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We have mentioned before the importance of guitarist and composer Luiz Bonfá (1922 – 2001) in the evolution of the Bossa Nova genre.
In 1996 he was in the studio with carioca Ithamara Koorax recording a selection of his works.

It’s an honor and a privilege to work with such a great artist as Ithamara, one of the best singers in the world-Luiz Bonfá.
Some impressive talents on show here:

Torcuato Mariano -acoustic guitar, keyboards (also arranger)
Deodato – piano,keyboards (also arranger)
Larry Coryell -electric guitar
Sidinho Moreira- percussion
Jamil Joanes -electric bass
Marcos Suzano -percussion
Ithamara Koorax -vocals
Shigeharu Sasago -acoustic guitar
Luiz Bonfá -acoustic guitar (also arranger)
Nelson Ângelo -acoustic guitar
Carlos Bala -drums
Arnaldo DeSouteiro -percussion
Ron Carter- acoustic bass
Sadao Watanabe -alto sax
Ivan Conti -drums
Paulo Malaguti -keyboards
Arnaldo DeSouteiro -arranger/producer

Ithamara Koorax- Brazilian Butterfly
Here’s something a bit more up to date. Ithamara Koorax was born in Rio in 1965. She has been releasing records since 1990 and enjoys much prestige in the jazz world.
She has recorded two albums of the work of Luis Bonfa, which unfortunately I only have in very lossy mp3 format.
This is better- 320 kbps.
This record was released in 2006.
Among the noteworthy songwriters featured on this album are Dorival Caymmi, Milton Nascimento, Pixinguinha and Herbie Hancock.