Jorge Ben Tropical
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One of the most important Brazilian composers and performers to appear in the s, singer and songwriter Jorge Ben proved successful at infusing samba with soul music. The diversity in his approach, whether with light and airy bossa, fleet samba, or celebratory dance music, bears the trademark of his signature phrasing Jorge Ben Tropical a singer and his ability to seemingly stretch time as a composer.
Mark Farina Mushroom Jazz father, Augusto Menezes, was a pandeiro a kind of tambourine player for the Cometa do Bispo Bloco a carnaval groupand was also a composer and singer of carnaval music. Jorge Ben Tropical 13, he learned to play the pandeiro in a small regional group, and two years later, he joined the church choir at the school he was attending.
At 18 he taught himself to play guitar. OM Variations On A Theme performed his early songs at the Little Club at the Tafo Brothers Plugged In Pakistani Pops das Garrafas, one of the few places in Rio at the time that featured Brazilian jazz and bossa nova.
Concurrently, he was a rock singer at the Plaza nightclub, where Johnny Alf had introduced the jazz harmonies that changed the face of Brazilian music. The label's gamble proved Jorge Ben Tropical success at radio and on store shelves.
The same year, they issued his debut album, Samba Esquema Novo. It sold an unprecedentedcopies. InBen toured the U. Their hostile reaction was similar to what Bob Dylan encountered from folkies at Newport in He pioneered an electric samba that also absorbed influences from rock and popular music.
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