3 Bossa Nova
THE BRAZILIAN BOSSA nova style became popular in the ‘60s and is a fusion of samba and jazz. The tempo is usually laid back and with a mellow vibe. The bossa nova style has become part of the standard jazz repertoire, and the composer Antonio Carlos Jobim has written many classic songs including The girl From Ipanema. The rhythms are based around the ‘bossa’ clave (See Fig 1, p30). The two-bar bossa nova clave pattern can be played with three beats in the first bar, and two beats in the second (3:2 clave) or reversed so that there are two beats in bar 1, and three beats in bar 2 (2:3 clave).