Brazilian Album Reviews

This is a listing of miscellaneous albums and artists under the letter "S"
If an artist or album you like is not reviewed here, please feel free
to contact me and make a suggestion.

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S-1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z | Compilations
Brazilian Styles | 30 Recommended Records | Portuguese-language pop | Brazilian Links | Slipcue.Com

Sa, Rodrix & Guarabira "Sa, Rodrix & Guarabira" (EMI, 2003)
Although patently derivative of psychedelic forerunners such as Os Mutantes and the other tropicalistas, this group is still worth checking out for their melody-driven riffs and devotion to American-style rock'n'roll. This disc combines the trio's first two albums, Passado, Presente E Futuro (1971) and Terra (1973), music made with an abundance of '50s-style rock rhythms, as well as an experimental edge that sets them apart from the formulaic jovem guarda rockers of the previous decade. At times it sounds a little forced, but still can be captivating, especially if you give it more than one chance. Kind of a curio, but still pretty cool. Gutemberg Guarabira and Luiz Carlos Sa went on to record more straightforward pop material in the '70s and '80s, but nothing as striking as this... Ze Rodrix went solo, although he continuted to collaborate with them on various projects...

Sa, Rodrix & Guarabira "Passado, Presente E Futuro" (Odeon, 1971) (LP)

Sa, Rodrix & Guarabira "Terra" (Odeon, 1973)

Sa, Rodrix & Guarabyra "Outra Vez Na Estrada" (Som Livre, 2001)

Sa, Rodrix & Guarabyra "Amanha" (2006)

Sa & Guarabyra "O Melhor De..." (BMG-RCA, 1997)
This best-of set covers the work Gutemberg Guarabira and Luiz Carlos Sa did for the RCA label between 1977-88... It's inoffensive, unmemorable pop material, though judging from the sprinkling of tracks from a 1983 live album, they definitley had their fans. Didn't do much for me, though.

Roberta Sa "Braseiro" (Universal-Brasil, 2005)

Roberta Sa "Belo Estranho Dia Pra Se Ter Alegria" (Universal-Brasil, 2007)

Roberta Sa "Pra Se Ter Alegria: Ao Vivo" (Universal-Brasil, 2009)

Roberta Sa & Trio Madeira "Quando O Canto E Reza" (Universal-Brasil, 2011)

Wanda Sa - See artist discography

Rubao Sabino "Sabao Rubino" (Retoque Solo, 1988)

Marcos Sacramento & Mauricio Carrilho "A Modernidade Da Tradicao" (Buda Musique, 1994)
A pleasant, but unchallenging, acoustic set. Features sprightly acoustic versions songs by several well-known MPB, samba and choro songwriters, including Chico Buarque, Nelson Cavaquinho, Caetano Veloso and Paulinho Da Viola. Classical guitar, smooth vocals and light percussion.

Marcos Sacramento "Caracane" (Dabliu, 1998)

Marcos Sacramento & Carlos Fuchs "Fossa Nova" (Olho Do Tempo, 2006)

Marcos Sacramento "Sacramentos" (Biscoito Fino, 2007)

Sala Especial "Sala Especial" (Bizarre, 2000)
Four cute, kinda garage-y, indie-rockin' instrumentals, built largely around a spy-jazzy electric organ and a perky, infectious beat. One track is a riff on an old bossa standard; other than that, this EP isn't particularly "Brazilian," but that track is clever and the rest is equally fun. Worth checking out.

Salinas "Atlantis" (Tapecar, 1973)

Monica Salmaso & Paulo Bellinati "Afro-Sambas" (GSP, 1997)

Monica Salmaso "Trampolim" (Blue Jackel, 1999)
(Produced by Rodolfo Stroeter)

For the first half of this album, I was entranced by Salmaso's gorgeous voice, which is sort of like Gal Costa's, though tonally richer, and a little more sweet. Then, I started to notice how similar the songs all sounded, and after a while my attention started to drift. Produced by Rodolfo Stroeter, who also sculpted Gilberto Gil's awesome O Sol Oslo album, and has a similarly lavish, multi-textured sound, although it got little drippy towards the end. Nonetheless, Salmaso is a joy to listen to -- if you're looking for something mellow and dreamy, try this out.

Monica Salmaso "Voadeira" (Blue Jackel/Pau Brasil, 2002)
(Produced by Rodolfo Stroeter)

Continuing along the same path as Trampolim, this album is another intimate collaboration with producer Rodolfo Stroeter. It's elegaic and super-mellow, a bit sugary, though sure to please anyone with a relaxed, jazzy world music sweet-tooth.

Monica Salmaso "Iaia" (Biscoito Fino/Adventure Music, 2004)
(Produced by Rodolfo Stroeter)

Quite nice! This album reached me and drew me in in a way that her previous albums did not... It's simpler, more relaxed, more direct, and more lively. Rodolfo Stroeter again produces, but with an eye towards rootsier styles, notably the choro vibe that predominates on many songs. The song selection is broad, encompassing the old-school bossa of Tom Jobim, more modern MPB by Chico Buarque, some traditional-leaning acoustic sambas and samba cancaoes, and even some more angular, offbeat material by Tom Ze and Jose Miguel Wisnik. Although Salmaso's vocals are less ethereal and mysterious than before, they are also more accessible, and more engaging. A very nice album... recommended!

Monica Salmaso "Noites De Gala, Samba Na Rua" (Biscoito Fino, 2007)

Monica Salmaso "Nem 1 Ai" (Biscoito Fino, 2008)

Monica Salmaso "Noites De Gala, Samba Na Rua -- Ao Vivo" (Biscoito Fino, 2009)

Dom Salvador - See artist discography

Iris Salvagnini "...E A Cancao De Marilia Medalha" (Tratore, 2008)
An homage to 1970's MPB singer Marilia Medalha...

Brazilian Music - More Letter "S"

Main Brazil Index
World Music Index

Copyright owned by Slipcue.Com.  All Rights Reserved.  
Unauthorized use, reproduction or translation is prohibited.