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Backgrounder: 'Bossa'

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Continuing with my Backgrounder series, today I decided to share with you the 1966 Brazilian album entitled Bossa, by the Conjunto Copacabana Bossa, or the Copacabana Bossa Set.

Produced and arranged by gutiarist Paulo Tito (above), the group included members of the Banzo Trio—Nelson Racy (p), Ditinho (b) and Howard França (d) as well as an unknown guitarist (Tito?), tenor saxophonist, flutist, trumpeter and vocalist. What I love about this album is its hotel feel. One senses that if we could go back in time to Rio in 1965 and walked into a hotel along the four-mile stretch of Copacabana Beach, this is exactly the kind of music we'd hear in the lounge.

The songs and their composers in parentheses are...
  • Arrastão (Edu Lobo/Vinicius de Moraes)
  • Chuva (Durval Ferreira/Pedro Camargo)
  • Balanço Zona Sul (Tito Madi)
  • Meditação (Tom Jobim/Newton Mendonça)
  • Garota Moderna (Jair Amorim/Evaldo Gouveia),
  • Primavera (Carlos Lyra/Vinicius de Moraes)
  • Samba de Verão (Marcos Valle/Paulo Sérgio Valle)
  • Canto do Quilombo (Luiz Carlos Sá)
  • Preciso Aprender A Ser Só (Marcos Valle/Paulo Sérgio Valle)
  • Gente (Marcos Valle/Paulo Sérgio Valle)
  • Reza (Edu Lobo/Ruy Guerra)
  • Giramundo (Luiz Carlos Sá)
Here's Bossa without ads so you can listen while reading, working or just sipping a cool drink without the distraction...

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This story appears courtesy of JazzWax by Marc Myers.
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