Monthly Compilation Pick: Beginner’s Guide to Bossa Nova a true triple delight

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Kicking off the new year with my general them of going “Back to Basics”, there aren’t too many albums that can cover the true breadth of bossa nova and its’ origins, legendary hit songs, and of course, the many dozens of artists who took that style and made it their own.

47 songs on three disks feature plenty of great music.

There are also great liner notes inbetween the first and second disk holders. John Armstrong gives some excellent details from this 2012 release out of London’s Nascente Music label, under the direction of the Demon Music Group.

Disk One leads off with Elizeth Cardoso’s slow version of Joao Gilberto’s first big hit, “Chega De Saudade.”  There is also a back-to-back playlist featuring Sylvia Telles and a couple of songs from the late crooner Dick Farney on Track 8 (teaming up with Claudette Soares on “Voce” and going solo on Track 14 with “Intuil Paisagem”.

Disk Two has luminaries ranging from Carlos Lyra and Neco to Bossa Tres and Marcos Valle.

The final disk has Deodato, Leny Andrade, and Wilson Simonal rounding out this triple box set.
When I get a bit of extra time hopefully before Super Bowl XLIX kicks off on February 1 in Glendale, Arizona, I will hope to have an interview with a MPB artist that kept things simple in her younger years–growing up in a land of nothing but mostly farms in Minas Gerais, Brazil and recently released a really blissful album with band leader Sammy Figueora under the name Talisman.

Please stay warm, everybody.  This wind is simply too much to bear.

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