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

2601, 2013

Album of the week – A Certain Smile, A Certain Sadness – Astrud GIlberto & Walter Wanderly

At the time of the release of ,”A Certain Smile, A Certain Sadness,” Astrud Gilberto was already one of the leading artists in bossa nova, especially for North American audiences. She had already worked with big names such as husband Joao Gilberto, Stan Getz and Antonio Carlos Jobim. This album was unique in that it saw her collaborate with a certain organist. His name was Walter Wanderly. […]

1901, 2013

Album of the Week: Disney Adventures in Bossa Nova

Much like bossa nova, Disney is another creation of the 20 century that has had far-reaching cultural implications and would become known across the world. The title for this album seems quite apt as Disney were embarking on uncharted territory. The decision to gather Brazil’s greatest artists and have them sing their versions of Disney classics in the style of bossa nova was certainly an unusual and daring one. […]

1101, 2013

Album of the Week: Orfeu da Conceição – Vinicius De Moraes

Few have enjoyed such enduring recognition and appreciation for their culture and artistic contributions to their country as Vinicius De Moares has. Characteristic of his multifaceted career, Vinicius provided both the script for his play, “Orfeu da Conceição” and the accompanying soundtrack with the same title. Therefore, this album is significant as it represents the first time Vinicius would be a main artist and writer on a musical album and it also marks the beginning of his collaboration with Jobim. […]

501, 2013

Album of the Week: Tanto Tempo- Bebel Gilberto

Being born to parents that have enjoyed success in the music industry is often both a gift and a curse. Doors are opened for such privileged offspring but expectations are usually placed on the son or daughter.

Despite being the daughter of bossa nova legend Joao Gilberto and artist Miucha, Bebel Gilberto does not struggle from any form of identity crisis. Rather than rush her work, her major debut album, “Tanto Tempo” was released in 2000 at the age of 34 after years of working with various collaborators and on a number of projects. The result are clear to be seen as the album is every bit as mature as its artist. […]

112, 2012

Album of the Week: Jazz Samba Project – Veronneau

Veronneau is defined by its originality and diversity. The band itself is comprised of musicians from different continents and they collectively specialize in a unique brand of pop and jazz with a focus on bossa nova.  The “Jazz Samba Project” is the product of their combined influences with a focus on paying tribute to the historical release from which the name of the album is derived. […]

1811, 2012

Album of the Week – Bossa Carioca – Lisa Ono

In Japan, and other parts of Asia, bossa nova is a well-received cultural import. Since the 60’s a number of artists and bands have emerged with unique and at times innovative approaches to the genre. That Lisa Ono is recognized as Japan’s premier ambassador of the music is a testament to her success. “Bossa Carioca” is a celebration of this.

Released more than a decade into her career, the album serves as a compilation of her work to that point. As one of the most prominent Japanese interpreters of the music, there’s no surprise to see familiar titles such as “Chega de Saudade” and “Corcovoda,” on the track listing. Her smooth, clean vocals do songs like these justice and are a good fit with the modern bossa arrangement which is decidedly lightweight. […]

1111, 2012

Album of the Week: Quiet Nights – Miles Davis

The 60’s saw the popularization of bossa nova in American homes and as an admitted admirer of the music from Brazil, it is not surprising that Miles Davis would attempt an album inspired by the new craze. Having already released three strong albums together, “Quiet Nights”, would serve as the final collaborative effort from the celebrated duo of Davis and Gil Evans.

Putting aside his virtuoso ability with a trumpet, Davis’ versatility as a musician and attitude towards innovation are two of his defining characteristics. These aforementioned qualities are tested on this release. […]

2710, 2012

Album of the Week – Contagious – Sitti Navarro

After 5 successful album releases, Sitti Navarro, the Philippine’s “Queen of Bossa Nova” released” Contagious” in 2009. Fittingly titled; the album features a number of standards and classic songs that have been infected by her voice and style.

With her talent showcased in previous work, she explores new avenues in “Contagious”. Manoeuvring through songs with varying styles, she manages to inscribe her special qualities on each song. This is done with confidence and security that is backed by a voice that is both radiant and calming. […]

2010, 2012

Album of the Week: Joao- Joao Gilberto

In 1991 Joao Gilberto commemorated a glittering career with the release of “Joao.”  After years of not releasing original compositions, this album stands out as his only work in that category for the entire decade. Undoubtedly, it stands out for much more as well. […]

1310, 2012

Album of the Week: Big Band Bossa Nova – Quincy Jones

The 60’s was a golden decade for bossa nova and Quincy Jones. For both, it brought an increased mainstream prominence amongst North American audiences (and by extension global audiences). Released in 1964, “Big Band Bossa Nova” brought both together for the first time.

Of course this was not an entirely unique endeavor  Several American acts had already experimented with this new sensation. However, what separates this album from the others is the musical direction taken. As the name suggests this is a big band ensemble performing bossa nova compositions. […]