Antonio Carlos Jobim's Finest Hour (2000)

«While Antonio Carlos Jobim is an essential figure in the music of Brazil, he also created a significant place for himself in American music as a great songwriter and a key figure in the tremendous popularity of bossa nova. Apart from his unique melodic gift, what makes Jobim’s work memorable is the complexity of mood he could evoke - the touch of sadness that colors the brightest bossa nova, the irony in the midst of joy, and the mixture of delicacy and resilience in his voice and piano. He was an artist who worked primarily in pastels, but it was his sense of shadows that gave his work its most enduring qualities. Including his most famous tunes and collaborators – like “The Girl from Ipanema” with Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto – Jobim’s Finest Hour catches it all, from the standard-bearers to such gems as the playful “Aguas de Março”.» (Stuart Broomer, Amazon)

«Verve continues their Finest Hour series with Antonio Carlos Jobim’s Finest Hour, a 17-song collection highlighting the bossa nova pioneer’s singing and songwriting. “Insensatez”, “Corcovado”, “The Girl From Ipanema”, “Desafinado”, and other definitive tracks make this set entertaining, if not comprehensive.» (AMG)

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Radu said...


Boebis said...

A very nice one!

robsonmaiocchi said...

Very good!

a.f.c.tank said...

A nice piece, as all all your posts!

*Please don't forget the incredible importance of his collaborations with João Gilberto, whose voice, possibly more than Jobim's own, was of great influence on Bossa Nova's popularity in the 60's.



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