Bossa 65 – Occhi Magazine – US

With a discography that stretches back nearly 60 years, pianist, composer, and arranger, Antonio Adolfo has recorded over 25 albums as a leader. On past albums, Adolfo focused on a particular composer, for example, “Jobim Forever” (2021) and “BruMa: Celebrating Milton Nascimento” (2020). It has been 65 years since Bossa Nova was born on the south side of Rio, and on his newest album, Bossa 65:Celebrating Carlos Lyra and Roberto Menescal’, Adolfo turns his attention to two great composers who are on the frontline of the creation of this popular and beloved music. Bossa Nova was probably the most important musical movement to come out of Brazil in the 20th Century.

There are many well-known artists associated with Bossa, most notably Antonio Carlos Jobim, but there are others, like Carlos Lyra and Roberto Menescal. Adolfo considers Lyra, a singer, and composer of many classic Bossa compositions, as his musical mentor and godfather. Adolfo says, “I think his music should be studied by musicians around the world.” Menescal is a Brazilian composer, record producer, guitarist, vocalist, and pioneer of Bossa Nova. Menescal created some of the most important gems of Bossa Nova, including the famous “Little Boat.” With deep roots in the Bossa tradition, Adolfo’s elegant pianism and harmonically complex arrangements are Influenced by bebop, soul, and West Coast jazz. With a seasoned band at the top of their form, ‘Bossa 65:Celebrating Carlos Lyra and Roberto Menescal’ is a beautiful tribute to two legendary composers and performers.

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