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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."

Customer Reviews

Trend setters!

Take the vocalese' sounds of the HiLo's and the music of Brazil and you have the very group who introduced the iconic "Girl from Ipanema" by Jobim & de Moraes. They were the group that best represented samba and jazz-stylings.
"Tim Tim Por Tim Tim" was more recently brought to light by Joao Gilberto, but this version is so much more authentic to its roots. Then there is the "A Garota de Ipanema" about a real girl and a real incident in Jobim's life. BTW, Tom Jobim really did suffer infatuation with the subject of his song, only to realize he was married and she was like 16 years old...she refused his overtures, but learned from de Moraes about her inspiration.
Groups like Tamba Trio (later 4) and Bossa Rio owe their stylings to the Os Cariocas and you owe it to yourself to own as much as you can get.


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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  • $9.99
  • Genres: World, Music, Latino
  • Released: Jul 17, 2006

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