Brazil icon takes bossa nova on 50th birthday tour

Fri Oct 31, 2008 5:20pm EDT
 
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By Mary Milliken

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Grammy-winning Brazilian singer Milton Nascimento didn't make his musical mark with bossa nova, but for the genre's 50th birthday, he decided to take it for an international tour.

Nascimento was only 16 years-old when composer Antonio Carlos Jobim began scoring the breezy Brazilian music that would travel the globe with hits like "The Girl from Ipanema" and "Desafinado."

But as Nascimento's music career took off in the 1960s in Rio de Janeiro, he found himself frequently in the company of Jobim, known as "Tom" to his friends.

Jobim, who died in 1994, would have turned 80 last year.

"I was almost always in Tom's house and every day there was a new song playing," Nascimento told Reuters in Los Angeles, where he and the Jobim Trio, which includes Jobim family members, played in the city's premier music venue, the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

"Tom always told us: 'When I go on the big trip, don't let my music disappear,'" Nascimento added.

So to honor him, Nascimento teamed up with the trio formed by Tom's son Paulo Jobim, grandson Daniel Jobim and Tom's drummer Paulo Braga first for a concert and then for the album "Novas Bossas."

To record the new songs, the friends reunited last year in Nascimento's Rio de Janeiro home studio and tried to evoke the laid-back bohemian way of the city's musicians that has succumbed to the fast-paced modern life.   Continued...

 
<p>Brazilian singer Milton Nascimento performs during the opening of the Rock in Rio music Festival, in Rio de Janeiro in this January 12, 2001 file photo. Nascimento didn't make his musical mark with bossa nova, but for the genre's 50th birthday, he decided to take it for an international tour. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker/Files</p>