- Bossa Nova Ballad (written by Bruno Martino)
I have always been enamored by the beauty of this tune. Although it was an Italian pop song, Joao Gilberto "put it on the map" with his poignant bossa nova version. My arrangement features low register trombone and a mellow emulation of jazz guitar, Fender Rhodes electric piano and electric bass to keep it soft and sensuous.
Although this was minor hit in Italy when released, it eventually became a worldwide jazz standard largely through its bossa nova re-interpretation by João Gilberto. Chet Baker—in his always understated lyricism—recorded a wonderful version of this as well.
- Bossa Nova Ballad written by Edu Lobo, Torquato Neto and Lani Hall (English Lyrics)
OMG... What can anyone say about this gorgeous tune other than its a privilege to play it on the trombone. The lyric for the vocal version both in Portuguese AND English are so perfect you want to just melt. Be sure to check out Bonnie Bowden singing with Sergio Mendes (and keep a handkerchief nearby...)
- Bossa Nova
(composed by Antonio Adolfo and Tiberio Gasper.)
This is such a lovely song! The original Bossa Nova was called "Sa Marina" and composed by Antonio Adolfo and Tiberio Gasper. Marilyn and Alan Bergman wrote the English lyrics which was a huge hit for Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 back in 1969. Wilson Simonal had a hit with this tune a few years earlier in Brazil.
My arrangement features the acoustic piano and the trombone on the melody. [ Maybe its sacrilege (!!) but I did NOT include the distinctive 2 bar piano riff- Hah! ]
Although my arrangement is an instrumental, you may want to check out the wonderful lyrics before listening to the vocal versions below. Lyrics » (opens in a new tab/window)