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Jazz - Released January 31, 2014 | MPS

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Jazz - Released May 26, 2017 | MPS

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Jazz - Released May 13, 2016 | MPS

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Jazz - Released January 31, 2014 | MPS

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Beautiful, expressionistic playing from a Latin player. © Ron Wynn /TiVo
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Jazz - Released November 20, 1972 | MPS

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Jazz - Released January 1, 1991 | Concord Records

An excellent Brazilian guitarist, Baden Powell has played with his share of American jazz greats (including Herbie Mann and the late Stan Getz). But there's no jazz to be found on Seresta Brasiliera, which was recorded for the Brazilian Caju Music label in 1988 and released in the U.S. on Milestone/Fantasy in 1994. The title Seresta Brasiliera translates to "Brazilian serenade," and an unaccompanied Powell embraces the Brazilian serenade style on personal, introspective versions of Pixinguinha's "Rosa," as well as songs he wrote with his frequent partner, the late Vinicius De Moraes (including "Velho Amigo," "Cancao Do Amor Ausente" and "Serenata Do Adeus"). A melancholy mood defines much of the CD, and Powell's playing is often as beautiful as it is sad and remorseful. Seresta Brasiliera is an album with little optimism and plenty of soul. © Alex Henderson /TiVo
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World - Released October 11, 2005 | Sunnyside

Baden Live a Bruxelles is late gig, recorded in October of 1999, less than a year before his death the following September. Some of Baden Powell's later studio recordings lacked focus, or felt tossed off, or were controlled by whoever produced them. Not so here. On Live a Bruxelles, Powell's playing contains all of the majesty, elegance, and grace fans had come to expect. He is definitely on here. His program, as one would expect, is almost all samba. Having written with, and during the same era as, Vinicius de Moraes and Tom Jobim, Powell's memory of these difficult, yet utterly beautiful tunes is spotless. Listen to his "Samba Triste" here. Though he must have played it more than a thousand times in concert, he attacks it with the same delicacy and intensity he did when he first recorded it in the late 1950s. Another notable -- on an album where there is no filler -- is the fiery "Samba do Aviao," by Jobim, where Powell carries his jazz chops into the heart of the tune, turns it inside out, and never loses the essence. His improvised introduction to "Asa Branca," is a showstopper, where trace elements of flamenco, classical music, jazz, and Brazilian folk styles all weave together to create something utterly mysterious yet nearly hummable. The tune itself feels like an intro to the Powell/ de Moraes prelude "Samba em Preludio." Powell's reading of "Girl from Ipanema," is warm, humorous, and refreshing. There is genuine tenderness in it, without sentimentality. A surprise here -- though he's recorded it before -- is his articulate, reverent version of J.S. Bach's "Jesus Alegria Dos Homens." "Berimbau," is an exercise in his pure mastery of the guitar. Powell makes it sing. In sum, the audience who witnessed this concert were treated to something rare, and even heartbreakingly moving: a legend working through the fabric of his life in music. It's obvious that Powell was focused not just in mind, but in heart, too, so emotional is his playing. This is a must for fans, and one hell of an introduction for the curious. © TiVo
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Jazz - Released May 8, 2015 | MPS

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Jazz - Released January 1, 1993 | Verve

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This compilation of recordings by Baden Powell doesn't specify exactly when they were made, though the guitarist is heard primarily as a solo artist, sometimes with added percussion or strings. In any case, the Brazilian master of bossa nova is in great form throughout this collection, with a lyrical, generally understated approach to his instrument. Among the highlights are the brisk "Consolação," "Apelo," and some of the many songs composed with lyricist Vinícius de Moraes. A flutist and a percussionist (both unidentified) join him for a live performance of "Carinhoso," along with the international hit "Garota de Ipanema" (better known as "The Girl from Ipanema"). For anyone desiring a good survey of his recordings, this anthology will be a good investment -- if it can be located, as it is no longer in print. © Ken Dryden /TiVo
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World - Released October 28, 2014 | Biscoito Fino

Jazz - Released May 13, 2016 | MPS

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World - Released March 8, 2007 | Deckdisc

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World - Released April 10, 2007 | KOCH RECORDS

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World - Released March 7, 2011 | Frémeaux & associés

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Jazz - Released June 19, 2015 | MPS

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Bossa Nova & Brazil - Released September 10, 2007 | Kuarup Music

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World - Released July 17, 2020 | Kuarup Music

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World - Released April 26, 2010 | Bela Records

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Bossa Nova & Brazil - Released September 6, 1991 | HORTUS

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World - Released June 23, 1980 | WM Brazil