In celebration of Bossa Nova’s recent 60th anniversary, Kris Russell and the Mystery Jazz Ensemble are releasing their newest single Batucada Surgiu.
The year 1958 saw the birth of Bossa Nova, originally meaning “new trend” or new wave. Her new release Batucada Surgiu, “Has a pulsating new sound and a rhythmic beat (Batucada means beat). It features a brand new musical arrangement that incorporates traditional Brazilian sound and instrumentation.”
One of Kris’s earliest musical influences and interests was Brazilian music. Her previous release “Down in Brazil,” written by Michael Franks, received global radio airplay on radio stations around the world. “Down in Brazil” appeared on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Most Added Chart, the RadioWave Prime Movers Chart, and the Groove Jazz Chart for most increased play. “Down in Brazil” was also a global music award winner receiving two bronze medals in 2017.
Kris’s love for composer Cole Porter’s music inspired her first release, a symphonic Bossa Nova version of Cole Porter’s “I Concentrate on You”. It was arranged and orchestrated by Richard Rome. “I Concentrate On You” appeared on the RadioWave Prime Movers Chart and was featured on the TM Century Gold Disc along with various other artists.