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

610, 2012

Album of the Week Review: Wave – Antonio Carlos Jobim

By 1967, Antonio Carlos Jobim had played a significant role as one of the leading pioneers of bossa nova. Having already worked on monumentous albums such as “Orfeu da Conceição” and “Getz/Gilbero,” the release of “Wave” further consolidated his position as a legend. […]

2909, 2012

Album of the Week: Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim

Frank Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim are two musicians who are no strangers to collaborations. Throughout their long and celebrated careers they both collaborated with a number of established acts. When both musical giants met for the 1967 album, “Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim,” it represented a merger of two distinct styles from men who could both be described as pioneers and trendsetters. […]

2209, 2012

Album of the week: Bossa Nova Bacchanal – Charlie Rouse

In the early 60’s, the release of a bossa nova album by an American jazz musician was not a rare phenomenon. Bossa nova had become a new craze in North America and this led to a number of album releases that were less than noteworthy. Ironically, Charlie Rouse’s 1962 album “Bossa Nova Bacchanal”, though generally not as popular as others, certainly stands out as one of the best albums in this category.

A lot of this has to do with the approach Rouse took for this album. His conscious decision to stick with his jazz roots but smoothly fit in elements of bossa nova, Latin and Caribbean music was a wise one. It allows this album to stand out with a level of authenticity amongst a crowd of imitators. […]

1509, 2012

Album of the Week: Equinox – Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66

The “Equinox” is an astronomical event that occurs twice a year and represents a balance between time and space. It is with this above knowledge, that it seems a fitting title for the sophomore album from bossa nova group “Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66.”  Every second of the 24 minute musical journey is appropriately balanced and comes together well.

The unique sound of Brasil ’66 flourishes on this album with the lively exuberance one would expect from this group. The arrangement is complex and energetic incorporating various elements with careful precision. The sonic depth and audio spread out is captivating. […]

809, 2012

Album of the week: Open Air – Cecilia Monte

As an Argentine multi-instrumentalist and singer with a strong affinity for Brazilian music, Cecilia Monte, has a unique musical and cultural background to draw from and she uses this well throughout her first full length studio album, “Open Air.”

Her decision to record the album in English, Portuguese and Spanish serves as the first testament of her versatility and choice to incorporate various aspects of her life into one project. This becomes even more apparent with her decision to record both jazz and bossa nova songs on this album. It’s a daring musical decision but one that she was able to execute seamlessly. […]

109, 2012

Album of the Week: Bebel Gilberto (2004) – Bebel Gilberto

Bebel Gilberto may be the daughter of bossa nova legend and inventor, Joao Gilberto, but in 2004 on the eve of the release of her eponymous album, all pressure and expectations were self-inflicted. Her much celebrated debut album “Tanto Tempo” was still fresh in the memory of music lovers and the 4 year wait for the follow-up made this release, one that was highly anticipated. […]

2508, 2012

Album of the week: Construção – Chico Buarque (1971)

Chico Buarque is an individual with the rare distinction of being widely recognized and respected as both a literary and musical talent. Even more impressive, is his ability to creatively express political and social issues in a form that is effective and equally entertaining. His career has spanned more than 4 decades and has produced a number of critically acclaimed works but none more so widely appreciated than “Construção.” […]

1808, 2012

Album of the Week: Estudando a Bossa – Nordeste Plaza (2008) – Tom Ze

Brazil is a country that is blessed with a cornucopia of big personalities and talented musicians, so for one individual to stick out amongst the masses in both regards is a sign of someone special and Tom Ze is exactly that. His larger than life personality seems to bring equal or even more notoriety to him than his music. This is not a bad a thing however, as the music perfectly mirrors the personality. He is unconventional, comical, clever and always innovative and that is exactly what his album “Estudando a Bossa – Nordeste Plaza” is as well. […]

1108, 2012

Album of the Week: Jazz Samba Encore (1963) – Stan Getz & Luiz Bonfa

Being the album that is supposedly the sequel to the ground-breaking “Jazz Samba” and the prelude to the phenomenal and Grammy album of the year”Getz/Gilberto” may make “Jazz Samba Encore” seem like a smaller album sandwiched between two colossal works, but rest assured the album is a giant in its own right. […]

408, 2012

Album of the week: Look to the Rainbow (1965) – Astrud Gilberto

“Look to the Rainbow” is the third solo album released by bossa nova superstar Astrud Gilberto.  Much like her previous two releases, ”The Astrud Gilberto Album” and “The Shadow of your Smile”, Gilberto strikes a chord with her listeners due to her distinct voice. […]