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Gilberto Gil, pictured here on the cover of Luar (A Gente Precisa Ver o Luar), is one of the many artists we listen to this week to understand the concept of "saudade."
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January 8, 2015 The Portuguese term — which embodies a particular mix of melancholy, longing and loss — has no direct equivalent in English. But it does find full expression in bittersweet music.
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Reggaeton artist Tego Calderon is a favorite of hosts Jasmine Garsd and Ernesto Lechner.
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March 22, 2012 Music critic Ernesto Lechner and Alt.Latino host Jasmine Garsd spin some records they listen to when they aren't playing Latin Alternative. The mix includes classic salsa, reggaeton, prog rock, cumbia, samba and much more.
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Carmen Cuesta's new album is titled Mi Bossa Nova.
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June 25, 2011 Vocalist Carmen Cuesta and her husband, guitarist Chuck Loeb, first bonded through their love of bossa nova. This year, they celebrate with Mi Bossa Nova, a tribute album to the great Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Jobim. Here, Cuesta discusses the deep connection she feels to Jobim's music.
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Sergio and Odair Assad at the 2010 Savannah Music Festival.
August 5, 2010 Brazilian guitarists Sergio and Odair Assad have been playing together for 40 years, and they have the varied, imaginative repertoire to prove it. Hear them in concert at the Savannah Music Festival.
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The only known photo of Buckshot La Funke.
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January 11, 2010 When "Buckshot La Funke" appeared on a Louis Smith record, you may not have known it was actually Cannonball Adderley. Record contracts of yesteryear (and some today) buried exclusivity clauses in the fine print. But musicians have to eat, so they would record under other names, like the five included here.
October 9, 2008 An export of Brazil, Bossa Nova is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Musician David Was says it's still going strong and he reviews a new album by Bossa Nova great Toninho Horta, called To Jobim With Love.
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Joao Gilberto was one of the key bossa nova pioneers.
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June 2, 2008 The summer of 1958 was the season of bossa nova. Fifty years ago, a movement of melody, harmony, lyrics, and rhythm sent a fresh wave of sound throughout Brazil. In the years to follow, a small group of idealistic musicians would write some of the most enduring melodies in music history.
February 9, 2007 Valentine's Day wouldn't be complete without a soundtrack, but finding the right love songs can be a chore. In the hopes of turning up something for every romantic playlist, five experts in the world of public radio offer their opinions on all-time great Valentine's Day songs.
March 1, 2006 A digital marriage: Blondie and The Doors; Reimagining the music of Brian Eno; Mystic Chords of Memory meet Nobody; Ethereal electronica from Shrift; Bossa Nova legend Antonio Carlos Jobim; Cajun two-step from The Pine Leaf Boys; Country meets punk in Hank Williams III
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August 1, 2001 Bossa nova, the Brazilian dance, swept the United States in the 1960s. Stan Getz was at the forefront of the movement, along with Antonio Carlos Jobim and Joao Gilberto. The trio teamed up to produce this highly successful bossa nova album, which commentator A.B. Spellman calls a "cool ocean breeze."
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