1404, 2013

Ela é Carioca (She’s a Carioca)

Of all the songs that composer Antonio Carlos Jobim and lyricist Vinicius de Moraes were responsible for Ela é Carioca which translates to She’s a Carioca is probably the one with the most straightforward title. As the name would imply the song centers around a girl who is of interest to the writer but this is no ordinary girl; no, this one is a Carioca. […]

1004, 2013

Norman Gimbel

As a leading translator for bossa nova songs originally written in Portuguese Norman Gimbel, helped break the language barrier and contributed to the bossa nova boom in North America during the late 50’s and 60’s.
The melody had already been composed. Vinicius De Moraes provided the lyrics to the song. It was to be a big hit that would launch careers and change the face of jazz and popular music in America forever. At this time it was called “Garota de Ipanema.” […]

504, 2013

Agua de Beber (Water to Drink)

Quench your thirst with this Classic
First appearing on the album, “The Composer of Desafinado Plays” in 1963, the song, “Agua de Beber” has become a standard for both bossa nova and American Jazz. It is another of the many works crafted by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes. The former is the composer and De Moraes provides the lyrics. […]

104, 2013

RIP Phil Ramone

Phil Ramone will be remembered as a legendary producer and sound engineer behind many of the most important records of the 20th century […]

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. […]

2203, 2013

What is Bossa Nova?

What is Bossa Nova? A question often asked. To find the answer one must be prepared to look deep into the origins of bossa nova

With all things there is a sense of identity. What that person, thing or even idea truly is. So we ask what is the identity of Bossa , or better yet  what is Bossa Nova? For some it is simply the genre of music that swept the west during the 1960s, derived from the technique of Gilberto, the harmonies of Jobim and the lyrics of Vinicius. However, Bossa Nova carries varied significance depending on those you ask. Bossa Nova can be thought of as just a genre, more so a movement, an idea or a culture in itself. […]

1903, 2013

Desafinado (Off Key)

Desafinado: A clever composition based on a clever concept

It is a rarity for a musician to highlight a lack of musical ability as a source of inspiration. Ironically, this was the inspiration for one of the most popular bossa nova songs of all time, “Desafinado” (Off Key).  Remarkably, the background story behind the song is just as ridiculous as the subject matter. […]

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.” […]

1203, 2013

ICE El Hielo by La Santa Cecilia

Ice El Hielo is a calm relaxed bossa tune about serious issues
To say that La Santa Cecilia’s music is eclectic is an understatement. The band based in Los Angeles, California is influenced by several different styles of music including, but not limited to: boleros, reggae, ranchera, mariachi, salsa, afro-cuban and bossa nova. As if that were not enough they add a highly expressive style of performance with a flamboyant way of colorful dress that makes them a rainbow of sounds and visuals. […]