Various Artists

Welcome to Ipanema: The Bossa Nova Corner

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A fusion of Brazilian jazz and samba, the laid-back sounds of bossa nova (literally translated as "new trend") grew and flourished throughout the '50s and '60s. Offering a walking tour of the tropical sound, Welcome to Ipanema: The Bossa Nova Corner, gives listeners are a survey course in one of Brazil's greatest cultural exports. Featuring performances by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Sylvia Telles, and Pery Ribeiro (who performs "Garota de Ipanema," the song from which the compilation derives its name), the album has everything a budding bossa nova fan needs to get familiar with the genre's low-key, tropical rhythms and cool vibes.