Joćo Gilberto: Bim Bom

Track

Bim Bom

Artist

JoĆ£o Gilberto (guitar, vocals)

CD

Getz/Gilberto #2 (Verve V-8623)

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Musicians:

JoĆ£o Gilberto (guitar, vocals), Keter Betts (bass), Helcio Milito (drums).

Composed by Joćo Gilberto

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Recorded: Carnegie Hall, New York, October 9, 1964

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Rating: 94/100 (learn more)

While Jobim’s is the name most people associate with bossa nova, he himself attributed its creation to Joćo Gilberto. Gilberto’s approach represents a clear break from the comparatively unsophisticated samba tradition. His style, which remains unique and instantly identifiable, is composed of his soft, smooth voice, with its signature lack of vibrato; his graceful rhythm guitar; and his impeccable time, which enables him to tinker with phrasing without sacrificing any swing. Essentially a one-man band, Gilberto’s singular artistry makes the bass and drums nearly superfluous on his playful little tune.

Reviewer: Judith Schlesinger

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