Antônio Carlos Jobim

Essential Bossa Nova: Most Beautiful Songs of Antonio Carlos Jobim

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While it's true that tributes to Tom Jobim and Vincius Moraes are a dime a dozen, there are rarely any that focus on their partnership period and none of them are performed by exclusively Brazilian artists -- except this one, which is now, with this issue, in its second volume. In addition, some of the performances on this recording rank equally with the definitive versions. There is a celebratory mood on this recording to be sure, but even more, there is an exploratory one by most of the artists here. From Baden Powell's almost unbearably moving reading of "Serenata Do Adeus," to his daughter, Nana Caymmi's treatment of "Cancäo Em Modo Menor," to Joyce's tough soul balladry on "Insensatéz," to Chiquinho Timoteo's nearly modal interpretation of "Agua de Março," one thing remains a constant: there are no nostalgic looks back on this volume (as on the first). The songs of Jobim and Moraes are treated as living embodiments of a tradition that has evolved to include new forms and textures. This is perhaps the greatest tribute a songwriter can ask for, to be considered relevant for future generations.

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