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Album Review

This is a very useful anthology for Antonio Carlos Jobim collectors, who can now acquire on one CD the entire contents of the Warner Bros albums The Wonderful World of Antonio Carlos Jobim and A Certain Mr. Jobim, plus four unreleased tracks from the latter session and the two Jobim-penned songs from Love, Strings and Jobim. These sessions present the great man mainly as an English-language vocalist who thus might sell his songs to American easy listening consumers. In the Wonderful World sessions, Nelson Riddle takes the reigns of the orchestra, but the man who could brilliantly reveal Frank Sinatra's soul doesn't quite mesh with Jobim's; the backings are too bright for the composer's dark, yearning undercurrents. The two cuts from Love, Strings and Jobim are too brash (could this really be the work of Eumir Deodato?) but with A Certain Mr. Jobim, Jobim is back in the more delicate hands of Claus Ogerman, who lays on the elusive saudade shadings most effectively in the four lovely Portuguese-language outtakes. There are generous quotas of Jobim classics here, several forgettable songs too, but also some instrumental sleepers like the tone poem "Surfboard" (heard twice) and the stunningly beautiful "Estrada de Sol." Jobim nuts will want this, of course. ~ Richard S. Ginell, Rovi

Biography

Born: 25 January 1927 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Genre: Brazilian

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

It has been said that Antonio Carlos Brasileiro de Almeida Jobim was the George Gershwin of Brazil, and there is a solid ring of truth in that, for both contributed large bodies of songs to the jazz repertoire, both expanded their reach into the concert hall, and both tend to symbolize their countries in the eyes of the rest of the world. With their gracefully urbane, sensuously aching melodies and harmonies,...
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