Category Archives: Bossa Nova

Joao Gilberto – Amoroso (1977/2011) [HDTracks 24-192]

Joao Gilberto – Amoroso (1977/2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 44:22 minutes | 1,7 GB | Genre: Jazz, Bossa Nova
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Source: HDTracks | @ Rhino/Warner Bros.
Recorded: Rosebud Studios, New York, November 17th, 18th & 19th, 1976; Capitol Records, Hollywood, January 3rd, 4th & 7th, 1977

The originator of Brazilian Bossa Nova delivered Amoroso to the public in 1977. It displayed the ethereal, fine-tuned quality of his vocals and wonderfully complex and daring string arrangements. This spacious, mellow album is now available in 192kHz high definition audio!

Besides João Gilberto’s definitive renditions of Brazilian classics, he also put his mark on and made world classics such as “‘S Wonderful,” “Estate” and “Bésame Mucho” his own. With outstanding arrangements and musical direction by Claus Ogerman, Amoroso is a reference recording for years to come. The album was produced by Tommy Lipuma and Helen Keane, and it featured João on vocals and acoustic guitar.
Amoroso seems to divide some of João’s fans. For some, the string arrangements detract from João performances, whereas for others, Claus’ orchestral creations only enhance João’s peak performances. I have personally been in the latter category and very proud of that. How can I listen to “Wave” without strings attached? The lyrics take on a new meaning with the flute introduction and the soaring violins in the middle of the nearly five-minute arrangement. It is as if João and Claus knew that we would want to listen to this track over and over. “‘S Wonderful” was later on recorded by Diana Krall in a very similar Claus Ogerman arrangement. Why change a perfect thing?! Of course, João’s phrasing and pronunciation of this Gershwin classic is endearing to say the least. The same goes with “Estate” and “Bésame Mucho.” Word classics sung by a world legendary singer!
João is playful in “Tin Tin por Tin Tin,” passionate in “Bésame Mucho,” heartbroken in “Caminhos Cruzados,” towering in “Wave” and always perfect in every song he sings. The album closes with Jobim/Buarque’s “Zíngaro,” known to many as “Retrato em Branco e Preto.”
Joao Gilberto is perhaps forever destined to be lesser known to casual jazz fans than his occasional collaborator Stan Getz (whose GETZ/GILBERTO albums introduced the United States to bossa nova) and his ex-wife Astrud Gilberto (whose shy, delicate voice made her one of the most distinctive and beloved jazz vocalists of the ’60s). However, true fans of Brazilian music recognize that Gilberto is second only to Antonio Carlos Jobim as a writer and interpreter of traditional Brazilian music and Brazilian-influenced jazz.

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Bebel Gilberto – Tudo (2014) [Qobuz 24-96]

Bebel Gilberto – Tudo (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 44:54 minutes | 890 MB | Genre: Bossa Nova
Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Booklet,Cover | @ Portrait – Sony Masterworks

La fille de Joao Gilberto sort de ses cinq ans de silence discographique avec ce superbe Tudo, beau kaléidoscope de sa vision très personnelle de la musique brésilienne. Bebel Gilberto retrouve ici Mario Caldato Jr. qui avait produit son impeccable premier album, Tanto Tempo, en 2000. Alternant le portugais, l’anglais et même le français, la chanteuse fusionne ici, avec délicatesse et raffinement, tous les répertoires qui la touchent et l’ont formés, qu’il s’agisse de compositions signées de son illustre père mais aussi d’Antonio Carlos Jobim ou même de Neil Young. Elle convie également Seu Jorge à un superbe un duo. A l’arrivée, Tudo s’avère être sans doute son opus le plus attachant.

Tudo is Brazilian singer and songwriter Bebel Gilberto’s first album in five years. It marks a reunion with producer Mario Caldato, Jr., who helmed her breakthrough offering, 2000’s Tanto Tempo. Recorded in six different studios in America and Brazil, Gilberto’s MPB weds modern bossa, samba, contemporary jazz, and adult pop. Tudo’s sound is elegant, more restrained yet more colorful than anything she’s attempted before. She wrote or co-wrote seven of these tunes and sings in Portuguese, English, and French. The dreamy, sun-drenched opener, “Somewhere Else,” with bossa guitars, jazzy piano, brushed drums, and gentle percussion, is brilliantly but subtly illustrated by a slightly dramatic string arrangement from Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (who does the same on two other selections), making the tune a kind of manifesto. That determination is furthered in “Nada Nāo,” as Gilberto is supported by acoustic guitar, bass, and a bevy of percussion instruments. “Novas Ideias” is a sprightly, sly, jazzy samba in duet with her co-writer, Seu Jorge, complete with his killer scat singing. One of the two big surprises here is her sensual reading of Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon.” Gorgeous in its romanticism, a gentle bossa backbeat is played by an array of percussion, given added dimension by upright and arco basses, lap steel, tres, piano, and acoustic guitars that all float in the humid space behind her voice. The other is a worthy cover of Luiz Bonfá’s classic “Saudade Vem Correndo,” with Didi Gutman’s Walter Wanderley-esque organ, two flutes, guitar, and bass. The tempo is elastic, balancing jazz and samba. “Tout Est Bleu,” composed by Andrew Anisere, Allioum Ba, and the late Pascale Hospital, is almost a contemporary jazz update of Pierre Barouh’s Saravah Records’ sound. “Lonely in My Heart,” the other side of the emotions expressed on the set’s first two tracks, is given a spacy, slightly psychedelic pop treatment, with sitar next to guitars, loops, and percussion. This is almost countered by Gilberto’s reading of Tom Jobim’s “Vivo Sonhando,” a bossa nova closely associated with her father, João, revealing her command of the genre’s musical language. Closer “Inspiraçāo,” with its dubby synths and loops, is the only real concession to modern club, but a fine one. Given Gilberto’s effortless presentation, Tudo seems somewhat sleepy on first listen. However, given the variety of its songs, her emotional commitment, and the simple yet sophisticated arrangements, the album gradually unfolds into something nearly magical once the listener moves further in. ~ Thom Jurek

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Luiz Bonfa with Lalo Schifrin & Oscar Castro Neves – Composer of Black Orpheus Plays and Sings Bossa Nova (1963/2014) [Qobuz 24-192]

Luiz Bonfa with Lalo Schifrin & Oscar Castro Neves – Composer of Black Orpheus Plays and Sings Bossa Nova (1963/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192kHz  | Time – 00:35:15 minutes | 1,46 GB | Genre: Jazz, Bossa Nova
Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | © The Verve Music Group
Recorded: New York City, December 30/31, 1962

Brazilian guitarist and composer Luiz Bonfa became world famous for his contributions to the soundtrack of the 1959 film Black Orpheus. He was one of the originators of the bossa nova sound and one of the greatest masters of Brazilian music popular of the 20th century. Even Elvis Presley recorded one of his songs! Luiz Bonfa Plays And Sings Bossa Nova, a classic of the genre from 1962, is notable for its romantic orchestrations by Lalo Schifrin, but there are also stripped down, acoustic numbers that showcase Bonfa’s musical virtuosity and subtlety. Also features fellow bossa nova pioneer Oscar Castro-Neves on guitar and keyboards and vocalist Maria Helena Toledo on several songs.


Alongside Joao Gilberto and Antonio Carlos Jobim, Luiz Bonfa (the co-composer of BLACK ORPHEUS) is one of the original trailblazers of the bossa nova sound. Released in 1962 on Verve, PLAYS AND SINGS BOSSA NOVA can safely be certified a classic of the genre. Elegant, lyrical, rhythmic, and a showcase for Bonfa’s deft guitar technique and sweet, unassuming singing, PLAYS AND SINGS is an album that will sound good to almost anyone, at any time. –Anthony Tognazzini

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Astrud Gilberto – Look To The Rainbow 1965 (2014) [24bit FLAC]

Astrud Gilberto – Look To The Rainbow 1965 (2014) [24bit FLAC]
Year Of Release: 2015
Genre: Bossa Nova
Format: Flac, Tracks
Bitrate: lossless , 24/192
Total Size: 1.35 GB

1. Berimbau
2. Once Upon A Summertime
3. A Felicidade
4. I Will Wait For You
5. Frevo
6. Maria Quiet
7. Look To The Rainbow
8. Bim Bom
9. Lugar Bonita (Pretty Place)
10. El Preciso Aprender A Ser So
11. She’s A Carioca
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Baden Powell Collection (1961-2008)

Baden Powell Collection (1961-2008)

Year of release: 1961-2008 | Quality: FLAC, APE, WavPack / MP3 | Bitrate: lossless (tracks, image +cue +log +Scans) / 160-320 kbps | Total size: ~8,4 / 5 GB
Genre : Jazz, Bossa Nova, Brazilian Jazz, Samba, Acoustic Guitar | Label: Philips, Elenco, Barclay, Iris…

Album List
Baden Powell – O Universo Musical de Baden Powell (2CD) – 2002, FLAC (image+.cue)
Baden Powell – De Rio A Paris {1994} – 2003, FLAC (tracks+.cue)
Laurindo Almeida & Baden Powell – Brasil Guitar Magic! – 1999, FLAC (tracks+.cue)
Baden Powell – Minha Historia – 1994, FLAC (image+.cue)
Baden Powell & Vinicius de Moraes – Os Afro-Sambas (1966) – ?, FLAC (image+.cue)
Baden Powell – A Musica Brasileira Deste Seculo Por Seus Autores e Interpretes – 2000, FLAC (tracks+.cue)
Baden Powell – Os Afro-Sambas – 1990, FLAC (image+.cue)
Baden Powell – Tristeza ? Poema ? Canto ? Images on Guitar – The Legendary MPS Albums [2CD] – 2008, FLAC (tracks+.cue)
Baden Powell – Le Monde Musical de Baden Powell (1964) – 2005, FLAC (tracks+.cue)
Baden Powell – Canta Vinicius De Moraes e Paolo Cesar Pinheiro (1977) – 2005, FLAC (tracks+.cue)
Baden Powell – Seresta Brasileira – 1988, APE (image+.cue)
Baden Powell & Paulo Cesar Pinheiro – Os Cantores Da Lapinha – 1970, FLAC (image+.cue)
Baden Powell – Baden Powell – 1971, FLAC (image+.cue)
Baden Powell – Live at the Rio Jazz Club – 1990, FLAC (image+.cue)
Baden Powell – Canto on Guitar – 1970, FLAC (image+.cue)
Baden Powell – Samba Triste – 1989, FLAC (image+.cue)
Baden Powell & Trio – The Frankfurt Opera Concert – 1975, FLAC (image+.cue)
Baden Powell – Lembrancas – 2000, FLAC (tracks+.cue)
Baden Powell – Solitude On Guitar – 1973, FLAC (tracks+.cue)
Baden Powell – Three Originals (2CD) – 1993, FLAC (tracks+.cue)
Stephane Grappelli & Baden Powell – La Grande Reunion – 1988, FLAC (tracks+.cue)
Baden Powell – Tristeza On Guitar – 1966 (MPS/BASF – BMPS 19 29623 (Reissue 1972)) (Vinyl Digitizing), FLAC (tracks)
Baden Powell + Janine – Images On Guitar – 1972 (MPS/BASF ? 21 29057-3 (Original pressing)) (Vinyl Digitizing), FLAC (tracks)

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