I’m not sure exactly when or how my interest in Brazilian sounds began. Growing up, my parents had tons of Sergio Mendes LPs and jazz recordings featuring Antonio Carlos Jobim, but I always dismissed them as boring easy listening. The first Brazilian song I remember being interested in (i.e. ‘obsessed with’) was the Os Mutantes version of “Bat Macumba”. DJ Dia would frequently play it in the 60s/soul room at LA indie night, Club Bang. From the moment I heard it, I couldn’t rest until I found out who the artist was and owned it.
Hearing that Os Mutantes LP was a revelation. As a fan of 60s psychedelia, elements of their sound were very familiar but hearing them combined with Brazilian styles (as well as avant-garde, classical, etc.) opened my ears to a whole new musical world. Soon I was backtracking and listening to those records I previously dismissed. As well as bossa nova and tropicalia, I’ve been turned on to the soul/funk stylings of artists like Tim Maia and Toni Tornado, jazz funk hybrids, and a distinctive take on disco.
Normally, for my Clifton’s Corner segments, I like to write at length about the tunes I’ve selected. This time is a little different. For this installment, I’ll let the music do the talking.
Previously: Find the Clifton’s Corner archives, HERE…