Mania de Maria (Enr En 1963 Paris)
Label: Universal Music Division Decca Records France
Luiz Bonfa may not be the king of bossa nova that the album title suggests, but he is undoubtedly one of its reigning crown princes. After the French film Black Orpheus introduced bossa nova (and Luiz Bonfa) to the world, the Brazilian guitarist went to Paris and cut this sublime set. Bonfa's singing style owes a lot to Joao Gilberto, but his guitar playing brings a snappier samba and Spanish punch to the bossa's blissed-out template.