Carmen Miranda was a fad here. The bossa nova was a revolution. Here's what the originators made of it: A collection of early Brazilian recordings that is not just a great listen, but a salutary reminder about a music that has attracted a lot of nonsense talk. Bossa nova -- the authentic, real, genuine stuff -- was from the start strongly jazz-oriented and heavily pop in musical aesthetic. Here to prove it are some names known to U.S. brazil fans -- Caetano Velosa, Elis Regina, Joao Gilberto, Toquinho -- along with all sorts of other legends semi- and total.
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AllMusic Review by John Storm Roberts