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Latin Roots #12: Ernesto Lechner on Bossa Nova - June 14, 2012

This installment of the Latin Roots Series explores Bossa Nova music, guided by Latin music expert, Ernesto Lechner. Lechner grew up in Buenos Aires where his parents' record collection consisted of classical records and a solitary Bossa Nova LP. He later immigrated to Los Angeles where he was immersed in Latin music and subsequently became a music journalist and published several books on Latin music.

He joined our host, David Dye, for this session to explore Bossa Nova, including the origins, influences and musical components of the popular Brazilian style of music. Bossa Nova, originated in Brazil in the late '50s when a new generation of musicians, fascinated with American jazz, combined jazz with samba. It gained popularity in the 1960s. Lechner shares two Bossa Nova tracks to give a sense of the genre. The first, "Samba De Uma Nota So" by Silvia Telles; the latter is "So Nice (Summer Samba)" by Bebel Gilberto from the album "Tanto Tempo," known as contemporaty bossa nova, or Electronica.

Ernesto Lechner is the co-host of the radio show "Latin Altnerative" and a contributing writer for Rolling Stone, LA Times, and Chicago Tribue. He's also the author of "Rock en Espanol: The Latin Altnerative Rock Explosion."

  • Listen to the Show:
    Listen to the session at WorldCafe.NPR.org
  • Show Tracks:
    • Silvia Telles
    • Amor em Hi-Fi
    • Bebel Gilberto
    • Tanto Tempo
  • Listen to the Playlist:
    Bossa Nova Spotify Playlist:
  • Playlist Tracks:
    • Stan Getz – The Girl From Ipanema
    • Antonio Carlos Jobim – Wave
    • Sylvia Telles – Samba De Uma Nota Só
    • Tamba Trio – O Barquinho
    • Rosalia De Souza – Maria Moita
    • João Gilberto – Chega De Saudade (No More Blues)
    • Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 – Mais Que Nada
    • Os Cariocas – Só Tinha De Ser Com Você
    • Elis Regina – Águas De Março
    • Vinícius de Moraes – Tomara