Bossa nova is a type of Brazilian music. Bossa nova means literally "new trend". Antonio Carlos Jobim and João Gilberto developed bossa nova as a genre. The first bossa nova single to achieve international popularity was "The Girl From Ipanema".
|Stylistic origins||Samba, jazz|
|Cultural origins||Late 1950s, Rio de Janeiro's South Zone, Brazil|
|Typical instruments||Classical/acoustic guitar, piano, electronic organ, acoustic bass, drums|
|Bossa Nova (dance), sambass|
The bossa nova musical style evolved from samba but is more complex harmonically and less percussive. Joachim Ernst Berendt, the writer of a jazz book, said that bossa nova is a combination of samba and cool jazz. The influence on bossa nova of jazz styles is often debated, but a similar "cool sensibility" is apparent.