Wave (Antônio Carlos Jobim song)

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"Wave"
Song by Antônio Carlos Jobim
from the album Wave
Language Portuguese
Released1967
Length2:58
Songwriter(s) Antônio Carlos Jobim
Producer(s) Creed Taylor

"Wave" (also known as "Vou Te Contar" in Portuguese) is a bossa nova song written by Antônio Carlos Jobim. Recorded as an instrumental on his 1967 album of the same name, its English lyrics were written by Jobim himself later that year.

Bossa nova is a style of Brazilian music, which was developed and popularized in the 1950s and 1960s and is today one of the best-known Brazilian music styles abroad. The phrase bossa nova means literally "new trend" or "new wave". A lyrical fusion of samba and jazz, bossa nova acquired a large following in the 1960s, initially among young musicians and college students.

Antônio Carlos Jobim Brazilian songwriter, composer, arranger, singer, and pianist/guitarist

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The English lyrics were used on the November 11, 1969 recording by Frank Sinatra, on his 1970 album Sinatra & Company . [1] The English lyrics were also used by Johnny Mathis in his 1970 Close to You album. The English lyrics were also used by Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 (sung by Lani Hall with Mendes) on their second album, Equinox , in 1967.

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The song was voted by the Brazilian edition of Rolling Stone to be the 73rd greatest Brazilian song. [2]

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References

  1. allmusic
  2. Cavalcanti, Paulo (2009). "As 100 Maiores Músicas Brasileiras - "Wave"". Rolling Stone Brasil (in Portuguese). Spring. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Gioia, Ted (2012). The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire. New York City: Oxford University Press. pp. 448–449. ISBN   978-0-19-993739-4.