The Girl From Ipanema

by Minas

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Minas' version of The Girl From Ipanema, while opening and closing with dreamy and ethereal instrumentals, maintains the essential elements of authentic bossa novas': Portuguese/English, male/female vocals, jazz/samba mix, nylon-string guitar/tenor saxophone vibe, cross stick/wood block beat. Nonetheless it’s presented in a new arrangement in which exciting big band and lush strings interact and counterpoint with vocal melody lines and dialogue with the tenor saxophone solo, played by Philadelphia’s legendary Larry McKenna.


released 08 November 2014
Full album Symphony in Bossa release: March 14, 2015
This song features The Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia, under the direction of Terell Stafford, a string ensemble conducted by Anthony Pirollo, a Brazilian rhythm section (Adriano Santos, drums; Leonardo Lucini, acoustic bass, Zé Maurício, percussion), and many guest artists (Larry McKenna, Terell Stafford, John Swana, Tony Salicandro, Rob Hyman (The Hooters), and Steve Tirpak).




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Minas Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Minas (Orlando and Patricia) takes Brazilian and American roots to create a sound that is fresh and innovative, from ballads tinged with melancholic traits of Blues and Choro, to Folk coasting on the subtle coolness of a Bossa Nova pulse, to upbeat Sambas elaborated with instrumental jazz improvisation, scat singing and whimsical whistling. ... more

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