2309, 2012

Song of the Week: Meci Bon Dieu – Bossa Nova Bacchanal

Bringing a melancholic and urban feel, “Meci Bon Dieu” hypnotizes with its smooth saxophone phrases and rhythmic congas. Coupled with brilliant solos by Charlie and Kenny Burrell this track is a great listen. […]

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. […]

2109, 2012

Art Garfunkel: Jobim, one of the great songwriters

Recently, American musician, poet and actor, Art Gunkfel, sat down for an interview with the Huffington post. He discussed his career and music and when asked about some of his favorite work, made mention of Antonio Carlos Jobim and his classic, “Waters of March.” He himself did a cover of the song in 1975 for his album”Breakway.” […]

2009, 2012

Cecilia Monte’s Farewell to Canada

Argentine-born Bossa Nova and jazz vocalist-songwriter Cecilia Monte performs at Toronto’s Chalkers Pubon Sunday, September 23 at 7:00PM for the final stop on her current Canadian tour. Cecilia performs jazz and Brazilian styles with four outstanding Canadian musicians – Howard Rees on bass, Alan Kingstone on guitar, Robert Rowe on piano and Richard Brisco on drums. […]

1909, 2012

Mauricio de Souza on Bossa Nova

Apart of the Kids Jazz Concert Series put on by the WBGO jazz radio station, Mauricio de Souza will give a talk on Bossa Nova. He will explain how American jazz influenced Brazilian music and how the two were combined to create the genre. Musicians will demonstrate how their instruments work and fit into the music. […]

1809, 2012

“A tribute to Caetano Veloso” to be released this October

Caetano Veloso is easily one of the most influential figures in Brazilian music and his career which has spanned several decades has been very celebrated. However, it seems 2012, the year he turns 70, is the year in which his life and career will be celebrated, like never before. Early this year he was named the Latin Grammy personality of the year for 2012 and in October an album dedicated to him will be released. […]

1809, 2012

Nicola Conte to perform in Bulgaria

Italian DJ Nicola Conte who is best known for his unique blend of bossa nova, latin and acid Jazz is to perform at Sofia Live Club on October 6th. […]

1609, 2012

Toquinho to be honored

Brazilian musicians Toquinho and Milton Nascimento  have been selected by the organizers of the Latin Grammy Awards to receive this years Lifetime Achievement Award for their contribution to Latin culture. The awards show will take place on November 15, 2012 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. […]

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. […]

1509, 2012

Song of the Week: Constant Rain – Equinox

“Constant Rain”,originally “Chove Chuva” by Jorge Ben features a bright myriad of instruments ranging from typical Brazilian percussion to an Indian sitar, all blended with vocals and an irresistibly catchy chorus. […]