Bebel Gilberto Sums Up Life’s Experiences on “Tudo”
From The Boston Globe: “Bebel Gilberto is a prolific assimilator. She was born into the first family of Brazilian pop, then shuttle between Rio de Janeiro and New York City as a child before finally relocating stateside in her 20s. She’s since crafted a personal style informed by her international view and the talents of many assorted collaborators.
Gilberto’s sound advances the Bossa Nova style of her parents’ generation into a contemporary milieu. She’s also recorded respectful but distinctive takes on well-known standards from her homeland, while proposing songs by the likes of Bob Marley and Neil Young for the canon. It makes sense that her latest album is called “Tudo,” which translates from the Portuguese as “all” or “everything.”
2016 Summer Olympics Mascots Named After Black Orpheus Songwriters
From a recent feature on Broadway World: “The Organizing Committee for the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro just announced its official mascots will be “Vinicius” and “Tom” — named after legendary Bossa Nova arists Vinicius de Moraes and Antonio Carlos “Tom” Jobim. These two vital voices in Brazilian culture were responsible, along with collaborator Luiz Bonfa, for the now iconic music at the heart of the Academy Award and Cannes Palme d’or winning film “Black Orpheus”
Stacey Kent, New Jersey’s Finest Bossa Nova Chanteuse, Returns To Her Roots
From a recent feature on NJ.com: “…Fourteen-year-old Stacey Kent was in her comfortable South Orange home in the early 1980s, playing cards and listening to music with a school chum, when a new album started whirling on her turntable. Like some sort of surburban Alice in Wonderland, Kent felt as if she had fallen into a magical world. The album in question? The Bossa Nova classic “Getz/Gilberto” by American saxophonist Stan Getz and Brazilian guitarist Joao Gilberto.
“What I heard struck a chord,” Kent recalled. “There was this sweet, soft, melancholic melody pitched against this propulsive rhythm. The two elements pulled me right in.” Decades later, after a world-spanning career as a jazz singer, Kent, now 46, continues to return to the music of Brazil, but in her own way. Her latest album, “Changing Lights”, is self-consciously not a “Brazilian album,” she said — but any fan of bossa nova would smile in appreciation at its understated groves and bittersweet tone…”
At 80, Bossa Nova Pioneer Joao Gilberto Not Slowing Down
From a recent DownBeat Magazine feature on the great Joao Donato: “…One of Bossa Nova’s most prolific composers, Donato is one of the few founding fathers of the genre who is still performing. He was a contemporary of the late Antonio Carlos Jobim and the still-live but reclusive Joao Gilberto; he performed and co-wrote songs with both of them. But Donato when his own way musically, pioneering a uniquely funky style of electric bossa-jazz in the 70s and 80s. As a player he alternated between acoustic piano and Fender Rhodes. His songs and arrangements also reveal strong Latin roots, a sign of the profound influence of bandleaders like Tito Puente and Mongo Santamaria, with whom he played in the 60s…”
Read the entire article on DownBeat Magazine’s Website
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