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Joao Gilberto - Chega De Saudade - lp -

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One of the most unique and charismatic voices of his generation and one of the absolute greatest musical artists of brazilian music history, João Gilberto debuted with the delightfully subtle and charming short album Chega de Saudade, that offers way more power inside its compact structure than meets the eye. Followed by a loyal ensemble of musicians, Gilberto showed right from the beginning his impressive taste for song-selection when it came to structure his studio albums, handing his acoustic guitar and embracing his smooth, undeniably powerless, but highly melodic vocal-tone. Yes, he also wrote songs of his own, but it is definitely his performing qualities that made him such a praised and special figure within the country's stellar pantheon of all-time greats. It comes as anything but a surprise, then, that Gilberto gives some brilliant, tight versions of legendary Tom Jobim, Ary Barroso, Vinícius de Moraes and Dorival Caymmi's classic standards in this twelve-song tracklisting that completely turned the musical scene upside down at the time. A brazilian newcomer artist who played popular music with the gentle and melodic facets of jazz, blending both sides of the coin into one cohesive, incredibly inviting aesthetic? Yes, please. Jobim was already a very notorious and respected figure at the time (both in and outside of the country), but João Gilberto rapidly became the younger, less erudite version of himself, and he successfully offered the master's compositions to wider audience, cementing the whole bossanova incursions in a well-defined, consolidated new face of brazilian music. This still remains a one-of-a-kind release that took gigantic proportions ahead of its birth, and despite its easy-going, incredibly short format, Chega de Saudade sounds as essential now as it ever was.

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