Bossa Antigua · Paul Desmond

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Bossa nova is a style of samba developed in the late 1950s and early 1960s in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is mainly characterized by “different beat” that altered the harmonies with the introduction of unconventional chords and an innovative syncopation of traditional samba from a single rhythmic division. Wikipedia

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This may be one reason that bossa was so well-received by jazz musicians. Melodies in major-key tunes often emphasize the major seventh and major ninth scale degrees over tonic maj7 or maj9 chords. Melodic rhythms sometimes make use of the patterns of samba instruments.

Bossa Antigua · Paul Desmond

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Bossa Antigua

A genre of samba and jazz with a time signature of 2/4. In Bossa Nova, there is more emphasis placed on melody than rhythmic percussion.

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The chords are coloured with 9th, 11th and 13th tones which is common in Bossa Nova style. While you play the bass with your thumb switching between 5th and 6th string, the chord tones are played with your index, middle and ring finger on the 4th, 3rd and the 2nd string.

O Gato

Guitar: Jim Hall
Bass: Eugene Wright
Drums: Connie Kay
Producer: George Avakian

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