Brazilian Bossa Nova

Bossa nova (literally, ‘new trend’), is a style of music with its roots in Brazil. It was developed and popularised during the 1950s and 60s, growing out of a fusion of samba and jazz. Today it holds its place as one of the most important jazz sub-genres in existence.
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Less percussive than samba, bossa nova emerged from the middle-to-upper class regions of coastal Rio de Janeiro. The style is noticeably more complex harmonically, and the influence of jazz lent it a distinctly cool, almost beat-like, aesthetic.

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Bossa Nova grew up in popularity in the 50's

Some of the most famous bossa nova artists from the genres emergence in the 50s include João Gilberto, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Johnny Alf. Initial recordings by these artists were to spread as far as the United States thanks to the amount of North American jazz musicians visiting the country. Several recordings of bossa nova by world-famous jazz musicians followed, including Ella Fitzgerald (“Mas Que Nada”) and Frank Sinatra’s rendition of “The Girl From Ipanema”. Both these songs have been remixed recently, and continue to be reimagined in different forms.
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Bossa nova is rooted primarily on the classical guitar (played with fingers rather than a plectrum). Accompanied by vocals, the guitar is considered the purest form of the genre, although it is more frequently played with an accompanying piano, minimal percussion (usually just hi-hat and rim clicks).
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Carlos Jobim, Bossa Nova KingOnce the genre spread to the US, more lush musical arrangements followed and these are the sounds that people are most often familiar with with they think of the style of bossa nova. Usually wandering strings boost the guitar and piano, removing the genre from the original folk-roots of its core. Nonetheless, bossa nova is a versatile style and no one way of performing it is considered less ‘correct’ to most non-purists.
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=> Suggested Listenings: Antonio Carlos Jobim, Joao Gilberto, Bossacucanova, Gerardo Frisina (Italian)
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