Soul Bossa Nova

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"Soul Bossa Nova"
Song by Quincy Jones
from the album Big Band Bossa Nova
RecordedSeptember 7, 1962; A & R Studios, New York City [1]
GenreSwing, jazz, samba, bossa nova
Songwriter(s)Quincy Jones
Producer(s)Quincy Jones

"Soul Bossa Nova" is a popular instrumental, composed and first performed by the musician, impresario and record producer Quincy Jones. It appeared on his 1962 Big Band Bossa Nova album on Mercury Records.[2]

Jones said that it took him twenty minutes to compose the piece,[3] which features prominently a cuíca (responsible for the distinctive "laughing" in the first bars). Roland Kirk was the flute soloist, Lalo Schifrin was the pianist, Chris White was the bassist, Rudy Collins was the drummer, and Jerome Richardson was the alto flutist.[4] The album liner notes do not specify the brass players.

Media use[edit]


  1. ^ "Mercury Records Discography: 1962" Retrieved November 7, 2018
  2. ^ a b Henry, Clarence Bernard (2008-08-21). Let's Make Some Noise: Axé and the African Roots of Brazilian Popular Music. Univ. Press of Mississippi. p. 167. ISBN 9781604730821. Retrieved 17 April 2012.
  3. ^ Jones, Quincy (2001-10-01). Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones. Random House Digital, Inc. p. 263. ISBN 9780385488969. Retrieved 17 April 2012.
  4. ^ "Mercury Records Discography: 1962" Retrieved November 7, 2018
  5. ^ Harvey, Adam; Hyman, Dick (2007-03-06). The Soundtracks of Woody Allen: A Complete Guide to the Songs and Music in Every Film, 1969-2005. McFarland. p. 147. ISBN 9780786429684. Retrieved 17 April 2012.
  6. ^ "CTV Produced Shows Over the Years". BellMedia. Archived from the original on 17 April 2012.
  7. ^ a b Michael, Eric Dyson (2009-12-08). Born to Use Mics. Basic Civitas Books. p. 91. ISBN 9780786727650. Retrieved 17 April 2012.
  8. ^ Rear cover of 1998 CD reissue of Big Band Bossa Nova.
  9. ^ Krewen, Nick (2014-05-12). "'This lady is really special,' the legendary producer says of his 20-year-old Canadian protégé". The Toronto Star. ISSN 0319-0781. Retrieved 2016-02-17.