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You don't need to be a bossa nova expert to love Jorge Ben's seductive, suave, and oft-covered "Mas, Que Nada!," the opening track of his 1963 debut. The album also features early signature tunes like the giddy "Tim Dom Dom," with its vocal imitations of a guitar, and the gentle samba "Chove Chuva." The breezy, modernist big-band arrangements here offset the intimate tone of his singing and strumming. Jorge Ben got funkier and more eclectic in years to come, but he never sounded sweeter than this.

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Really cool 60's samba

Though a little more produced and less funky (in the 60's meaning of the word) than some of his other records, this is a great sounding record with bouncy yet intricate rhythms, and the arrangements are tasteful and use a really nice range of colors. But the magic of the record is Jorge Ben's voice, which never sounded better: throaty, funny, sexy, friendly all at once, and very musical. Great for Sergio Mendes lovers and Tropicalia lovers alike.

Jorge Ben Samba Esquema Novo

Invite all of your friends, play this album and you are guaranteed one of the best night's of your life. Atmospheric, fun, Jorge's voice is alive like a garden full of butterflies and bees, richly retro sexy... Songs are short, so the moment passes quickly...hold on, the ride is truly incredible.

Great Album

Jorge Ben is one of the best latin singers in the world. This album is amazing.I loved it!!!!!!!


Born: March 22, 1942 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Genre: Brazilian

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

While many of the performers during the heyday of Tropicalia and the rise of MPB (música popular brasileira) opted for a more radical stance in their challenge to Brazil's political and cultural authorities, artists like Jorge Ben took a more understated approach. Rather than use overly theatrical performance to shock the audience or write songs loaded with political content, Ben became known as one of the country's great musical alchemists, a furiously eclectic songwriter who combined elements of...
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