Album: Various artists, Bossa and the Rise of Brazilian Music (Soul Jazz)

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An exemplary account of how Brazilian music found its keenest popular focus in the 1960s, as a chic, modernistic jazz-inflected pop form of remarkable stylistic integrity.

We get 34 tracks and informative text (an accompanying book is available), and sufficient syncopation to put a kink in anyone's stick – Gilberto Gil, Jorge Ben, Antonio Carlos Jobim of course, but lots of people you haven't heard of too. The ideal corrective to the notion that bossa begins and ends in the girl from Ipanema's stroll to the cornershop.