WAVE/VOU TE CONTAR
Sunday, October 4, 2020
12:00pm - 2:00pm
"Wave" by Antonio Carlos Jobim is perhaps the, er, crest in popularity of Bossa Nova and the Brazilian invasion of the late 1960s. Popularized by ersatz combo Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66, the song evokes the existential melancholy that seems endemic to this style of pop music. "The fundamental loneliness goes whenever two can dream a dream together." The musical and lyrical ambiguity, as well as sophistication, was attractive to jazz artists and vocalists. At least 400 versions have been recorded since its debut in 1967, including iconic singers Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, as well as the pantheon of Brazilian vocalists: Elis Regina, Gal Costa, and Cataeno Veloso. For some reason, listener Adam, who suggested this PatNauseam, thinks we should consider a version by Merv Griffin. Which two dozen versions will make the cut? Tune into Subject to Change for October 4 at noon.
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