Review: First released back in 1977, Trio Mocoto's second eponymous album has long been a favorite with collectors of "MPB" - the most Brazilian of popular music styles. Thanks to the dusty-fingered diggers at Mr Bongo, the album is now available again on wax for the first time since 1980 (and, of course, for a fraction of the cost of an original copy). Like many of the greatest MPB albums of the period, the album's ten tracks brilliantly blend elements of samba, string-laden easy listening, soul, jazz-funk and fusion, with the band's strong group vocals and luscious instrumentation guaranteeing a warm, sun-kissed vibe throughout.
Review: The Brazilian band Trio Mocoto were formed in 1968 in Sao Paulo and reformed in 2000. The group was seminal and often credited in creating the musical style that became known as samba rock or samba soul. The trio are comprised of Joao Parahyba, a vocalist and drummer who worked with the late great Suba, in conjunction with the vocalists/percussionists Nereu Gargalo and Skowa. Their second self titled album was released originally in 1973 on RGE Discos but receives a much needed reissue now on International and features funk, soul, bossa nova and samba styles all mixed beautifully with a distinct Brazilian style. Highly recommended listening.