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Luiz Bonfa Plays and Sings Bossa Nova


AllMusic Review by Anthony Tognazzini

Alongside Joao Gilberto and Antonio Carlos Jobim, Luiz Bonfa (the co-composer of BLACK ORPHEUS) is one of the original trailblazers of the bossa nova sound. Released in 1962 on Verve, PLAYS AND SINGS BOSSA NOVA can safely be certified a classic of the genre. Elegant, lyrical, rhythmic, and a showcase for Bonfa’s deft guitar technique and sweet, unassuming singing, PLAYS AND SINGS is an album that will sound good to almost anyone, at any time.

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With bossa simply everything goes and everything goes simply! A solitary voice, a simple wooden block or a solo guitar are all that are needed to conjure up the elementary forces of Brazilian music. But the great names didn’t necessarily love a one-man show with a nameless band in the background but often wrote recording history by getting their individual teams together and combining their creative powers.
In Lalo Schifrin and Oscar Castro Neves, the guitar virtuoso and singer Luiz Bonfa had two top musicians at his side who all left their handwriting on this album. Schifrin worked on the large string arrangements while Bonfa put his pen to the songs for smaller ensembles. Well over the half of the numbers recorded here are by Bonfa, who even shared his work with himself in that he lent his voice to side one of the record and his instrumental skills to side two. And though he proves that he can go it alone, as in the popular One Note Samba, the less well-known but hear-worthy Samba De Duas Notas tells us that with more of a crowd things get even better.


Personnel Luiz Bonfa (g, voc); Lalo Schifrin (aa); Oscar Castro Neves (p); a.o.
Tracks Samba De Duas Notas (Samba Two Notes); Vem So; Sambalamento; Tristeza (Brazilian Blues); Manha De Carnaval (Morning Of The Carnival); Silencio Do Amor (The Silence Of Love); Domingo A Noite (Sunday Night); Ilha De Coral (Coral Island); Adeus; Quebra Mar (The Sea Wall); Amor Que Acabou (The End Of Love); Chora Tua Tristeza (Cry Your Blues Away); Bossa Nova Cha Cha


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Weight 0.480 kg
Dimensions 32.0 × 32.0 × 2.0 cm