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Not for the purists, perhaps, but here’s one for your new year’s parties…

This LP is from 1999- so by Kartoshka standards it is virtually brand new!
Bossacucanova are:
Márcio Menescal – bass
Marcelinho da Lua/DJ Dalua- turntables
Alexandre Moreira- keyboards

The trio were studio technicians working with bossa artists such as Carlos Lyra, Wanda Sá and Roberto Menescal (Márcio Menescal’s father).

We loved those songs, but we were also listening to funk, hip hop and acid jazz , says Márcio.

Features: Carlos Lyra, Wanda Sá, Roberto Menescal, Astrud Gilberto, Silvio Cezar, Claudia Telles, Os Cariocas, Cris Delanno


Antonio Carlos Brasileiro de Almeida Jobim (aka Tom Jobim or Antonio Carlos Jobim -1927-1994) was a giant of Brazilian music who has been hailed as one of the most influential composers of the 20th century. He was central to bringing Brazilian music to a global audience and many of his compositions have become jazz standards. His works are almost ubiquitous- it seems that his name appears somewhere in the credits of just about any bossa nova or easy listening LP that you pick up! Of course, I’m exaggerating here, but the worldwide popularity of what is now instantly recognizable as Brazilian music owes a great deal to the canon of this remarkable gentleman.
By the way- if you’re off to Rio for the World Cup (2014) or the Olympic Games (2016) you will notice that The Rio de Janeiro international airport is named in his honour.

This LP, which features contributions from Stan Getz, Elis Regina, The Stan Getz Joao Gilberto Quintet, Astrud Gilberto and the Nelson Riddle orchestra, as well as performances by Jobim himself, is the closest you can get to a satisfactory anthology of his work on one record. Link:

The Astrud Gilberto Album (1964).
To many people Bossa Nova is encapsulated by one song- Tom Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes’s Garota de Ipanema– and of the hundreds of recorded versions of that song it is probably Astrud Gilberto’s that is the most familiar. The breezy seductiveness of the tune and it’s languid imagery complimented perfectly by her voice.
Anyhow- in the year that Astrud made a hit with that song she also recorded this, her first solo LP:

Features also the talents of Antonio Carlos Jobim (vocals, guitar); Bud Shank (flute,alto saxophone, flugelhorn); Joao Donato (piano).
Astrud has lived in the USA since the mid sixties and she is now dedicated to painting and promoting animal welfare.

Astrud Gilberto website: