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Nova Bossa: Red Hot on Verve
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Special Interest, Pop, Latin Music
More than merely a variant on the traditional samba beat, the bossa nova has had a rich life since it emerged in Rio de Janeiro in the late 1950s. It was introduced to American audiences by returning jazz musicians, includ... more »
More than merely a variant on the traditional samba beat, the bossa nova has had a rich life since it emerged in Rio de Janeiro in the late 1950s. It was introduced to American audiences by returning jazz musicians, including guitarist Charlie Byrd, who shared some its most famous tunes with saxophonist Stan Getz. Getz's sweet, breathy tenor saxophone was its ideal American voice, and the bossa nova quickly became a popular craze, spurred by Getz's recordings with the composers Antonio Carlos Jobim and Joao Gilberto (especially Getz/Gilberto). While the phenomenon would soon run its course, leaving a mass of forgettable recordings in its wake, it persisted as part of the rhythmic vocabulary of jazz and as a potent, transforming folk form in Brazil. This compilation includes the greatest hits of Getz's various collaborations, but it also presents a significant and varied sampling of bossa's Brazilian forms, including the politically charged tropicalismo movement founded by Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil. --Stuart Broomer
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bordersj2 | Boston | 08/27/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I love this CD. I purchased it shortly after I bought Red Hot + Rio some three years ago. And this does not disappoint. It is the companion piece to Red Hot + Rio only it features many of the original versions of the songs by their original artists. Astrud Gilberto, Vinicius, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Edu Lobo, Baden Powell, Stan Getz and of course, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Joao Gilberto all star on this CD with many others. What is also special about this CD is the flow of the music. The interludes tie perfectly with the CD. None are too much, only a hint of the streets and escolhas do samba in Brazil. From the first track, taken directly from Orfeu, you're taken into Carnaval in Rio. And the entire album has a melancholic feel to it. Saudade, or a darkness but a happiness in having a dark cloud over you, if that makes sense. And then you're taken to the last track, Corcovado before Waters of March and a truly nostalgic live recording of Aquelle Abraco with Joao Gilberto and Gilberto Gil. Romantic, well put together, and a sure classic compilation. Get this CD! It is tremendous!"
Soothing, peaceful and perfect
bordersj2 | 09/09/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this CD a while ago but it will never leave my CD changer. It is an incredible collection of bossa nova songs that aptly fit together on one CD, mixing the various styles of Antonio Carlos Jobim, Joao Gilberto, Edu Lobo and Sergio Mendes among others. Furthermore, it contains those hard to find songs. If you love bossa nova and the quiet, soothing feeling which it may bring, then you will love this album from start to finish... A must have for any Bossa Nova collection + a must have if you've heard its companion, Red Hot + Rio."
It's not all bossa nova....
bordersj2 | 11/05/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I remember buying this after I bought its companion, "Red, Hot & Rio," and this one is much better in my opinion. It's a good mix of bossa favorites complimented with some pop songs from Caetano Veloso ("Superbacana" is actually one of my favorites from this album) and Gilberto Gil. In some ways this collection is unimaginative, because many of the songs found here are the songs which appear on every bossa/brazil collection (Agua de Beber, Aguas de Marco, Garota de Ipanema, Surfboard), but because they really are so wonderful I can't give it any less than five stars."