The Girls from Ipanema [Polygram]

The Best of Bossa Nova: The Girls from Ipanema culls work from both Brazilian artists and (mostly American) artists who dabbled in cool jazz and bossa nova. Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto are those most frequently found on the album, including in their famous collaboration of "The Girl from Ipanema," the song that brought Gilberto to fame, but their other contributions capture the smooth loungey feel that bossa means to convey. Other tracks on the two-disc, 15-song compilation include Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Favela," Luiz Bonfá's "Domingo a Noite," Baden Powell's "Canto de Ossanha" and João Gilberto's "Samba da Minha Terra," which makes it, although not complete, a pretty good sampling of what the genre has to offer. ~ Marisa Brown

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