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Antonio Carlos Jobim

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, Jobim's songs gave jazz musicians in the 1960s a quiet, strikingly original alternative to their traditional Tin Pan Alley source.

Jobim's roots were always planted firmly in jazz; the records of Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker, Barney Kessel, and other West Coast jazz musicians made an enormous impact upon him in the 1950s. But he also claimed that the French impressionist composer Claude Debussy had a decisive influence upon his harmonies, and the Brazilian samba gave his music a uniquely exotic rhythmic underpinning. As a pianist, he usually kept things simple and melodically to the point with a touch that reminds some of Claude Thornhill, but some of his records show that he could also stretch out when given room. His guitar was limited mostly to gentle strumming of the syncopated rhythms, and he sang in a modest, slightly hoarse yet often hauntingly emotional manner.

Born in the Tijuca neighborhood of Rio, Jobim originally was headed for a career as an architect. Yet by the time he turned 20, the lure of music was too powerful, and so he started playing piano in nightclubs and working in recording studios. He made his first record in 1954 backing singer Bill Farr as the leader of "Tom and His Band" (Tom was Jobim's lifelong nickname), and he first found fame in 1956 when he teamed up with poet Vinícius de Moraes to provide part of the score for a play called Orfeo do Carnaval (later made into the famous film Black Orpheus). In 1958, the then-unknown Brazilian singer João Gilberto recorded some of Jobim's songs, which had the effect of launching the phenomenon known as bossa nova. Jobim's breakthrough outside Brazil occurred in 1962 when Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd scored a surprise hit with his tune "Desafinado" -- and later that year, he and several other Brazilian musicians were invited to participate in a Carnegie Hall showcase. Fueled by Jobim's songs, the bossa nova became an international fad, and jazz musicians jumped on the bandwagon, recording album after album of bossa novas until the trend ran out of commercial steam in the late '60s.

Jobim himself preferred the recording studios to touring, making several lovely albums of his music as a pianist, guitarist, and singer for Verve, Warner Bros., Discovery, A&M, CTI, and MCA in the '60s and '70s, and Verve again in the last decade of his life. Early on, he started collaborating with arranger/conductor Claus Ogerman, whose subtle, caressing, occasionally moody charts gave his records a haunting ambience. When Brazilian music was in its American eclipse after the '60s, a victim of overexposure and the burgeoning rock revolution, Jobim retreated more into the background, concentrating much energy upon film and TV scores in Brazil. But by 1985, as the idea of world music and a second Brazilian wave gathered steam, Jobim started touring again with a group containing his second wife Ana Lontra, his son Paulo, daughter Elizabeth, and various musician friends. At the time of his final concerts in Brazil in September 1993 and at Carnegie Hall in April 1994 (both available on Verve), Jobim at last was receiving the universal recognition he deserved, and a plethora of tribute albums and concerts followed in the wake of his sudden death in New York City of heart failure. Jobim's reputation as one of the great songwriters of the century is now secure, nowhere more so than on the jazz scene, where every other set seems to contain at least one bossa nova. ~ Richard S. Ginell
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Live At Minas

1. Desafinado (Live)

2. Samba De Uma Nota So (Live)

3. Por Causa De Voce (Live)

4. Estrada Do Sol (Live)

5. Se Todos Fossem Iguais A Voce (Live)

6. Agua De Beber (Live)

7. Eu Nao Existo Sem Voce (Live)

8. Eu Sei Que Vou Te Amar (Live)

9. Modinha (Live)

10. Chega De Saudade (Live)

11. Dindi (Live)

12. Eu Preciso De Voce (Live)

13. Retrato Em Branco E Preto (Live)

14. Corcovado (Live)

15. Ligia (Live)

16. Falando De Amor (Live)

17. Aguas De Marco (Live)

18. Garota De Ipanema (Live)

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Track List: Sun Sea And Sand: Favourites

1. Aguas De Marco

3. Agua De Beber

5. O Morro Nao Tem Vez

6. Corcovado

7. Meditation

8. Insensatez

9. Triste

13. Felicidade

15. Garota De Ipanema

16. Wave

17. Passarim

20. Looks Like December

21. Chega De Saudade

22. Desafinado

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Track List: Fotografia: Os Anos Dourados De Tom Jobim

Disc 1

1. Garota De Ipanema

2. Agua De Beber

3. Insensatez

4. Corcovado

5. Samba De Uma Nota So

6. So Danco Samba

7. Chega De Saudade

8. Desafinado

9. Aguas De Marco

10. So Tinha De Ser Com Voce

11. Fotografia

12. Chovendo Na Roseira

13. Luiza

14. Passarim

15. Gabriela

16. Años Dourados

Disc 2

1. Aguas De Marco

2. Olha Maria

3. Cancao Em Modo Menor

4. Soneto De Separacao

5. Matita Pere

6. Pe Do Lageiro

7. O Rio Da Minha Aldeia

8. Cavaleiro Monge

9. Aguas De Marco

10. Años Dourados (Instrumental)

11. Trem Azul

12. Querida

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Track List: 20th Century Masters - The Millenium Collection: The Best Of Antonio Carlos Jobim

1. The Girl From Ipanema

2. Desafinado (Off Key)

3. So Danco Samba (Jazz Samba)

4. Insensatez (How Insensitive)

5. Amor Em Paz (Once I Loved)

6. Agua De Beber

7. Samba De Uma Nota So (One Note Samba)

8. Wave

9. Tide

10. Waters Of March (Aguas De Marco)

11. Corcovado (Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars)

12. Passarim

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Track List: Antonio Carlos Jobim's Finest Hour

1. The Girl From Ipanema

2. Desafinado

3. Corcovado

4. Agua De Beber

5. Amor Em Paz (Once I Loved)

6. Insensatez

7. Samba De Uma Nota So

8. Meditation

9. Chega De Saudade

10. Wave

11. The Girl From Ipanema

12. Remember

13. Um Rancho Nas Nuvens

14. Aguas De Marco

15. Inutil Paisagem

16. Passarim

17. Looks Like December

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Track List: Verve Jazz Masters 13

1. Corcovado (Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars)

2. Vivo Sonhando (Dreamer)

3. So Danco Samba

4. Desafinado (Off Key)

5. Aguas De Marco (Waters Of March)

6. O Grande Amor

7. Agua De Beber

8. Chovendo Na Roseiro (Double Rainbow)

9. O Morro Nao Tem Vez

10. Fascinating Rhythm

11. Insensatez (How Insensitive)

12. Inutil Paisagem (Useless Landscape)

13. Favela

14. Por Todo Minha Vida

15. Triste

16. Borzeguim

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Track List: Passarim

1. Passarim

2. Bebel

3. Borzeguim

4. Looks Like December

5. Isabella

6. Fascinatin' Rhythm

7. Chansong

8. Samba do Soho

9. Luiza

10. Brasil Nativo

11. Gabriela

12. Años Dourados

13. Passarim

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Track List: Jobim

1. Aguas De Marco

2. Ana Luiza

3. Matita Pere

4. Tempo Do Mar

5. Mantiqueira Range

6. Film Cronica Da Casa Assassinada: Themes (Chronicle Of The Murdered Houe/Train To Cordisburgo/Cry...

7. Um Rancho Nas Nuvens

8. Nuvens Douradas

9. Waters Of March

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Track List: Tide

1. The Girl From Ipanema

2. Carinhoso

3. Tema Jazz

4. Sue Ann

5. Remember

6. Tide

7. Takatanga

8. Caribe

9. Rockanalia

10. Tema Jazz (Alternate Take 1)

11. Tide (Alternate Take)

12. Tema Jazz (Alternate Take 2)

13. Tema Jazz (Master Take)

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Track List: Meditacao (Radio Single)

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Track List: The Composer of Desafinado, Plays

1. The Girl from Ipanema

2. Amor em Paz (Once I Loved)

3. Agua de Beber

4. Vivo Sonhando (Dreamer)

5. O Morro Não Tem Vez (A.k.a. "Favela")

6. Insensatez (How Insensitive)

7. Corcovado (Quiet Nights)

8. Samba de uma Nota Só (One Note Samba)

9. Meditation

10. Só Danço Samba (Jazz Samba)

11. Chega de Saudade

12. Desafinado

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If I had to pick one and only one composer to listen to for the rest of my life, it would be Jobim.
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ANTONIO CARLOS JOBIM !!!!!!! BRAVISSIMO !!!!!!!!!!!!
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Older brother introduces us younger siblings to this music. not really jazz, but just a different sound from growing up on rb and Motown music back in the 60's. I always will have this music around me. I love it.
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The best one. Real music
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He is great, fabulous. Is the first time I listen Jobim, I mean to recognize him. Now, I am going to listen more Jobim's music in Pandora and will buy it. From San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Jobim's haunting and soulful wizardry is so refreshing and exquisite to look forward to after a workday. That music, a glass of wine, proscuitto and cheese completes the day.
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Delightful!
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hlore58
This is a wonderful album...list e n to his other hits, many of which were sung by Sinatra and other greats.
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The Waters of march sung in Portuguese sounds just as great as it does in English.
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Great Jobim! FYI, Brazilian Portuguese is as different as Australian English vs. UK English. It -IS- the same language as it is understood by all European, African, and Asian Portuguese speaker nations, as it sounds as different as Tennessee & Massachusett s English.
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jim.killian
Beautiful!
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Nice for an afternoon delight....S W E E T ! ! !
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Nice entry of Alto Saxophone. Love it.
This is beyond outstanding!
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Hi and this is to jprask8..... I loved you comment about your mom dancing in the kitchen. The kitchen is where ALL of my dancing is done. What a heartfelt memory...... . . . . . . .
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This was the best. I could play this track forever
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Love this piece very romantic
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I bought this album in 1964, and it still sounds as great today.
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Bossa Nova Radio, my favorite.
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Michael A. Missiras, Ph.D.
Trumpet/Corn e t / C o m p o s e r
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The first time I went to Brazil in 1990 there was not a lot of Bossa Nova there. But on the same trip I was in Argentina and found much Bossa in BA, Argentina.
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Michael Missiras
Trumpet/Corn e t / C o m p o s e r
NYC/ arctic1974@g m a i l . c o m

The feeling of joy between the singers is infectious and uplifting.
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Michael Missiras
Trumpet/Corn e t / C o m p o s e r
NYC/ arctic1974@g m a i l . c o m

This particular tune has always been a favorite of jazz musicians to improvise over the chord changes.
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wicked49
I was lucky to discover bossa nova at a small might club when I lived in Rio in the 70s. I'd always loved jazz and blues. When I heard Jobim's music I was hooked. It's been my favorite music ever since
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jprask8
I'm getting older but I can still remember my Mom back in the sixties dancing all by her self in the kitchen to this music. Thanks for the memory.
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VIVA , ANTONIO CARLOS JOBIM ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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I love zica mimoso
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realmccoy628
Could listen to this music forever.
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And... this language is Brazilian Portuguese, it is different.
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I am surprised that the author left out a very important piece of information relative to his relationship and collaboratio n with Frank Sinatra. What a pair.
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Hazel - Wow -you are an angry person and no need for for the bad words. Jobim is supposed to be soothing - NOT for swearing...g o take a hike! and define that as you wish.....
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mansuralca
Tom it is forever as his musical genius legacy to the world.
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Does anybody know how I can find a track titled silence vocals by izzy gordon
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dlrolin
OMG, Mitch! Are you kidding??? I'm just sick we missed it!!!
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His final major concert before leaving the earth was at Carnegie Hall with Pat Metheny as his guest guitarist. Perfect.
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Tom was without equal....... l o n g live Jobim
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dmansur000
Tom, leaves on his state of art work and on the minds and hearts of those who appreciate the excellence and the best we have in the world! Great master Tom Jobim!
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MY GOD !!!! Job in wrote such beautiful music !!!!!!! Gotta learn to speak & read Brazilian (Portuguese)
OBRIGADO X
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Jazzling. oops I mean Dazzling!
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polo_o
La creme de la creme...
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A genius whose contribution s to music are yet to be fully realized.
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I wish I was able to see him live...Excel l e n t music.
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You can't help but to be uplifted by his music. His spirit and genius is apparent in all of his songs! I wish I could have seen him in concert.
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His music reflects the best of the human spirit, love, laughter & happiness. The world is a better place with his music in it! Even if you don't speak a word of portughese, the uplifting spirit is easily felt & understood.
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egraebert
So dos eeuu mas a musica do Tom Jobim e a mais maravilhosa do mundo enteiro.
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The great Antonio Carlos Jobim! : )
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...thank you for Antonio Carlos Jobim...
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aluruiz
Icono de la mejor música brasileña!
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Felicidade is one of the greatest songs ever written X
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The maestro....f o r e v e r
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jimkopsa
Jobim e un grande!
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