This round, the song is the bossa nova classic, "Chega de Saudade" ("No More Blues"), with music by Antonio Carlos Jobim and lyrics by Vinicius de Moraes. It’s considered to be the first bossa nova song recorded, in 1957 by Elizete Cardoso, although the most-popular version of it was recorded in 1958 by João Gilberto.
I’ve lined up a couple of young quartets as contestants.
NOVA is a Los Angeles based quartet fronted by vocalist Laura Vall, originally from Barcelona, backed by guitarist David Irelan, bassist Thomas Hjorth (since 2018; Simon Huber plays bass here), and drummer Mike Papagni.
Irene Miranda Quartet
The Irene Miranda Quartet is based in Belgium and is fronted by Ms. Miranda, backed by guitarist Lucien Lenaerts, bassist Félix Heymans, and drummer Thomas Vasseur.
There are our contestants. Here’s where you come in, if you wish:
- Listen to the two songs.
- Decide which song you like the best.
- Vote for your favorite by leaving me a comment with your choice. If you feel like telling us why, feel free.
- Then, visit the other participants and vote in their Battles:
I’ll tally the votes and announce the winner next Friday, October 22, so be sure and cast your vote by then.
The lines are now open. Good luck to NOVA and the Irene Miranda Quartet!