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What would the world be like without bossa nova playing at night? Brazil has a huge culture which has given us bossa nova, samba, MBP (Musica Popular Brasileira) and much more. I love listening to the bossa nova cd's that I've found - from the early bossa nova music by Brazil's musical masters to the modern takes on this passionate music.


The Bossa Nova Exciting Jazz Samba Rhythms Volume 4 has a hot babe to go with great Brazilian rhythms. Bach in Brazil is a cool one! The mix of Bach's classical compositions with Brazilian rhythms makes for a fun disc to listen to. Putumayo's Acoustic Brazil has slower rhythms than the previous Brazilian cd's here. According to their website, "Acoustic Brazil focuses on the more delicate Brazilian music that comes to life in the aftermath of the party."

Putumayo's Samba Bossa Nova is an impressive collection! The more I hear bossa nova, the more I like it. Bossa nova has its roots in samba and jazz but the end result is something totally new. Brasileiro is an excellent mix of samba, bossa nova and musica popular brasileira. Unforgettable songs. Cafe Brasil 2 is a compilation of Brazilian choro music. I'd never heard of choro before and am lucky this was tucked in an Ebay auction that I won. Acoustic rhythm for a desert island!

Brazilian Lounge is Putumayo's latest Brazilian compilation. The back of the cd has this to say - "Seductive Brazilian melodies and subtle electronica mix on this collection of contemporary chill-out rhythms." Passionate and relaxing. The soundtrack to the 1959 film, Black Orpheus, was the first time anyone heard bossa nova. According to the cd booklet, "Its composers, Luiz Bonfa and Antonio Carlos Jobim, along with the singer, Joao Gilberto, were the creators of bossa nova, and became the most popular musicians from Brazil when the bossa nova wave inundated American popular music." Just as Saturday Night Fever introduced us to disco, Black Orpheus brought us bossa nova. The next cd, Getz/Gilberto, took bossa nova to new heights. Released in 1964, it features the timeless bossa nova classic, "The Girl From Ipanema". Jobim also played a major role in Getz/Gilberto.

Luaka Bop is David Byrne's world music label. Like Putumayo, the cd's come with booklets full of information and perspective on the music. Here are Brazil Classics 1-3. Beleza Tropical, the first in the series, is a compilation of MPB. Next is Samba and finally Forro. Forro is a form of music from Brazil's northeast and according to the cd booklet, is a "mixture of ska and polka with overdrive!"

Beleza Tropical 2 continues where Brazil Classics 1 - Beleza Tropical left off. The Girl From Ipanema - The Antonio Carlos Jobim Songbook is a collection of songs by Jobim. Some are performed by Jobim and some by other bossa nova and jazz musicians. The artwork has that colorful bossa nova look to it. Brazilian Byrd, by American jazz musician Charlie Byrd, is a 30 minute tribute to bossa nova. The cd has the same songs from the original 1965 release plus one bonus alternate take of the song Engano.

Part of a series of cd's dedicated to fighting AIDS, Red Hot Rio is a collection of modern takes on Brazilian music. The booklet discusses Brazilian music and safe sex and mentions that thanks to this series of cd's, millions of dollars have been donated to AIDS organizations around the world. George Michael, Sting (who does a song with Jobim) and David Byrne each sing a song on Red Hot Rio. Compact Jazz - Stan Getz is a collection of 12 songs by American jazz tenor saxophonist Stan Getz. Nine of the twelve songs are classic bossa nova tunes and three are jazz. Joao and Astrud Gilberto, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Charlie Byrd, Luiz Bonfa and Chick Corea all contribute. The music was recorded from 1962 to 1967 and finishes off with a live version of The Girl From Ipanema performed at Carnegie Hall in 1964.

Nu Bossa is a two disc compilation of nu bossa - a mix of downbeat electronic music and bossa nova. There are some songs that any bossa nova fan will recognize and some that are new to my ears. A great choice for a midnight chillout.


We bought these cd's on our 2007 trip to South America. We saw Trio Melero, Miguez, Iovino at the Notorious Club in Buenos Aires. A bossa nova performance we'll never forget. Notorious is the premier jazz and world music club of Buenos Aires. A classy atmosphere, a bottle of Argentinian wine and smooth sounds. We bought the cd after the show. Same goes for Adriana Rios - she was just as impressive. We went to Notorious four times during our month in Buenos Aires. These two bossa nova shows, a piano jazz show and a saxophone jazz show. We also saw a freestyle jazz show at a Palermo hotel and some Argentinian rock at a San Telmo bar.

I saw the Universal Brasil cd at a music store near Hostel Sol for $1. When I got back to the hostel, I realized the cd was part of a series. I bought 20 more for $1-$3 a piece! All of the biggest names of Brazilian music are covered. I found the Bahia 98 cd in Salta, Argentina. Bahia is a state in northeastern Brazil and the music sounds like carnaval - a dance party.


Our six month trip to South America - including two weeks in Rio and a trip to the Iguazu Falls in the north - got us hooked on Brazilian music. We both wanted more music! Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso and Astrud Gilberto are among the greatest musicians and singers in the world. We bought these cd's in Eilat between late 2007 and the summer of 2008. We don't go a day without Brazilian music.


We bought these two cd's while in Amman, Jordan in June 2008. They cost about $1 each and are great collections of Brazilian music. We didn't go to Jordan to buy Brazilian music! But we bought about 18 cd's of Arab music so these two rounded our music shopping in Amman to 20.


From the same series as the above Astrud For Lovers. This cd has different versions of well known Bossa Nova songs. I appreciate that the booklet has info on each song - when and where it was recorded.


I found Stan Getz - Ballads & Bossa Nova in Orlando in 2008. Its a mix of Bossa Nova and other material. I've no idea what and where the other songs are from as there are no liner notes, but I'll keep looking! Even if I don't know much about the songs that aren't Bossa Nova, this short but sweet cd was a great find! The more I listen to Stan Getz, the more I appreciate his genius.


Getz/Gilberto #2 is a now historic concert that took place in Carnegie Hall, New York City on October 9, 1964. Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto each played a set. Though there were earlier Bossa Nova shows in New York City, Getz/Gilberto #2 has passed the test of time. Verve did an excellent job recording it. The clear sound is beyond what I expected for 1964. Getz plays Cool Jazz and Gilberto plays Bossa Nova. Both are alike in their minimalist approach. This version doesn't include Astrud Gilberto singing The Girl From Ipanema. I bought it on election day in Israel - February 10, 2009. There was literally a sandstorm outside. The things we do for our Bossa Nova!


I found these and upgraded versions of Getz/Gilberto and Getz/Gilberto #2 on Ebay in March 2009. Jazz Samba was the seminal Bossa Nova album that took Bossa Nova to the next stage. Charlie Byrd introduced Stan Getz to the music he discovered in Brazil and the two recorded Jazz Samba. Decades later, Jazz Samba sounds just as good as it did in 1962. Jazz Samba Encore was the sequel to Jazz Samba and it features Stan Getz with Luiz Bonfa. Jazz Samba Encore was released in 1963.

Next on the list are two more classics - Getz/Gilberto and Getz/Gilberto #2, both released in 1964. So The Girl From Ipanema astounded the world the same year The Beatles brought their music to America and the world. The upgraded versions of those two albums are terrific. Each song is a few seconds longer - the fadeouts were removed and you hear a bit more of the magic in this music. Getz/Gilberto has "45 rpm single" versions of The Girl From Ipanema and Corcovado. Getz/Gilberto #2 has five more songs than the other version of it above - including the song The Girl From Ipanema. This version is the best souvenir of that historic concert.

The Steamer is a Stan Getz recording from 1956 - years before Bossa Nova. You can hear that cool jazz sound in everything he plays. Cool Velvet And Strings is an interesting cd. It is really two albums - Cool Velvet and Voices. Cool Velvet, originally released in 1960, was Stan Getz's first album that featured Stan string instruments. A breezy sound. Velvet, from 1966, is just after Stan's Bossa Nova period and its back to cool jazz. Quiet Now - Body And Soul is a Verve compilation of chilled-out tunes. Now that I have a bunch of Verve cd's, I love the quality. Like Putumayo, they put an effort into artwork design and most important - there's usually lots of info about the cd. These Getz cd's are a part of history and Verve documents them well.


I have a bunch of Brazilian compilations that feature Bebel Gilberto and finally bought this cd, Tanto Tempo, in Jerusalem in April 2009. I love the mix of Brazilian music and lounge-chillout. Bebel Gilberto has mastered this art.



I bought these and the below Stan Getz cd's on Ebay in June 2009. The Bossa Nova Albums is a 5 cd collection with Jazz Samba, Big Band Bossa Nova, Jazz Samba Encore, Getz/Gilberto and Getz/Almeida. Big Band Bossa Nova and Getz/Almeida were new to my collection. Big Band Bossa Nova is exactly that - Bossa Nova to a big band sound. It sort of connects two eras. Getz/Almeida is a jazzier take on Bossa Nova. Both are classics like the rest.




The Bossa Nova Years is a four disc compilation. Disc one is Jazz Samba and Big Band Bossa Nova. Disc two is Jazz Samba Encore with two bonus songs. Disc three is Getz Au Go Go. Disc four is most of Getz/Almeida and ends with three songs from Getz/Gilberto #2 - the last song is of course The Girl From Ipanema.

I also bought Getz Au Go Go as a single disc. This show took place a few months before the Getz/Gilberto #2 show. Astrud Gilberto's singing with Stan Getz's saxophone at a popular New York City club in 1964 - I wouldn't mind travelling back in time for that!

Stan Getz released seven albums during his majestic Bossa Nova period - Jazz Samba, Big Band Bossa Nova, Jazz Samba Encore, Getz/Gilberto, Getz/Almeida, Gets Au Go Go and Getz/Gilberto #2. Neither of these box sets have it all in one place and I'm glad I bought all seven and came across these box sets as well - they each have bonus tracks that make them worth their relatively inexpensive price. I have three versions of Getz/Gilberto - one is the original LP version and the other two are remastered with extra time on the songs and of course have bonus songs. This is how you cover Stan Getz's Bossa Nova period - seven cd's and two box sets!

I strongly recommend getting all seven. They are like priceless jewels in a museum. The marriage of Jazz and Samba and the birth of Bossa Nova. Can you imagine today's lounge and chillout music without Bossa Nova? Bossa Nova taught us to play and say less without losing our rhythm.



Early Autumn was a strange choice for me - this is a compilation of Stan Getz recordings from 1945-1950. Its Post World War Two Jazz and Stan Getz is at the beginning of his career. It says something about Getz's career and depth - from the 40's to the 90's. Early Autumn sounds like America in those days - happy and jumping about.


West Coast Jazz is Stan Getz's well known "Cool Jazz" album from 1955. This form of Jazz (which I love) was a stepping stone along the way to Bossa Nova. Jazz steps back and instead of the jumpy beat, West Coast Jazz considers every note carefully and the music becomes ambient.

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