National Obituary Review

Dead Person of the Day January 12 – Luiz Bonfa

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Around the NOR home offices we call Luiz Bonfa’s delicious guitar serenading ‘baby makin’ music’. Enjoy only in moderation and only when the time is right. So if you find yourself in some inclimate weather this evening dust off the Luiz Bonfa record, uncork a bottle of $6 red and get sexy with your significant other.


Luiz Floriano Bonfá  (October 17, 1922 – January 12, 2001)

The Guardian,

In the United States, the bossa nova tunes of the guitarist Luiz Bonfá, who has died aged 78, were recorded by Frank Sinatra, Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon, Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson and Elvis Presley, yet he never achieved equivalent success in his Brazilian homeland.

His best-known works were Orpheus’s Samba and Morning Of Carnival, which became jazz classics – the latter was the world’s most played bossa nova until Antonio Carlos Jobim’s Girl From Ipanema in 1963. For Jobim himself, Bonfá’s guitar was “a little orchestra”. Those two tunes had been written for Black Orpheus, the 1959 Cannes Palme D’Or winner, which brought Rio de Janeiro’s carnival to an international audience, and turned Bonfá into an ambassador for suave Brazilian jazz in the northern hemisphere. Continue 

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