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RIP, João Gilberto, grand old man of bossa nova
Old 7th July 2019
RIP, João Gilberto, grand old man of bossa nova
Updated at 9:34 p.m. on Saturday, July 6.

João Gilberto, one of the principal architects of the Brazilian musical style bossa nova, has died at his home in Rio de Janeiro, according to a FaceBook post by his son. João Marcelo Gilberto wrote that his father, who was 88 years old, died following an undisclosed illness.

João Gilberto is credited by some with writing the first bossa nova, or new beat. This mid-20th century musical gift to the world drew on Brazil's African-influenced samba tradition, but was performed without the usual battery of drums and rhythm instruments, and at much lower volumes. Gilberto's intimate and nuanced style of guitar playing and singing, eventually central to the bossa nova sound, were reportedly developed in 1955 when he sequestered himself inside of a bathroom at his sister's house so as not to disturb her family and to take advantage of the acoustics provided by the bathroom tiles.

In the mid-1950s, Brazil was in the midst of a post-WWII modernization inspired by a new president who wished to move the country out of third world economic status. Gilberto's "Bim-Bom," often named as the first bossa nova song, came from that period, and soon thereafter, the style began to sweep Rio's cafe's and bars.

João, his then-wife, Astrud, and Stan Getz with a little tune you may have heard...
Old 7th July 2019
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RIP João Gilberto. True innovator
Thanks for the music
Old 7th July 2019
Will be dearly missed.

A fact that not many are aware of about him is that he was in a way a gearslut. He was very very picky about mics - he would have nothing but a particular iteration of the AKG C414 (can't remember which) and would get nervous and worked up if the venue didn't provide it. Many sound techs have horror stories with him!

RIP JG, your music will live on.
Old 8th July 2019
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I heard him live, maybe 12 years ago. He was playing all the bossa nova tunes like a monk copying over and over the same lines, aiming for perfection. He got as near as a human being could. Bossa Nova is the music that taught me what a melody actually is supposed to be, and what laid back means.

The microphones he was using were apparently AKG C 414 EB P48, which have the same black housing as the later B-ULS. Now were they equipped with an original CK-12 or a later nylon iteration

RIP Senhor João Gilberto
Old 12th July 2019
Sad to hear. He was a legend.
Old 12th July 2019
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RIP. One of my all time faves.
Old 16th July 2019
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RIP Joao... Respect!
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