Tuesday, October 20

Bossa Nova Baby


Bossa nova is at its core a rhythm based on samba. Samba combines the rhythmic patterns and feel originating in former African slave communities. Samba's emphasis on the second beat carries through to bossa nova (to the degree that it is often notated in 2/4 time). 

When played on the guitar, in a simple one-bar pattern the thumb plays the bass notes on 1 and 2, while the fingers pluck the chords in unison on the two eighth notes of beat one, followed by the second sixteenth note of beat two. Two-measure patterns usually contain a syncopation into the second measure. 

Overall, the rhythm has a swaying feel rather than the swinging feel of jazz. As bossa nova composer Carlos Lyra describes it in his song "Influência do Jazz", the samba rhythm moves "side to side" while jazz moves "front to back".

Blame It On The Bossa Nova - Edie Gorme
Recado Bossa Nova Laurindo - Almeida & The Bossa Nova All-Stars
Summer Samba - Martini Kings
Triste - Howard Roberts
Sweatin' at the Church of the Good Shepherd - Otto Show
Summer Samba - Ramsey Lewis Trio
So Nice (Summer Samba) - Billy May & His Orchestra
Samba Triste - Jackie and Roy
I've Just Seen A Face - Lisa Ono
Samba Patrol - Stereophonic Space Sound Unlimited
Agua De Beber - Frank Sinatra
Pillow mint - Scrabbel
Samba De Orfeu - Ray Anthony
Bossa na praia - Astrud Gilberto
Miserlou - Laurindo Almeida
Witchcraft - Arabella Hong
The Girl From Ipanema - Stan Getz / Astrud Gilberto
Soul Bossa Nova - Birds N Brass
Descafeinado - Ben Vaughn
Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars) - Stan Getz / Astrud Gilberto
Bossa Nova 3003 - Pizzicato Five
I Want To Hold Your Hand - McFarland & Jobim
Bossa No Praia (Beach Samba) - Walter Wanderley
Consolacao - Baden Powell
Bossa Nova Baby [Alt] - Elvis Presley

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Anonymous said...

It is with great displeasure and sadness that I note in the text of the blogger formerly known as Pixelmutt's post words that echo the racist rantings of the controversial Redd Foxx vis-a'-vis so-called African rythmes:


I am further aghast at the implications of such "hate-speach" as I am familiar with Mr. Pixelmutt's life long devotion to bringing Cheese Puffs to the undernourished people of Haiti, despite the orange stains left on skinny fingers marking them for agonizing death by fiery Uniroyal hula-hoop at the hands of certain factions of the military, police, and land fill communities.

At long last, sir, say it ain't so, Joe.

Tommy said...

'Dense & obtuse' only scratches the surface.

Yours Truly


Anonymous said...

Hey, listen, I'm sorry. What can I say? I was hopped up on the pot.

But commenting on a comment? Calling something 'dense & obtuse' when it was clearly grandiose and impenetrable?

Sure, the Cheez Puff thing was dumb, but you gotta admit the Redd Foxx reference was KILLA!

Or was that Flip Wilson?

... I'm like Dennis Miller here ...

It's not over, Pixel BUTT, not by a long shot.

Regards, A.