Bossa Nova is a musical style of Brazilian origin. It flourishes in the 1950s and becomes popular in the 1960s. Together with samba, bossa nova belongs to the best known musical trends from Brazil. Musically, bossa nova portrays a fusion between samba and jazz. It is more complex and less harmonious than samba, and it gains its rhythmic complexity from jazz. Cool jazz has had an influence on bossa nova. The evolution of the bossa nova is attributed largely to artists Johnny Alf, Antonio Carlos Jobim and João Gilberto.
The exact origin of the term“ bossa nova” has not been confirmed. It is assumed that the term “bossa” was used by youth and students in the 50s to describe something as “trendy” or “in style.” “Bossa nova” could therefore mean something such as “new trend.“ One of the first bossa nova songs was Bim Bom by João Gilberto. After he performed in a few guest appearances in the U.S.A., the bossa nova soon spread throughout North America through recordings and adaptations by Charlie Byrd and Stan Getz. Numerous bossa nova recordings by famous jazz musicians followed. One of the best known bossa nova recordings is Girl From Ipanema by Astrud Gilberto and João Gilberto. The title is by now a jazz standard.
The line-up: The classic guitar – fundamentally played with nylon strings – is never absent in the bigger jazz arrangements, and plays the underlying rhythm. The former is usually backed/complemented by percussion instruments. In addition, a drum set is usually played. Typical drum styles were coined by Helcio Milito and Milton Banana. The stylistic bridge between bossa nova and jazz is captured by the piano, which is generally used to carry the melody. Early on the bossa nova was profiled by a lush orchestral accompaniment, and is also considered a predecessor to lounge music. A few additional bits of information on bossa nova: Learn more...
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relaxing easy-listening song with a constant latin groove
Christmas in Latin America - Jingle Bells with Bossa flair
Simple, but elegant Bossa Nova
Like on a rainy day on your own - this track is mourning and feeling blue. Female vocals, acoustic guitar, Jazz Solo, Flute
A melody like a twisty back road takes this bossa nova home featuring electric piano, bass, drums, guitar and flute.
A wistful bossa nova of longing featuring piano, guitar, bass and drums.
A female and a male singer singing a nice hook line over some great bossa chords - acoustic guitar solo.
A very deliberate, purposeful and yet relaxed bossa nova with drums with piano, guitar, electric bass and drums.
A very intriguing and slightly odd bossa nova. Perfect music for driving in circles looking for that perfect parking spot at the mall. Features piano, vibes, acoustic guitar, electric bass and drums with brushes.
Fine Bossa, easy and fun, dubdidub ..., a little shorter than the Underscore version
The girl from Ipanema sends his regards - Old Scool Bossa Nova
A very relaxed and slightly ethereal bossa nova with piano, flute, guitar, bass, percussion, electric piano and percussion.
small dark Trip-Hop number, Lala-singing of a mysterious woman's voice, thrifty instrumentation enhances the mood
Brazilian hipwhiggler at its best, thats how guitars should sound
This track is based on a very happy and positive flute melody, together with lovely guitars and cool harmonics
A very soft and smooth latin jazz ballad. Elements of bossa nova, mediterranean, latin jazz, pop and even r&b combine to make this an appealing, tender and exotic track. Suitable for relaxing, holiday footage, vacation in a beautiful spot, perhaps tropical, chilling out by the sea, etc. The 'underscore version' cuts out the synth-lead melody, leaving only the mediterranean style jazzy groove.
Rhythmic Samba-background, perfect for talk-overs and re-recordings
Mid-tempo, feelgood latin track with nylon guitars over bass & percussion. Warm and positive. Great for holiday, vacation, travel, exotic places, fun and summer.
Wishful thinking as a wellness-soundscaping in a jazzy dress
Easy listening with relaxed acoustic guitar harmonies and imporvisation parts
Some Cool Jazz from the 70s, with a happy lead melody sung by a female singer, jazz guitar, acoustic bass.