship and instruments -- cuica, surdo, agogo -- and it's mixed in more prominently than is often the case with similar records of this era; meanwhile the jazzy guitar is pretty fun... What sometimes kills the mood, though, is the plunky piano -- it's just a little too brusque and devil-may-care for my tastes. There's also some relatively restrained saxophone work that fits in well... Really, it's just the piano that stands out like a sore thumb; otherwise, cool record. Anyone know who was in this group?

Turma Da Bossa "Sambas De Brasilia" (Musidisc)

A Turma Do Embalo "O Rei Da Pilantragem: A Turma Do Embalo Interpreta Imperial" (RCA, 1968)
(Produced by Nonato Buzar)

This experimental pop album featured songs by Carlos Imperial -- a key figure in the early '60s ie ie ie rock scene, with backing by pianist Cesar Mariano Camargo, and vocals by a gal named Regininha. Pop-soul star Wilson Simonal also appears on this album; Nonato Buzar also produced singles featuring Regininha, though this may have been the only full album she appeared on...

Turma Da Gafieira "Turma Da Gafieira" (Musidisc) (1957?)
Sometimes blaring, sometimes sluggish, big band-y gafieira music... The album starts out too stilted and sleepy for me, but gets more upbeat and bouncy as it goes along. What's most remarkable, though, is the lineup: according to sources online, this band featured flautist Altamiro Carrilho, Raul de Souza on trombone, Edison Machado on drums, and Sivuca on accordion, among others. I didn't care much for the music, but the historical value is immense! (And check out their other album, which featured guitarist Baden Powell, playing electric, early in his career...!)

Turma Da Gafieira "Samba Em Hi-Fi" (Musidisc) (1957?)
Again, an all-star, heavy-hitter lineup, with flautist Altamiro Carrilho, Raul de Souza on trombone, Edison Machado on drums, guitarist Baden Powell (playing electric, early in his career), and Sivuca on accordion, among others. I didn't care much for the music, but the historical value is immense!

Turma Da Gafieira "The Music Of Brazil: Recordings 1957" (Black Round Records, 2009)
This digital-only release (which may or may not exist in a year's time -- oh, how I hate "the cloud"!) is a straight reissue of the 10" albums above. If you want to check this stuff out, then I guess this is the way to go.

Lucia Turnbull "Aroma" (EMI-Odeon, 1980) (LP)

Tutti Frutti - see artist discography

Julia Tygel "Entremeados" (Tratore, 2011)

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