"Soul Bossa Nova" is a popular instrumental title, composed by and first performed by American impresario, jazz composer, arranger, and record producer Quincy Jones. It appeared on his 1962 Big Band Bossa Nova album on Mercury Records.[1] Multi-reed player Roland Kirk played the flute solo. Incomplete personnel on the album liner notes do not specify the prominent brass players. According to Jones, he took twenty minutes to compose the piece.[2]

"Soul Bossa Nova" has endeared itself to producers, musicians and the public. The piece appears in the soundtracks to Sidney Lumet's 1964 dramatic film The Pawnbroker, which was scored by Jones, while Woody Allen's 1969 comedy Take the Money and Run features a similar-sounding instrumental composed by Marvin Hamlisch.[3] It was used by BBC Radio 1 disc jockey Alan 'Fluff' Freeman as a theme for his afternoon programme that was broadcast in the UK during the 1970s. In 1969, the French composer Nino Ferrer used the orchestration of the theme for the chorus of his song Les cornichons, based on the title "Big Nick" by James Booker. The theme was used in a long-running Canadian television game show, Definition.[4] Canadian hip hop group Dream Warriors sampled the title heavily for their popular track "My Definition of a Boombastic Jazz Style", in their debut album And Now the Legacy Begins in 1991.[5] Like Dream Warriors, Canadian Mike Myers grew up watching Definition, and as a homage to his childhood used the title as the theme for the Austin Powers film series, starting with Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery in 1997.[1] It was used as a theme for the 1998 FIFA World Cup.[6] It was sampled by Ludacris for his Austin Powers-themed 2005 single, "Number One Spot",[5] on his 2004 album The Red Light District, appearing in the videogames Samba de Amigo and Rayman Raving Rabbids: TV Party .

The title was also used from 2001 to 2005 as the title theme in a German "ethno-comedy" TV show Was guckst du? ("What 'ya looking?"), which was based on the British TV show Goodness Gracious Me.

The title was featured in the pilot episode of Glee.

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