Bossa nova (jazz)
- Barry Kernfeld
A musical style of Brazilian origin blending elements of the samba and cool jazz. It was popular in the USA in the 1960s, but many bossa nova tunes have become staple to the jazz repertory. Bossa nova music is subdued, and its challenging harmonies have elicited fine improvisations. In a typical song, a drummer and an acoustic guitarist superimpose soft, precise ternary figures on a duple meter (...