Bossa nova

Musical genre: Bossa nova

Bossa nova is a movement in Brazilian popular music from the late 1950s that caused many changes in Samba. The originators include Antônio Carlos Jobim and João Gilberto. Their Chega da saudade was the first important recording of this new style.


Bossa nova features distinct rhythmic patterns, which are usually played by acoustic guitar. Singing, unlike in other popular music, is subdued. This music style also displays increased harmonic and melodic complexity. Other musical influences, besides samba, also include cool and bebop jazz.

Now let’s hear two albums:
Antônio Carlos Jobim and João Gilberto’s Chega da saudage:


Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto’s The Girl from Ipanema:

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