Chega de Saudade
"Chega de Saudade" (Brazilian Portuguese: ['ʃega dʒi saw'dadʒi]) (published English version is "No More Blues") is often considered to be the first recorded bossa nova song. The music was composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim and the lyrics were written by Vinícius de Moraes. João Gilberto's recording is the most famous.
The song was first recorded in 1957 by Brazilian singer Elizete Cardoso and released on her 1958 album entitled Canção Do Amor Demais; however, the public took little notice of her release. João Gilberto included the second recorded version of the track in 1958. Released as a single, the song became a hit and would solidify bossa nova as a permanent genre in the Latin music lexicon. The song also appeared on Gilberto's first album Chega De Saudade.
The title can be translated roughly as "enough longing", though the Portuguese word, saudade, carries with it a far more complex meaning. The word implies an intensity of heartfelt connection that is yearned for passionately, not unlike feeling withdrawal symptoms from a drug that makes one feel good. Another good analogy might be an intense homesickness. Chega, in this case, means no more, enough.
The song form is 64 measures. It is equally split between 32 measures in a minor key and the 32 measures in a major key. The key of the original recording by Elizete Cardoso went from D minor (the relative minor of F with one flat) to D major (two sharps).
Covers and versions
- It has been recorded by jazz and rock performers, with the English language title "No More Blues". English lyrics have been written by Jon Hendricks and "Jessie Cavanaugh" (actually a pseudonym for music publisher Howard S. Richmond)
- In 2000, the João Gilberto version was made a member of the Grammy Hall of Fame. A year later, in 2001, the album which it came from, Gilberto's album, Chega De Saudade, was made an inaugural member of the Latin Grammy Awards Hall of Fame.
- The song was performed by the cellist, Yo-Yo Ma on his album Obrigado Brazil. American jazz vibraphonist Gary Burton also recorded the composition on his 1966 album The Time Machine and his solo album Alone at Last (Atlantic, 1971). In 1984, under the English-language title "No More Blues", it was the opening track on singer Roseanna Vitro's debut LP, Listen Here. Rosa Passos, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Toninho Horta, Joe Henderson, The Hi-Lo's, Carmen McRae, and César Camargo Mariano are among other who covered the song.
- Eliane Elias included the song in her 1992 album Fantasia and in her 1996 album The Three Americas.
- The song was performed by Brazilian metal band Angra at a live acoustic set at the auditorium of the FNAC Forum in Paris in 1995. The recording was later featured on their EP "Live Acoustic at FNAC" in 1998.
- The Game Boy Color version of Grand Theft Auto 2 has a chiptune arrangement of the song as its character selection music, composed by Anthony Paton.
- Also recorded by Caroll Vanwelden on Portraits of Brazil (2016).
- Katie Noonan & Karin Schaupp covered the song on their album Songs of the Latin Skies (2017).
- Zule Guerra recorded it on her EP Tres de tres: Brazilian.
- A version of the song was recorded by Geoff Knorr to the soundtrack of the game Civilization V as the musical theme for the Brazilian civilization.
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