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The earliest and one of the best of the bossa nova singers, Sylvia Telles recorded the versions of a host of Brazilian standards that became the way to sing them, echoed by Astrud Gilberto, Elis Regina, and many others. The Verve collection Pure Bossa Nova includes 14 songs from the last half of her brief ten-year career, roughly from 1960 through 1966. Although the ideal Telles compilation would dip into the '50s as well, it's difficult to fault the compilers here; this is easily one of the best American retrospectives ever done on Telles, with her work on songs like Jobim's "Dindi," "Samba de uma Nota Só," and "Vivo Sonhando," Luiz Bonfá's "Manhã de Carnaval," and Vinícius de Moraes' "Você e Eu." Listeners with only superficial knowledge of Brazilian music will be delighted by Telles' artistry, including the range and sophistication of Regina but the sweetness of Gilberto.


Born: 27 August 1934 in Brazil

Genre: Brazilian

Years Active: '50s, '60s

Perhaps the most talented Brazilian vocalist during the 1950s and '60s, Sylvia Telles preceded the advent of the bossa nova era but quickly became one of its biggest fans, praising with tributes the excellent songwriters Antonio Carlos Jobim and João Gilberto. Telles debuted in 1955, and covered her first Jobim tune just one year later. She also recorded with Luiz Bonfá, and produced a full LP of Jobim songs, Amor de Gente Moca. By the early '60s, she had made her first trip to America, recording...
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