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Desafinado

João Gilberto

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Album Review

Samba's kick-back ebullience has always seemed more attractive than the muttering ellipses of bossa nova. But these recordings (presumably early — zilch data) remind one once again just how great was Gilberto's talent, up-the-sleeve vocal style and all. Classics all, from the super-familiar "Desafinado" to the favorite, "O Pato," with its quirkily enchanting backing. ~ John Storm Roberts, Original Music, Rovi

Biography

Born: June 10, 1931 in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Genre: Bossa Nova

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

When talking about bossa nova, perhaps the signature pop music sound of Brazil, frequently the first name to come to one's lips is that of Antonio Carlos Jobim. With songs like "The Girl From Ipanema" and "Desafindo," Jobim pretty much set the standard for the creation of the bossa nova in the mid-'50s. However, as is often the case, others come along and take the genre in a new direction, reinventing through radical reinterpretation, be it lyrically, rhythmically, or in live performance, making...
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