The Evolution of Quincy Jones’ “Soul Bossa Nova”

Quincy Jones – Soul Bossa Nova (1962)

Everyone knows this Quincy Jones tune from something, depending on what generation they belong to and various other environmental factors. In preparation for the new Quincy album, we’re tracing this song through time in samples and interpolations in jazz, hip-hop, plus film, TV and beyond.

Quincy released the original album Soul Bossa Nova in 1962 and the title track gained a presence in TV programs and films worldwide throughout the 60s and 70s. The signature flute loop was originally recorded by none other than multi-reed-instrument master Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Besides film licensing, the song also became a popular recording for sampling, particularly from the Canadian hip-hop group Dream Warriors (check out the Boombastic video below). That 90′s style hip-hop/jazz hybrid is a quintessential example of the early Giant Step sound.

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The next revival of the song came from Ludacris on his single “Number One Spot,” (2004) which was also the ubiquitous theme of the Austin Powers soundtrack. (According to Wikipedia, Mike Myers grew up watching the Canadian game show which used the “Soul Bossa Nova” flute loop as a theme. But again, Wikipedia also once said that Ghostface Killah is also known as ‘Chunky Mario Delight’). Ludacris, never lacking a sense of humor, embraces the Austin Powers joke in his music video and drags Q into the video, explaining his new flava on the old classic.

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Now Ludacris pays tribute to the living legend again, this time bringing along producer Naturally 7 and Rudy Currence. The instantly-recognizable “Soul Bossa Nostra” continues to find a place in contemporary films and video games, close to 50 years after its release. Check out the new Ludacris version and find more info on the full Quincy Jones album below.

Ludacris, Naturally 7 & Rudy Currence – “Soul Bossa Nostra”
 

Full album Q: Soul Bossa Nostra will available Novemeber 9th.

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