Various Artists

Blue Note Plays Jobim [1996]

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Bookended with two vintage interpretations by Jobim's early musical partner, João Gilberto, this Blue Note tribute shows off the bossa giant's genius through both classic hard bop-era sides by the likes of Stanley Turrentine ("Wave") and Grant Green ("Corcovado [Quiet Nights]") and more modern and expansive interpretations from pianist and compatriot Eliane Elias (jazz-centric takes on "Waters of March [Aquas de Marco]" and "Girl From Ipanema") and '80s young Turk Javon Jackson ("Useless Landscape"). The vocal/instrumental mix is further essayed on fine work by Carmen McCrae, guitarist Bireli Lagrene, and pianist Jack Wilson. A respectable and enjoyable salute to one of the top figures of international music.

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