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Pure Bossa Nova: Os Cariocas

Os Cariocas

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Album Review

Os Cariocas only recorded bossa nova after their second decade of recording, but it's what they're best known for, especially outside of Brazil. Despite sounding like a cool vocal group (à la Swingle Singers or others), the group helped the vanguard of early bossa nova composers, performing Jobim songs as early as 1954. This 14-track collection, rather brief at 35 minutes, includes recordings they made for the Verve/Universal family of labels during the early to mid-'60s. Not all of their best repertoire is owned by the Universal catalog — both "Chega de Saudade" and "Corcovado" would have been good additions — but what is here is quite good: "Ela é Carioca," "Samba de uma Nota Só," and "Garota de Ipanema."

Biography

Formed: 1946 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Genre: Brazilian

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Active since 1942 (having had 20 years of success at the prestigious Rádio Nacional) and singularized in comparison to other vocal groups of the time for the elaborated arrangements for four or five voices, the Os Cariocas became the most representative vocal group of bossa nova after their 1957 recording of "Chega de Saudade" (Tom Jobim/Vinícius de Moraes) with João Gilberto on guitar. One of the first recordings of this classic song, the immediate success in this new genre made them to embrace...
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