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The soundtrack for NEXT STOP WONDERLAND features the cool jazz melodics of some of the best-loved Bossa Nova and Samba tunes ever recorded, including the Antonio Carlos Jobim hits "Desifinado," "One Note Samba" and "Corcovado (Quiet Nights)," all performed by legendary Brazilian singer Astrud Gilberto.

The lyrical samba-inspired score by Argentinean composer Claudio Ragazzi sets out to rhythmically reflect the humor and melancholy of Brad Anderson's late 20th century romance. Brazilian singer Bebel Gilberto -- daughter of Joao Gilberto, one of the originators of Bossa Nova in the late 50s -- and New York recording artist Arto Lindsay contributed the vocals. In addition to the vintage recordings and the original score, three covers of Bossa Nova classics were recorded by Bebel Gilberto and Vincius Cantuaria for the film: "Girl From Ipanema," "One Note Samba" and "Batucada."

The sounds of Samba have a deep cultural resonance for the people of Brazil -- a lyrical and poetic exploration of the innate rhythms of love and life. Fusing West African, Portuguese and Native American traditions, the music arose in the early part of the 20th century in shanty-town carnivals where a hip-swiveling dance known as the "semba" soon become the "Samba." Later, in the 1950s, a vibrant and increasingly influential group of young Samba artists introduced Bossa Nova -- or the New Wave of Samba. Inspired by Samba but incorporating new popular influences, Bossa Nova was a simpler, sweeter evocation of the Samba sound, devoid of complex polyrhythms and abstractions, expressing the purity of longing and romance.

In 1962, the Antonio Carlos Jobim's song "Girl From Ipanema," performed by American jazz artist Stan Getz with Brazilians Joao Gilberto and Astrud Gilberto, became the number one hit in the U.S. This led to a surge of hit Bossa Nova tunes performed by artists such as Astrud Gilberto, Sergio Mendes, Walter Wanderley and others throughout the mid-60s. At the same time, Brazilian artists Jobim and Gilberto -- as well as musicians like the Tamba Trio, Edu Lobo, Baden Powell and Marcos Valle -- continued to refine Bossa Nova and Samba into one of the most expressive forms of international pop music.

By the late 60s, a new generation of Samba artists began to emerge from the Bahia region of Brazil. Led by Gilberto Gil and Caetano Velosa, this new movement went back to Afrocentric roots merging the Bossa Nova sound with the more aggressive beats of rock n' roll and returning to politically expressive lyrics. Today, Samba continues to be a vital part of world culture and an irresistible vehicle for protest, storytelling and celebration.


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