It's Friday. I hope you packed your bags. To fully feel the beauty of the bossa nova, you must see the following three films—Rio de Janeiro, Bossa Nova do Brasil and Saravah. Each is sensual and enlightening for different reasons and each stars great Brazilian musicians of the day:
Here's an edited Rio de Janeiro (1962). The ultimate beach movie celebrates the global popularity of the bossa nova in the early 1960s, before the 1964 coup. It includes a sandy scene with Luis Bonfá, João Gilberto and Antonio Carlos Jobim...
Here's Bossa Nova do Brasil (1967), featuring a bossa nova concert on tour in Europe in 1966. It stars singer Sylvia Telles just months before her fatal car accident in December at age 32 in Rio de Janeiro...
And here's Saravah (1969) a film by French director Pierre Barouh that showcases the music of Baden Powell, Paulinho da Viola, Maria Bethania, João da Bahiana and Pixinguinha...
I love jazz because of its ability to evoke such tremendous emotion... primarily joy!
I was first exposed to jazz by my grandparents.
The first jazz record I bought was Jim Beard's Song of the Sun or maybe Steely Dan's Aja.
My advice to new listeners: remain varied in your listening habits, and of course keep listening, keep listening, keep listening!
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