R.I.P. João Gilberto

 

739227090Master Of Bossa Nova Dies At 88:

’João Gilberto is credited some with writing the first bossa nova, or new beat. This mid–20th century musical gift to the world drew on Brazil’s African-influenced samba tradition, but was performed without the usual battery of drums and rhythm instruments, and at much lower volumes. Gilberto’s intimate and nuanced style of guitar playing and singing, eventually central to the bossa nova sound, were reportedly developed in 1955 when he sequestered himself inside of a bathroom at his sister’s house so as not to disturb her family and to take advantage of the acoustics provided by the bathroom tiles.…’

Via WBGO

 

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