6 Songs, 22 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

A graduate of UCLA’s music program and a guitarist who plays with Michael Bublé, Sergio Mendes, and others, Sao Paulo native Marcel Camargo proves himself an adept arranger here as he investigates the music that influenced Antonio Carlos Jobim as well as the influential maestro’s own compositions on this excellent effort. He starts with the influences, taking a solo guitar piece from the ‘40s by Garoto and filling it out with a tasteful orchestral arrangement. He follows that with a 1928 choro by Pixinguinha that's been updated with modern horn harmonies. He then illustrates Jobim’s love for Chopin with a string-quartet version of “Prelude” and slides seamlessly into “Insensatez,” deftly adding more strings, horns, percussion, and singer Gretchen Parlato on top of the quartet. Jobim’s love of jazz was absolute, and a duet between Parlato and Camargo’s guitar on the standard “I Fall in Love Too Easily” fits the bill, while Camargo comes up with a dreamy chamber-string closing arrangement where he even joins Parlato in singing “Imagina.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

A graduate of UCLA’s music program and a guitarist who plays with Michael Bublé, Sergio Mendes, and others, Sao Paulo native Marcel Camargo proves himself an adept arranger here as he investigates the music that influenced Antonio Carlos Jobim as well as the influential maestro’s own compositions on this excellent effort. He starts with the influences, taking a solo guitar piece from the ‘40s by Garoto and filling it out with a tasteful orchestral arrangement. He follows that with a 1928 choro by Pixinguinha that's been updated with modern horn harmonies. He then illustrates Jobim’s love for Chopin with a string-quartet version of “Prelude” and slides seamlessly into “Insensatez,” deftly adding more strings, horns, percussion, and singer Gretchen Parlato on top of the quartet. Jobim’s love of jazz was absolute, and a duet between Parlato and Camargo’s guitar on the standard “I Fall in Love Too Easily” fits the bill, while Camargo comes up with a dreamy chamber-string closing arrangement where he even joins Parlato in singing “Imagina.”

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