Friday, July 23, 2021


This montage from our Podcast Vault revisits a post from August 9, 2019. It can be found in our archives at


This week’s retro podcast is fairly recent (dating almost two years) and provides a musical travelog stop in Brazil.

The music of Brazil encompasses various regional musical styles influenced by African, American, European and Amerindian forms. Brazilian music developed some unique and original styles such as forró, repente, coco de roda, axé, sertanejo, samba, bossa nova and Brazilian versions of foreign musical styles, such as rock, soul, hip-hop, disco music, country music, ambient, industrial and psychedelic music, rap, classical music, fado, and gospel.

Samba has become the best form of Brazilian music worldwide, especially because of the country's carnival, although bossa nova, which had Antônio Carlos Jobim as one of its most acclaimed composers and performers, have received much attention abroad since the 1950s, when the song "Desafinado", interpreted by João Gilberto, was first released.

Instrumental music is also largely practiced in Brazil, with styles ranging from classical to popular and jazz influenced forms. Notable classical composers include Heitor Villa-Lobos, Carlos Gomes and Cláudio Santoro.

As is usually the case in our travelog series, we have works today from Brazilian composers (the aforementioned Jobim and Villa-Lobos) as well as Brazil-inspired compositions by Respighi, Milhaud and Constant Lambert.

As filler, I found the complete 1964 Jazz collaboration between Stan Getz and João Gilberto. Getz/Gilberto is considered the record that popularized bossa nova worldwide and was one of the best-selling jazz albums of all time, selling more than 2 million copies in 1964. It was included in Rolling Stone's and Vibe's lists of best albums of all time.

I think you will (still) love this music too

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