Bossa Nova Guitar - Various

Bossa Nova Guitar
Released 17/05/10. João Gilberto invented the clean, modernist style that defines Bossa Nova; using the guitar as a percussive as well as a harmonic instrument. He and his contemporaries of the Bossa generation; Baden Powell, Luiz Bonfá and Laurindo Almeida variously combined samba, choro and Afro-Bahian ritual music with Bach, bebop, swing to forge the style that seduced the world and changed the course of musical history. All of these Brazilian guitar masters point to the inspiration of Anibal Augusto Sardinha, Garôto, who, in blending traditional Brazilian music with jazz harmonies, anticipated by years the Bossa Nova conception.
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Baden Powell - Rapaz de Bem / Sem Saudades De Você / Amor Sincopado / No Baixa do Sapateiro / Estrellita / Samba Triste (Sad Samba) / João Gilberto - E luxo só (It's Just a Luxury) / Outra vez / Luiz Bonfá - Manha de Carnival (Morning of the Carnival) / Shearing / Chopin / Luzes do Rio (Lights of Rio) / Uma Prece (A Prayer) / Quebra Mar (The Seawall) / Bonfabuloso / Samba de Orfeu / Walquiria / Dobradinho / Eurdice / Laurindo Almeida - Mystified / Braziliance / GARÔTO - Alma Brasileira / Sons carrilhões / Duas contas / Gracioso / Viivo Sonhando (I'm Always Dreaming) / Um Rosto de Mulher (A Woman's Face)
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O Amor, O Sorriso E A Flor
Amor, o sorriso è a flor (Love, a Smile, and a Flower) is the second in the trilogy of formative bossa nova albums released by João Gilberto between 1959 and 1961 (Chega de saudade ACMEM 179CD being the first).

These albums are quite literally the aesthetic and musical blueprints for a genre that would exert an irresistible worldwide influence on popular music. Our edition features the original (long out of print) classic album in its entirety and original packaging. It includes Joao's historic, first performances of such masterpieces as Samba de uma nota só (One Note Samba), Meditação (Meditation), O pato, Corcovado, Discussão and Outra vez (One More Time)

The album is augmented by rare recordings of some of the famous songs of both O Amor, o sorriso è a flor Chega de Saudade by such important contemporaries as Sergio Mendes, Walter Wanderley, Sylvia Telles, Carlos Lyra, Alaide Costa, Agostinho Dos Santos, Isaura Garcia, Os Cariocas and Luiz Eca

In 1962 Gilberto moved to the United States where he and Stan Getz recorded the million-selling Getz / Gilberto for Creed Taylor¹s Verve; an LP which featured a song (sung by João's then wife Astrud) that was to become one of the most popular of the twentieth century, the Jobim-Vinícius composition, La Garota de Ipanema (The Girl from Ipanema).

The reclusive João Gilberto is the "Great Master" of bossa nova; His art both enigmatic and timeless. He has worked with the Tropicalistas, Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso and influenced generations of arrangers, musicians and singers

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Chega De Saudade
Released on 18/01/10. In the summer of 1958, a singer-guitarist from Bahia in the north of Brazil called João Gilberto created a musical revolution when he joined with Bossa Novas seminal songwriting team, the gifted composer Antônio Carlos Jobim, and the poet and former diplomat, Vinicius de Moraes, to record the songs that would launch this cool, futuristic new music for a confident new era. Bossa nova - The New Way - was influenced by modern classical music (Villa-Lobos, Debussy), jazz and samba-canção. Gilberto brought an unprecedented guitar style and a hushed, understated form of vocal expression that defined the movement and changed the course of music history. In 1959 João Gilberto released Chega de saudade, the first bossa nova LP record and Brazilian music never looked back. Our edition features the original (long out of print) classic album in its entirety, supplemented by the impossibly rare EP of songs from the film Black Orpheus and recordings of some of the famous songs of Chega de saudade by contemporaries such as Elizete Cardoso, Os Cariocas, Alaide Costa, Norma Bengell and Bola Sete. .João Gilberto Chega De Saudade - Chega de saudade (No More Blues) / Lobo bobo (Foolish Wolf) / Brigas nunca mais (Fights, Never More) / Hô-bá-lá-lá / Saudade fez um samba (Saudade made a Samba) / Maria ninguém (Maria Nobody) / Desafinado (Off-Key) / Rosa morena (Brunette Rose) / Morena boca de ouro (Brunette with a Mouth of Gold) / Bim bom / Aos pés da cruz (At the Foot of the Cross) / É luxo só (It's Just a Luxury) Our Price: £9.95

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Bossa Rio
Bossa Rio were a great group produced by Sergio Mendes for- but without all the ballads and slower stuff. Members of the group include Manfredo Fest and Pery Ribeiro, Brazilian stars in their own right. This first album is very jazzy, with nice versions of Cacao do Sal , Veleiro , Saiupa , and Nana -- plus lots of other nice groovers that have a classic A&M bossa feel to them. Group leader Gracinha Leporace was Mrs. Sergio Mendes, and was to provide vocals for the later Brasil 77 albums... Poptastic and Brasilliant! Our Price: £9.95

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Brasilia - Sinfonia da Alvorada
In 1958, Juscelino Kubitschek, president of Brazil, asked Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes to compose a symphonic suite to be used at the opening ceremony of Brasilia, a city, designed by the architect Oscar Niemeyer, that was being built in the state of Goias in the middle of the country and which would be inaugurated as the nation's new capital in April 1960. Niemeyer's vision was one of history's boldest, most dramatic architectural statements that for Brazil was meant to represent a new vision for the future. Tom Jobim and Vinicius de Moreas were two of the principle artchitects of bossa nova. The pair famously co-wrote The Girl From Ipanema and Jobim produced Joao Gilberto's original trilogy of albums that would be the stylistic blueprint for bossa.For the Sinfonia Alvorada, Tom Jobim is conducting the orchestra with the participation of Radames Gnattali (piano), Vinicius de Our edition features the original Oscar Niemeyer artwork. Sinfonia da Alvorada is accompanied by another major Braziilian orchestral work, The Forest of The Amazon, by Heitor Villa-Lobos. Conducted by the composer in his last year, 1959, with the great Brazilian soprano Bidu Sayão, the piece displays the whole range of Villa-Lobos's style, brilliantly evoking the sounds and colours of the jungle with musical. Our Price: £9.95

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Dance Moderno/Orgao Espectacular
This El edition combines two important Brazilian piano, organ albums from the pioneering days of bossa nova.  Dance Moderno by Sergio Mendes, is the acclaimed debut album of a musician who would form the bridge between Bossa Nova and sixties pop. Mendes' breakthrough came - in the same year as Revolver and Pet Sounds - with his group Brasil '66 who developed an evocative new style involving two female vocalists, sensual harmonies and warm Latin rhythms. Their recording of Jorge Ben's Mas Que Nada was a worldwide hit, the first Latin-pop crossover to make the American charts.  Mendes remained in America to become Brazil's most commercially successful musician of the sixties. When the fashion for Bossa Nova gave way to the British Invasion and The Beatles, he notched up another big hit single with his own easy listening version of The Fool On the Hill. Brazilian pianist and master stylist of the Hammond B3 organ, Ed Lincoln served a singular musical apprenticeship in the1950s, working with Luiz Bonfa, Baden Powell, Claudette Soares, Luís Eça, Maestro Radames Gnattali, Nara Leao, Carlos Lyra and Roberto Menescal. And it was with Joao Donato, Joao Gilberto and Tom Jobim that he stayed up all night drinking and improvising Hi-Los style vocals. Fate led him to concentrate on the organ and what followed was a sequence of albums that would showcase his irresistible style. His second album, Orgao Espectacular is one of the best; full of the urbane, quirky, party style music often deployed by Ennio Morricone in his sixties scores. Our Price: £4.99
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