Joao Gilberto

A Salute to João Gilberto

By 10 July, 2019

As you may well have already read, Brazilian icon João Gilberto died on 6th July, aged 88, in Rio de Janeiro. The word ‘legend’ often gets thrown around far too much, but in Gilberto’s case this was undeniable.... Read Article

Bryan McCann – Getz/Gilberto

By 01 May, 2019

As noted right at the beginning of this book, “Getz/Gilberto is the album people think of when they think of bossa nova”. It’s the album that established the style worldwide more than any other, introducing global ears to... Read Article

Kassin’s João Donato Top 10

By 05 July, 2016

With legendary Brazilian musician João Donato soon to be making a rare appearance in London we wanted to find somebody who could shine a little light on the great man’s music. Kassin was the obvious choice. Not only... Read Article

REVIEW Beginner’s Guide To Bossa Nova

By 19 November, 2012

Every musical genre has its standard flagbearers: for jazz it’s Miles, Coltrane, Dizzy, Duke. Rock’s got Dylan, Hendrix, Lennon, just to name a few heavy weights. I’m always wary of musical genre or stylistic compilations – how can... Read Article

REVIEW Lucas Santtana – Sem Nostalgia

By 31 August, 2011

Sem Nostalgia was released in Brazil in 2009 yet still sounds unbelievably fresh. If there was ever an argument for artistic constraints making the end-product greater then this is it. On Sem Nostalgia, Lucas Santtana (from Bahia, Brazil)... Read Article