Monday, February 20, 2006

Antonio Carlos Jobim - The Composer Of Desafindao, Plays

Since my previous post mentioned the Stones playing in Brazil I thought I would write about Antonio Carlos Jobim one of the best composers to ever come out of that country and he, along with Stan Getz, Charlie Byrd, Joao Gilberto and his wife Astrud who sang the huge hit The Girl From Ipanemna, helped spark the Bossa Nova craze that swept the U.S. in 1963. I love his beautiful, languid and sometimes melancholy melodies with that wonderful Bossa Nova rhythm underneath and the spare arrangements that don't waste a note or take up too much space. The Composer of "Desafinado", Plays is his first album made in the U.S. after Ipanema hit and is quite different than the Getz/Gilberto album. I read somewhere that this sounds more closer to what Bossa Nova was like at the time in Brazil. Jobim himself played piano (mainly with one hand which is very obvious) and guitar with strings, flute, bass and drums as accompianment.

Here is Aqua de Beber and One Note Samba for you to check out for yourself.

Buy it here.

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