10 June 1931, Juazeiro, Brazil. The Gilberto name is utterly synonymous with bossa nova: the light, melodic, samba-based musical hybrid that swept America and the rest of the world in the mid-60s. Guitarist/vocalist/composer João Gilberto grew up interested in Brazilian samba, absorbing the traditional rhythms and melodies, but became seduced by jazz - the other ingredient in the bossa recipe - listening to radio stations playing American music. During the early 50s he settled in Rio De Janeiro, where the colourful cultural mix was already inspiring the brilliant guitarist/composer Antonio Carlos Jobim, with whom he soon began to collaborate. Recording toward the end of the decade, Gilbertos tune Bim Bom met with considerable success, and the pair established the bossa nova sound locally; but it was not until American guitarist Charlie Byrd picked up on the craze and, with soft-toned saxophone genius Stan Getz, brought it to the USA, that...
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