An amazing collection – every single Jorge Ben album recorded for Philips – one hell of a massive legacy in music, packaged here with a bonus CD of rare material too! The albums in the collection are the stuff of legend – amazing discs that forever changed the face of Brazilian music with Jorge's unique blend of samba and soul, plus a touch of funk as the 70s came on – and together, the music is a mindblowingly heavy batch of work that few other artists could ever match! Titles include Samba Esquema Novo, Sacudin Ben Samba, Ben E Samba Bon, Big Ben, Jorge Ben (1969), Forca Bruta, Negro E Lindo, Ben, 10 Anos Depois, A Tabua De Esmeralda, Solta O Pavao, Gil E Jorge, and Africa Brasil. Rarities disc is unique to this set, from what we can tell – and is filled with goodies too!
An Argentinian classical-trained violinist. He played both for La Cofradía de la Flor Solar and Billy Bond y la Pesada. On his 1973 experimental solo album, titled "Su Violin Magico Y La Pesada", he was assisted by Kubero Díaz (guitar), Claudio Gabis (guitar), Alejandro Medina (bass, vocals), Isa Portugheis (drums) and Billy Bond (effects and mixing). Side one is wholly instrumental with quite a lot of lengthy solos. Side two had lyrics but is notable for some excellent guitar work. When La Pesada split, Pinchevsky moved to Europe. He joined Gong, playing violin on their Shamal album.
Jim Oliver, Emmy Award-winning performer, and Jorge Alfano, world music multi-instrumentalist, envelop you in a sensual and warm musical ambiance. The Musical Massage Series features instrumental works that immerse the listener in an ambiance of relaxation, deep healing, and rejuvenation. This is music that was created to be heard, felt, and absorbed. A sonic massage for the mind, body, and soul…
First released in 1967, O Bidú is Jorge Ben's fifth full-length album. It is in many ways a typical album for Ben in the '60s, full of sweet, sincere, and mainly upbeat songs, with the music mixing samba with elements of bossa nova, swing, pop, and soul. Compared to many other works by Ben, the string and horn sections are used very sparsely. The tone of the album is set right from the start with the catchy opening track "Amor de Carnaval," one of the best songs Ben has ever written. "Frases," with its soft groove and neat lyrics, and "Toda Colorida" are two other highlights on this highly enjoyable album, whose only real flaw is its brief playing time (only just over 31 minutes).