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Album Review

The eminence grise of bossa nova steps halfway out of the shadows in a performance that, as always, adds new depth to the word reflective. Guitar of perfect simplicity backs vocals at once provisional-seeming and definitive. The songs themselves mix standards like "Aquarela do Brasil" and "Garota de Ipanema" with less familiar songs. ~ John Storm Roberts, Original Music, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Great album except...

This really is a five-star album but it has one serious problem: recorded live at Montreux, you are going to get the wonderful Gilberto and his guitar on every track AND what is probably the most obnoxious audience noise I have ever heard on any LP or CD.

Clap, clap, clap, Joao begins to sing, drives the crowd crazy...takes them nearly five to ten seconds to quiet down. I had to record my LP into the computer and remove most of the audience with Audacity before I could be truly happy with this recording.

With this said, the recording is well worth the money.


Unique style. Great Album


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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