Let’s venture into a different world today…the beauty of Bossa Nova. If you’ve heard the track “Garota de Ipanema” (The Girl from Ipanema) then you should be familiar with the snazzy-jazzy Brazillian vibes that encompass Bossa Nova. But, perhaps you don’t know who the brilliant composer behind it was.
Allow me to introduce you to Tom Jobim, the mastermind behind “The Girl From Ipanema” and one of my favorite Bossa Nova tracks, “Waters of March.” He was one of the pioneering artists in the 50s Brazilian jazz era and the evolution of Bossa Nova, and his tracks are timeless staples of jazz history that should be played more often and celebrated.
Every now and then you’ll hear some Bossa Nova on the local jazz stations, but if you truly want to explore the works of Jobim and other Bossa Nova artists, set your Pandora or Spotify station to a radio based off “The Girl From Ipanema.” From the moment you first push play you’ll run across stunning tracks that take you to Brazil, and hopefully you’ll have the chance to fall in love with the snazzy sounds, the beautiful Latin vocals, and the sexy horns and percussion that will make any woman sway her hips.
Do yourself a musical favor, and listen to one of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard, “Waters of March.” The arrangement is impeccable and the English version is worth listening to, but the Portuguese version by Elinas Regina is an out of this world experience!
- Music of a Culture: Bossa Nova, Sergio Mendes and Brasil 66-Mas Que Nada (kgomes90.wordpress.com)