Bossa Nova Albums – Reviews and technical infomation on bossa nova albums from around the world

102, 2015

10 Degrees South by Sherie Julianne

707, 2014

Album of the week: Let Your Love Rise – Fabiana Passoni

Fabiana Passoni displays her  known strengths and reveals some new ones on her latest release, “Let Your Love Rise.”

1504, 2013

Getz/Gilberto – Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto

There are only few times in modern music when  several elements all come together and create something of great initial impact and with lasting influence. In 1964 when Getz/Gilberto was released this rare feat was achieved. In this context the album can be regarded as one of great historic importance. However this album is much more than a golden artifact. It was and still is a remarkable work of art as well. […]

3003, 2013

Album of the Week: Acoustic Bossa Nova – Ida Landsberg and Simone Salvatore

Despite the fact that bossa nova is often composed and played on a guitar the number of acoustic bossa nova albums produced presently, as in the past, are surprisingly relatively small in number. It is possibly due to this fact, that singer Ida Landsberg could release her album titled “Acoustic Bossa Nova,” without the worry of ambiguity. Safe to say there is no ambiguity from a musical aspect either; Ida Landsberg sounds like no one else on this record. […]

2503, 2013

Album of the Week: Herb Alpert Presents – Sergio Mendes and Brasil 66’

Herb Alpert Presents “presented” to the world a unique group and sound that entertains and impresses in equal measure
At the young age of 25 Sergio Mendes was already an experienced musician in the burgeoning bossa nova movement. He had already paid his dues by playing in the night clubs during the 50’s and had already released a few albums. However, it was not until the release of “Herb Alpert Presents” that Sergio Mendes really solidified the sound and style that would characterize his musical career for decades. […]

1603, 2013

Album of the week: A Certain Mr. Jobim – Antonio Carlos Jobim (1967)

“A Certain Mr. Jobim” serves as a marker in Antonio Carlos Jobim’s Career
 The 60’s was a special decade for Antonio Carlo Jobim. First and foremost it was during this period that his music was first presented to a large North American Audience.  He released 4 solo studio albums, collaborated with many prominent figures in American Jazz and pop and did a number of side projects. For this reason it comes as little surprised that Jobim would look back on the previous years of success and draw on them for ideas when he was creating ” A Certain Mr. Jobim.” […]

903, 2013

Album of the Week – Toquinho e Vinicius

True friendship is a rare commodity and one that seems even more elusive in the music industry. However, if ever there was an exception to this, at least in the world of bossa nova, it would be the personal and musical relationship between Vinicius De Moraes and Toquinho. […]

2802, 2013

Tokyo Bossa Nova Lounge – Various Artists

Tokyo Bossa Nova Lounge , a Brazilian and Oriental mix that will leave you satisfied
If Brazil is the home of bossa nova, then Japan can be considered a second home.  For decades it has produced a large number of artists and albums, in the process forming a prominent subculture in the world of bossa nova. This has often produced two varieties of music. One resembles the original bossa nova of Brazil in every way but name, while the other incorporates new elements, usually with an oriental flavor.  Tokyo bossa nova lounge is a collection of both types, though the former tends to dominate. […]

2302, 2013

Album of the Week: Dim the Lights – Fabiana Passoni

Fabiana “Dims the Lights” with latest release
Fabiana Passoni cultivated her musical talents in her homeland of Brazil before moving to Los Angeles in adulthood. As a result, she was able to incorporate elements of North and South American culture into her life and her music. Her latest EP “Dim the lights” is an expression of this. […]

202, 2013

Album of the Week: Bossa de Alma Nova – Andrea Amorim & Roberto Menescal

At 75 years of age, Roberto Menescal, is a true veteran of bossa nova. His musical career has spanned several decades and has seen him become one of the most important figures in the history of the genre. His influence is not limited to his own career though, as he has helped develop the career of several artists in the role of record producer. His collaboration with singer Andrea Amorim on the album, “Bossa de Alma Nova”, follows this tradition but stands out majorly due to the charisma of Amorim. […]