Chove Chuva

25 Sambas
Cantores de Bossa Nova


01. Agostinho dos Santos - Primavera
02. Lúcio Alves - Castigo
03. Tito Madi e Leny Andrade - Balanço Zona Sul
04. Mutinho e Toquinho - Oi Lá
05. Toquinho & Vinicius - Chega de Saudade
06. Dick Farney - Alguém Como Tu / Marina
07. Chico Buarque - Pedro Pedreiro
08. Jorge Ben Jor - Chove Chuva
09. Agostinho dos Santos - Eu Sei Que Vou Te Amar
10. Geraldo Vandré e Ana Lúcia - Samba Em Prelúdio
11. Dick Farney - Esse Seu Olhar
12. Paulinho Nogueira - Menino, Desce Daí
13. Cauby Peixoto - Bastidores
14. Agostinho dos Santos - Dindi
15. Tito Madi - Ternura Antiga
16. Geraldo Vandré - Sonho de Amor e Paz
17. Toquinho e Jorge Ben Jor - Que Maravilha
18. Edú Lobo e Yvette - Aleluia
19. Paulinho Nogueira - Menina
20. Chico Buarque - Ela Desatinou
21. Toquinho e Vinicius - Januária
22. Agostinho dos Santos - Desafinado
23. Tito Madi - Ligia
24. Agostinho dos Santos - Samba de Uma Nota Só




Bossa Nova

The Birth of Bossa Nova
With his soft, quiet and almost whispering vocal style and his revolutionary way of playing the guitar, João Gilberto appeared in the late 1950's, to charm and conquer first Brazil and soon after the entire world. From the city of Juazeiro in Bahia, João Gilberto was the natural front man and the quintessential central figure for a brand new style of Brazilian music: bossa nova.

In the beginning, the term “bossa nova”, simply referred to a new way of playing and singing samba, incorporating some elements from jazz music and with a pronounced softness, both in terms of musical and poetic presentation. The North American influences, in the form of dissonant chords, typical of jazz, was criticized very heavily by some influential Brazilian critics and cultural figures at the time. It may be hard to imagine today, but João Gilberto's low-key and whispering vocal style, full of small details and nuances, was perceived as highly provocative, as it broke completely with the previously existing singing tradition, with its loud voices and flamboyant presentations. Of course many other contemporary critics praised the innovative bossa nova music and hailed it as the single most important event in Brazilian music history. Apart from the music itself, the lyrics of the early bossa nova compositions, with their highly poetical content, also stood apart from the typical Brazilian popular music of the 50’s.

With his trade mark vocal style and his innovative guitar playing, João Gilberto is rightlfully and widely regarded as the most vital link in the birth of bossa nova, but he was certainly not alone in the process. In fact, bossa nova, as a musical genre, came about gradually during the late 1950's. The fundamental ideas and concept of what would become the bossa nova movement, was hatched by a group of young musicians and cultural enthusiasts from Rio de Janeiro’s middle class. They would regularly meet up to talk about, listen to and play music. One of the most enthusiastic participants in these meetings was the then only 15-year-old girl Nara Leão. Her (or rather her parents') apartment on the fashionable Avenida Atlântica in Copacabana district also became an unofficial “headquarter” for the early bossa nova movement, in 1957. Besides Nara Leão the nucleus of the group first consisted of the young musicians Billy Blanco, Carlos Lyra, Roberto Menescal and Sérgio Rica, but soon grew to include, among others, Ronaldo Bôscoli, Chico Feitosa, Luiz Carlos Vinhas - and of course also João Gilberto himself.

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