Two celebrated icons of Brazilian popular music come together to pay homage to the work and legacy of one the country's most influential songwriters, Antonio Carlos Jobim. In August 2008, Roberto Carlos and Caetano Veloso played two sold-outs shows in São Paulo, commemorating the 50th anniversary of bossa nova. All specific dates aside, the collaboration was itself monumental in its symbolism -- an intersection of three of Brazil's most important popular musical movements: jovem guarda, the squeaky-clean pop/rock movement personified by "the king" Roberto Carlos; tropicalismo, the experimental, genre-bending Brazilian psychedelia of the late '60s, of which Veloso was one of the most exemplary purveyors; and bossa nova, the breezy amalgam of cool jazz and samba that became synonymous with Brazilian music around the world and against which both jovem guarda and tropicalismo represented stylistic rebellions. Recorded live on August 25 and 26, 2008, at São Paulo's Auditório Ibirapuera, E a Música de Tom Jobim witnesses these once-fiery youngsters honoring the master of bossa nova and the musical genre he helped create, interpreting 16 beloved compositions. Turning to trusted conductors on their solo performances (Eduardo Lages for Carlos, Jaques Morelenbaum for Veloso) and with lush orchestral arrangements behind them, the two legends go back and forth on four duets -- "A Garota de Ipanema," "Wave," "Chega de Saudade," and the lovely "Teresa da Praia," in which Veloso and Carlos elegantly reenact the rapport between Dick Farney and Lúcio Alves on the original recording -- and welcome Jobim's grandson Daniel for a touching rendition of "Águas de Março." Still, it's not too much of a stretch to say that when placed side by side, Caetano, with his seemingly effortless lilt, blows Roberto, the inveterate crooner, out of the water.
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