RIP João Gilberto

July 8, 2019

By now most people have heard this weekend's sad news about the loss of a quiet yet massively influential revolutionary of 20th century music, João Gilberto, who passed away at 88. In reverence and respect, here are five key moments that help put his legend in context.

 

 

 

João Gilberto "Chega De Saudade"

The song and record that started it all in 1959. Brazil, and the world, were never the same after this

 

 

 

Stan Getz & João Gilberto "Doralice"

Track 2 on the album that blew Bossa Nova wide open worldwide.

 

 

 

João Gilberto "Eu vim da Bahia"

A masterclass in subtlety, sexiness and rhythmic authority, from the masterful self-titled 1973 album often considered his best.

 

 

 

João Gilberto "Tin Tin Por Tin Tin"

An irresistible swinger that really shows him at his best, from another legendary album from 1977 which has long served as a how-to for singers, musicians and lovers.

 

 

 

João Gilberto "No Tabuleiro Da Baiana"

João Gilberto teams up on this Carmen Miranda classic with three younger kids from his home state who also happen to be massive legends themselves: Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil and Maria Bethânia.

 

 

RIP João Gilberto, a man who altered the course of musical history and whose influence infiltrates all genres and cultures. And he did it very quietly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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