Fly Me To The Moon And The Bossa Nova Pops

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So you thought ‘New Beat’ was a term invented by Belgians in the late ’80s? Check this extract from the sleeve notes:

“The Bossa Nova began in 1958, in the cafes of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Gradually, word of this “New Beat” filtered across to this continent, first by musicians, and then into a broader stream of fans. As of this writing, the stream referred to might more accurately be called a torrent. Bossa Nova is the child of the samba, with jazz overtones and a subtler rhythm than the samba. It’s hypnotic percussion, slightly off-beat, may puzzle at first, until the listener discovers that this is an integral part of the New Beat, along with it’s freedom of form.”

The label on this album by Joe Harnell states ‘first published in 1962′, only four years on from the birth of the bossa, so one might infer that this is one of the earlier examples of the styles’ appropriation by the White Man, recorded for Kapp Records in New York. There is a discernably higher energy level compared to the more languid form of easy listening that bossa would become as the decade wore on, though there is a tendency to swamp the arrangements with big string sections. I prefer the more stripped-back examples – just piano and rhythm section – with their smokey, intimate atmospheres. Blimey, it’s almost like proper jazz!

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Published in: on January 20, 2010 at 9:59 am  Comments (1)  
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  1. This I would like to hear someday …


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