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1. Getz/Gilberto
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Average Customer Review: 4.84 out of 5 stars
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Originally released in March 1964, this collaboration between saxophonist Stan Getz and guitarist João Gilberto came at seemingly the end of the bossa nova craze Getz himself had sparked in 1962 with Jazz Samba, his release with American guitarist Charlie Byrd. Jazz Samba remains the only jazz album to reach number one in the pop charts. In fact, the story goes that Getz had to push for the release of Getz/Gilberto since the company did not want to compete with its own hit; it was a good thing he did. Getz/Gilberto, which featured composer Antonio Carlos Jobim on piano, not only yielded the hit "Girl from Ipanema" (sung by Astrud Gilberto, the guitarist's wife, who had no professional experience) but also "Corcovado" ("Quiet Night")--an instant standard, and the definitive version of "Desafinado." Getz/Gilberto spent 96 weeks in the charts and won four Grammys. It remains one of those rare cases in popular music where commercial success matches artistic merit. Bossa nova's "cool" aesthetic--with its understated rhythms, rich harmonies, and slightly detached delivery--had been influenced, in part, by cool jazz. Gilberto in particular was a Stan Getz fan. Getz, with his lyricism, the bittersweet longing in his sound, and his restrained but strong swing, was the perfect fit. His lines, at once decisive and evanescent, focus the rest of the group's performance without overpowering. A classic. --Fernando Gonzalez ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Tall and tan and young and lonely...
The 1964 winner for Best Album was this mellow but spright cool jazz album that pushed Latin bossa nova and samba rhythms on the map. With a lineup that included Joao Gilberto on guitar and vocals, Antonio Carlos Jobim on piano, Tommy Williams on bass, Milton Banana on drums, and on the two most memorable songs, Joao's wife Astrud. However, the driving force behind this was tenor saxophonist Stan Getz, and his straight-tone, controlled-vibrato sound.

The album starts appropriately enough with the Grammy winner for best song, "The Girl From Ipanema". This is the full 5:22 version that begins with Joao Gilberto singing in Portuguese. Then comes that soft voice and those familiar lyrics: "Tall and tan and young and lonely/The girl from Ipanema goes walking/And when she passes/Each one she passes goes haaa." Well, the thing that makes me go "haaa" here is Astrud Gilberto's voice. Getz's sax solo and Jobim's piano in the middle serves as a bridge between the two refrains. There is a 45 rpm version of this classic, the 2:46 single edit of just Astrud singing, included later. I must confess that I first heard a parody of this song, Bob River's "The Girl With Emphysema", and then sought hard to find out the original version, which led me to this album.

"Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars)" is the other song featuring Astrud Gilberto. In the full 4:14 version, we have Joao doing Portuguese lyrics, as he did in the full version of "Ipanema." There is a dreamy quality about this song, particularly when Astrud sings "Quiet nights and quiet dreams/Quiet walks by quiet streams/And the window lookin' on the mountains and the sea how lovely." And Getz's sax really enhances that exoticness as does Jobim's piano. BTW, Corcovado is the name of a mountain overlooking Rio de Janeiro. There is a 2:21 45 rpm issue included here as well.

As for the rest of the songs, Getz's rich saxophone provides the rich qualities that make this a winner, particularly his solo on "So Danso Samba" with its "vai vai vai vai vai" refrain by Joao Gilberto. The song title means "I Only Dance Samba", as opposed to calypso, the twist, and the cha-cha that were sweeping the country's dance floors in the 1960's. And Joao Gilberto's soft vocals complement the soft qualities of the other instrumentalists. Only complaint: Astrud should've been featured on more songs.

5-0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece
This is such a terrific CD. It was a break trough in 1964 when it was released introducing Bossa Nova to world audiences. Every Grammy it received like best album and best song for The Girl From Ipanema was well deserved.

It's hard to say which performance is more impressive. Would it be the marvelous Tom Jobim composition? Or the whispering Joao Gilberto's voice accompanying his wonderful guitar cords? Would it be the melodic Stan Getz sax solos. Or the soft almost childish Astrud Gilberto's voice? Probably the combination of all.

Every track is special but my favorites are Corcovado and Doralice. Doralice has the most beautiful saxophone solo I ever heard however, for some strange reason, the song is almost unknown even in Brazil.

Most of the lyrics are in Portuguese but The Girl From Ipanema and the beginning of Corcovado are sung in English by Astrud but this shouldn't be an obstacle for the appreciation of this masterpiece. With under 40 minutes of total play time and two very similar releases of The Girl From Ipanema and Corcovado it might seem not too much bang for your buck but believe me it pays off.

5-0 out of 5 stars THE Best Bossa Nova Album
Have owned two vinyl copies of this album. Wore out the first copy. Will probably buy the CD. I can't add too much to the previous reviews but let me add two words, 'Timeless & Elegant.'

5-0 out of 5 stars One thing to say---
I do not know a word of Portugese, but I can sing "The Girl From Impanema" by heart -- in Portugese. That's how many times I've played this album.

If you can and have the means to play it, get this in its original LP format. But the CD is most excellent as well, and if you haven't ever heard it, I encourage you to buy it right now; you won't be disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Something about Samba
This will just be a short review..this CD is absolutely wonderful. I am not going to compare it to anything...I'm not even going to try and describe it other than to say it brings me an incredible amount of joy. It's sexy cool, it's flippin' hot.

It's just right for a night of loving.

My only complaint is that it is too short...but maybe that's the genius of it because it made me crave other music by both Getz and Gilberto.

So I'm going to let you stop reading and let you purchase this beautiful recording. ... Read more

2. Wave
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It's hardly a stretch to say that Antonio Carlos Jobim--the wonderful Brazilian composer almost single-handedly responsible for all things bossa nova--influenced some of past half century's best and most insipid musics, from bossa nova jazz to elevator Muzak. Wave, a collection of 1967 dates featuring keyboardist Jobim backed by an extensive orchestra, straddles that line: it's full of amazing original compositions, but the arrangements have a certain faux suave, late-'60s lounge feel that reeks of stale cheese. The result is actually great, the veneer of kitsch insidiously masking Jobim's trademark immeasurable sadness, which creeps up on you and leaves you unexpectedly affected. --Keven McAlester ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The album that defines bossa nova
I first bought WAVE on vinyl, shortly it was released, already being a fan of Jobim. I played the grooves off of it. Now, I have it in CD. It's doubtful anyone in the world has played and listened to this album more than I have over the years. The appeal is threefold: First, Jobim's music is relentlessly upbeat and mood elevating. There is a happiness and joy which never fails to make your outlook on life better. Second, the music is relaxing. It cuts through tension and removes the stress and aggravation of everyday living. Third, it's rhythmic. Brazilian beats are recognized as the most expressive and soul-moving in the world. If these rhythms don't get your body subtly moving, you'll need life supports! If you don't know Jobim or haven't listened to Brazilian Bossa Nova, start here! Jobim is the undisputed, heavyweight champion of the genre and THIS album is at the absolute top of his work. Do NOT miss it!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Have
This CD is a classic, no doubt about it. It's a release that I would have to recommend to anyone that's a fan of Bossa Nova and Antonio Carlos Jobim's music. To many, Wave is like the essence of Bossa Nova and a cornerstone in the genre. Simply put, you haven't heard all there is to hear of Bossa Nova if you haven't heard this.

I love this CD - I can put it in no matter the time of day and unwind and relax. It has soothing orchestration, gentle touches of life and the musicianship is stellar, of course, and it's very romantic. It's almost like there's a song for each season of the year and once the music plays, you're taken to another place. Of all the Antonio Carlos Jobim releases, this is certainly an essential - along with Elis and Tom. So many artists have redone works here and it's safe to say that very very few of them capture the magic that the versions here do - with the notable exception of Elis Regina's "Triste" IMO.

Definitely PICK THIS UP! It's worth every penny. But be warned if you're a bit new to Bossa Nova, this isn't so much about Astrud Gilberto, Stan Getz or Joao Gilberto so the versions here are very different from theirs. And if you do pick this up and like it, certainly check out Getz/Gilberto, Elis & Tom, Astrud Gilberto and of course Joao Gilberto and work by Joyce. Oh yeah, and check out "Tide", by Antonio Carlos Jobim too. Enjoy!

4-0 out of 5 stars The Music of Antonio Carlos Hobim
Jobim Music is to float on a cloud of dreams. I have most of his music performed by all the great Brazilian artists including a
a superb rendition by Frank Sinatra {not Brazilian}
Ilove this CD.Although it is Instrumental The music is divine.
Jobim inspires love and romance in me.
From Arti a 24 years GUY

5-0 out of 5 stars The ultimate bossa nova album, and Tom Jobim's best
I just received this album, today, and I can't get enough of it! I had sampled listening to the tracks after being attracted to "Wave"'s unique album cover with the giraffe silhouetted in a 'green sky' background. (The picture on the back with Tom Jobim in silhouette is also nice, adding a haunting, dramatic touch.) I immediately fell in love with this album, and had to order it.

All of the tracks on Tom Jobim's "Wave" are bossa novas - bossa nova being my favorite style of Brazilian music. One can't help imagine being on a Rio beach while listening to the tracks, such as "Wave", "The Red Blouse", "Mojave" and, my ultimate favorite, "Antigua", which reminds one of the beach and sea. When I listen to "Antigua" (at least, just this version), whimsical person that I am, I imagine Alexander Belayev's "Amphibian" Ichthyander romancing his sweetheart, Gutierre on an isolated beach on that Caribbean island. I see them tenderly embracing (and kissing!) at the surf.

Okay, back to reality, and Tom Jobim's "Wave"!

I sampled the tracks on "Tide", Jobim's follow-up album to "Wave". "Tide" is good, but many of the songs veer from the bossa nova sound. Which is why I'm sticking with "Wave". An Amazon reviewer mentioned that "Wave" is the better of the two albums. I agree. For me, it is THE BEST! Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Wave" is a must-have for lovers of standard bossa nova music, and for lovers, in general.

5-0 out of 5 stars Chillout, lounge... this is where it all began
Close your eyes, forget about names and time. If you do that, you can picture "The Red House", the now-legendary "Triste", the 3/4 "Mojave" or "Lamento" being recorded by some of the 21st century's hottest chillout acts... but truth is that it's yet another revival (not implying that today's work lacks value or originality)... quite simply, Tom Jobim did this back 1967, with his new Bossa (Bossa Nova) in this follow through to classics such as "The Girl from Ipanema", "One Note Samba" and "Desafinado".

Digitally mastered and engineered by mega-producer Rudy Van Gelder, this reissue of Jobim's 'Wave' blends in a perfect mix of downtempo, romantic tunes with upbeat tracks that bring out the best in Bossa Nova from the father of the genre himself, for the new generation and those who heard the music back in the days, to enjoy alike. ... Read more

3. Knowing You
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Inside the CD jacket for Knowing You, John Pizzarelli is pictured barefoot in a summery suit, his shirt untucked. The image nicely captures his unbuttoned approach to popular song. He doesn't have the strongest voice (his scat threatens to vaporize) and doesn't pin back your ears on guitar, but he gets inside the songs with such knowing ease and is so attuned to the demands of cabaret and jazz, he's difficult to resist. This time out, he goes beyond the constraints of his working group--which frequently includes his legendary father, rhythm guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli--to feature tenor saxophonist Harry Allen, clarinetist Ken Peplowski and pianist-organist Larry Goldings. Allen's Getzian solo helps transform the Beach Boys' "God Only Knows" into a surprisingly effective vehicle. Pizzarelli and his wife, Broadway singer Jessica Molaskey, make Dave Frishberg's "Quality Time" a workaholic's delight. And there are first-rate renditions of Loesser and Kern, Cahn and Gershwin, making this one of Pizzarelli's best albums. --Lloyd Sachs ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars What a Delight
I recently purchased this album from John Pizzarelli.I found it through some radio promotion and the nudging of some friends, and let me tell you I was pleasantly surprised.I know what I like, and this album has it all!Great guitar, vocals, rhythms, everything...purely great music!!!I truly enjoy this album every time I put it on, and have a hard time even taking it out of my CD player.I would recommend to anybody who enjoys great music!

5-0 out of 5 stars Another Pizarelli gem
He's done it again.What an enjoyable album.Full of humor and a lot of suprises, expecially on lesser known songs.He somewhat manages to make theme his own.The additional vocals of his wife is pure pleasure. Can't wait for more from Mr. Pizzarelli

5-0 out of 5 stars John Pizzarelli - theCrown Prince of Jazz
From his very first release on vinyl (I'm Hip) to this exciting new CD, Pizzarelli is a master at what he does. "Coffee, Black" is a brilliant discovery, perfectly suited to his off-the-cuff delivery of the trickiest lyrics. Even his own compositions are maturing; on this album, "The First Hint of Autumn" evokes the arrangements of jazz great, Pat Methaney. For those who say his voice is light, I say phooey!He picks repertoire that showcases his large range and masterful command of words; these days we forget that ennunciation is an important skill for a singer!His guest artists perfectly compliment Pizzarelli's own style; particuularly the tenor sax and the vocal interplays with his wife, Jessica. All around, a gorgeous collection.

4-0 out of 5 stars solid jazz
For all you naysayers and skeptics john Pizzarelli and his band (Martin Pizzarellli, Ray Kennedy) are the real deal. This isn't watered down vocal jazz that tries to pass itself off as something its not. Every one takes great (all be it short....) solos. Big thumbs up for Ray Kennedy here (piano). I usually prefer the more upbeat tunes and the swingers... "Knowing you" has far more of those then on John's previous disks. This disk also sounds much cleaner then other telarc recordings ( good production value )... Throw in a bunch of great guests like the virtuoso and terribly underrated clarinetist Ken Peplowski and Larry Goldings (organ) and you have a disk that's worth the cash done in a style that is all too scarce in this day and age of jazz that tends to over intellectualize. ... Read more

4. Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim
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Multitalented Brazilian musician Jobim's talent was revealed to a larger world in 1959 by his and Luis Bonfa's score for the film Orfeu Negro (Black Orpheus) in 1959. Songs such as "A Felicidade" and "Desafinado" generated the bossa nova movement of the early '60s that inspired the likes of Stan Getz, Charlie Byrd, and Miles Davis. This 1967 album features Jobim sharing vocals with Sinatra on "The Girl from Ipanema" and "How Insensitive." Three standards--"Change Partners" by Irving Berlin; "I Concentrate on You" by Cole Porter; and Robert Wright, George Forrest, and Alexander Borodin's "Baubles, Bangles, and Beads"--round out the program of seven Jobim tunes. This is a lovely taste of Latin melody and rhythm from two masters of relaxed swing. --Stanley Booth ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars "Tone" and "Ol' Blue Eyes" Sublime
Sinatra and Jobim is a match made in heaven. Sinatra never sounds restrained in his uncharacteristic softness of delivery, but rather reveals a reflective sensitivity that is both tender and virile. Claus Ogerman's relaxed and sonorous arrangement and his masterful bridling of his musicians provides a showcase for "that voice" that is never distracting. My favorite cuts are 'The Girl From Ipanema" and "How Insensitive", two of Jobim's own beautiful tunes where Jobim provides vocal support creating a three-way love affair, Sinatra, Jobim and the Music. Al Viola's guitar work on "Change Partners" dances with Sinatra's vocal with an elegance reminiscent of "Fred and Ginger". I have always appreciated Frank Sinatra's rich voice and turn of lyric, but his softer side is a revelation that is beyond superlatives. This recording along with Sinatra's classic outing with Nelson Riddle on "Only The Lonely" stand out as my all time favorites. If you don't already have these two remastered CDs as part of your collection you have yet to discover the full character of one of our greatest interpreters of song.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sinatra, Jobim, Ogermann and Perfection!
Through the years I've had a chance to ask a number of pop singers to name their favorite Sinatra album...

The answer inevitably is "The Jobim lp"

Though most Sinatra purists will tell you the Captiol years were the artist's peak years, "Sinatra and Jobim" easily measures up to the musical standards of the best Capitol albums.

Sinatra's readings of "Dindi" and "I Concentrate On You" are simply some of the most beautiful things to come out of all American pop music.

This CD showcases the finest popular singer to walk the planet accompanied by the master of Brazilian love songs, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and the simple but beautiful arrangements of Claus Ogermann.

Too bad Amazon won't let me award it six stars!

5-0 out of 5 stars Back to the roots of it all.....
This record was one of my favorites as a little kid and is still a vivid component of my memories of childhood and a cd I now consider the essential roots of my taste in music. I still remember listening and swaying with the delicious rhythums of this magnificent music. I grew up thinking this was average music. Grown up I know it is spectacular music. Orchestrations arranged and conducted by Claus Ogerman and sweet, soft and gentle vocals by Frank Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim.

This is as good as it will ever get for me.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great duet!
On this album Sinatra recorded bossa nova and brazilian jazz songs of Antonio Carlos Jobim, brazilian jazz king, who is featured here on guitar and backing vocals. Only three songs that are not written by Jobim are Change Partners (written by Irving Berlin), I Concentrate On You (written by Cole Porter) and Baubles, Bangles and Beads (written by Forrest and Wright) Very quiet album, arrangements were done by Claus Ogerman. This is probably one of his best albums from the sixties.

5-0 out of 5 stars absolutley beautiful collaboration
what more can you ask, other than one wishes it were longer. but, the combination on these two artists on standards such as change partners, quitet nights, baubles, and meditation evoke a blue latin night. not that the fun is gone. girl from impanema, for example, is infectuousely charming.
an absolute must have for the collection and one of sinatras best. ... Read more

5. Elis & Tom
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5-0 out of 5 stars Bossa Nova Twilight
"Elis and Tom" is one of the half-dozen essential bossa nova works. Jobim, on his own, is interesting; albums like the 1967 "Wave" are a weird hybrid of cool jazz and something else that can come off as saccharine. Those benighted souls who think that Astrud Gilberto is the voice of Jobim have been misled, since Elis Regina is a fantastic and sexy singer and Astrud is a terrible and sexy singer, sort of the Sandie Shaw of Brazil. That's the problem in general with this music--there have been so many ghastly versions of classics like "Corcovado" or "Double Rainbow" or "Waters of March" that it's hard to hear them for what they are. "Elis and Tom," recorded in Los Angeles in 1974, is the perfect corrective to this perception. These are indeed the definitive versions of fourteen Jobim tunes and will remain that way for the foreseeable future. Elis Regina recorded many things that I don't care for--she could be histrionic, and the rock arrangements she was using in the early '70s render her music from that era just about unlistenable. But at her best, singing the great compositions of Jobim, Gil, Nascimento, Jorge Ben and Ivan Lins, she bears comparison with the best pop singers of the century (she dressed just as weird as Aretha Franklin and seems to have been every bit as [messed]-up as Billie Holiday).

5-0 out of 5 stars Unabashedly romantic...and a slice of Heaven
As stated in my 'profile', this is one of my top 5 'stranded on a desert isle' recordings. In fact, though I wasn't stranded, this recording has made the island routes and made some friends for me who spoke different languages. The music on this recording has a universal language, though all the lyrics are in Portugese. The language is Love. The previous reviews say most of what I would have - but anyone who loves Elis and Tom must find (or buy) the Jobim compilation put together by Oscar Castro-Neves entitled "Antonio Carlos Jobim - The Man From Ipanema". On it you will find a rare treat or two. For instance, after the last track on the last CD (which is the Astrud Gilberto version of "Vivo Sohando"), unannounced in the notes or the discography, come 6 or 7 out-takes of Elis and Tom working on Aguas de Marco. It is at the same time revealing and hilarious. It is a glimpse into the fun and the personalities of both Regina and Jobim. Also included is the track "Bonita" which does not appear on this recording. Somewhat wickedly, Astrud is placed between Elis Regina or followed by her a few times just in case anyone really thinks she is a singer... I have heard this described as a musicians' recording, but judging by the number of reviews here and the comments, it appears that it is also a damn good listeners' recording as well. One last thing - if one were to be stranded on a desert island with this recording, if you played it loud enough you would not be stranded for long, trust me on this one.

5-0 out of 5 stars Timeless beauty
Superlatives do no good. I was going through the vinyl collection of a 60+ year old friend and stopped at this disc. Bob said he picked it up in Brazil back in the 70's and explained what a huge record it was back in that day. Well I borrowed it, slapped it on my SOTA and through the scratches came the most enchanting and genuine of sounds. Instant love. The charm and chemistry of the two is undeniable as you laugh along. Other parts set a mood that is pure romance and relaxation. I ran the record through ProTools and descratched it, only to find the CD release some months later. This a great soundtrack for a warm easy summer day or a cold urban winter night. Gentle, honest and affectionate music. Great for sharing. One of the all too rare true gems.

5-0 out of 5 stars The album all Brazilians own
Locals consider Elis Regina the most gifted Brazilian singer ever. She died too soon, in 1980. Tom Jobim is one of the creators of Bossa Nova and the conductor that made the genre famous worldwide. This combination alone would make this CD remarkable. But there's more. A lot more.

Elis was in her top shape in 1974 when the CD was recorded. The arrangements are subtle, delicate. Jobim's piano is sublime here. The recording is flawless, the textures, the tones, everything is crisp and present. Many takes are FIRST TAKES. The emotion was captured raw and sincere, very few overdubs were done.

A rare gem.

If you go to a Brazilian's home and browse through his/her CD collection, chances are this CD will be there. If you ask a musician from that country what are the top 10 albums ever, chances are this will be listed.

If you have to own ONE Brazilian CD, this should be it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Furacao
Elis, the little hurricane, had one of the most powerful singing voices--amazing range and acuity, and it's all on display on this record, because Jobim's compositions have an equally impressive range. Some of the arrangements are a little too "poppy" for my taste, but the electric organ works to great effect on a tune like "So tinha de ser pra voce." And everyone is familiar with the version of "Aguas de Marco"--the very structure of the lyrics allows Elis and Tom's voices to engage in a sinuous cat-and-mouse game. By the end of the song, they are simply singing out disconnected syllables, both under the spell of the music. "Triste" is given a nice turn, though the guitar solo at the end doesn't quite fit. Elis lets it all go on one of Jobim's quintessential ballads, "Retrato em Branco e Preto", Tom very tasteful on the piano behind her. All in all, a little syrupy, yes, but it can be forgiven because it was the 70s, and syrup was everywhere. ... Read more

6. Astrud Gilberto's Finest Hour
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Back in the days of "yore" of the sixties I heard this song "The Girl From Ipanema". It was so different from everything else that was being played on pop radio that you had to take notice. It has become Astrud's identifying theme song. . . she "is" the girl from Ipanema now for all time.
Then I never did "hear" Astrud on the radio again. I found this album and remembered her voice and the "feel" of that first song. I also found a song title on the CD which I had been searching for a long long time: "Wish Me A Rainbow" - this was the musical theme from the Natalie Wood movie, 'This Property Is Condemned"! I had to buy this CD! -- I was not disappointed, in fact I was amazed and enthralled by the song selections and by Astrud's "purrrfect" delivery of each track. She can change from the classic "bossa nova" style she has made her own as on "So Nice" and "Fly Me To The Moon", and "Crickets Sing For Anamaria".
Then she can change to make your eyes tear-up when she sings, "Trains and Boats and Planes" or "I'm Nothing Without You".
She sings a truly marvellous rendition of the Fleetwoods' "Come Softly To Me/Hushabye (she added the Hushabye). Most enjoyable.
Thank you Astrud Gilberto for all the great music you have made and left on recordings for posterity. . . and the music you are still making and recording. This album will be treasured by me and by many for a long long time. Great stuff here!

5-0 out of 5 stars 20 Great songs on 1 CD !
How many compilation c.d.'s by Astrud Gilberto did it take before one can say that this is "The finest hour" by the living legend Bossa Nova singer Astrud Gilberto ? She is "The Girl from Ipanema", and when you ever heard her, you'll never forget her crystal clear and relaxing voice ! This compilation is a very good one, because it contains songs from most of her Verve albums, even her latest one together with James last. The very special thing to this c.d. is that they added 3 rare songs. One of them "Who needs forever" from the movie "The Deadly Affair" has been rereleased already on the soundtrack c.d.", but songs like "Wish me a rainbow" and Come softly to me" only appeared so far on 45rpm vinyl singles or e.p.'s. I can highly recommend this c.d. to Astrud Gilberto collectors as well as admirers who want to have at least one of her c.d.'s in their collection, if that is the case than this one should be added to your collection. No doubt about that !

4-0 out of 5 stars I like Astrud
I love Astrud's voice. In response to:ipanema? written on March 23,2004-The guy sings the song in Portuguese in the beginning of the song. Astrud comes in after that and sings the song in English. Amazon should have linked the sample on Astrud's part.

5-0 out of 5 stars I LOVE her voice
she is the best. there is no other sexy romantic singer like astrud gilberto.

I even listen to her while bbqing. get this cd



3-0 out of 5 stars ipanema?
When I click on the listen sample for 'Girl from Ipanema' I hear Joao Gilberto's version (sung in portugeuese). While I don't want to get into a debate about which is a better (or more politically accepted) version, I just want to get the female sung version of this song that came out in the 60's or 70's. Is that the version on this album and amazon just linked the listen feature to the other version? ... Read more

7. Brazilian Duos
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5-0 out of 5 stars Nuclear Bosa Nova
Ms. Souza sings with a great deal of panache.
She has amazing technique and style. She can be
percussive or lyrical which ever is needed. She
has a wide color palette from which to choose and
her choices are always musical. In short, she is
a fantastic musician. The song selection is super
and the guitarists are dynamite.

1-0 out of 5 stars Smooth bossa
This album seems to aim for a smooth jazz audience. Better, for a smooth bossa audience. But Souza is no charming Astrud Gilberto, sorry. The arrangements are so poor...One of the guitarists (Romero Lubambo) sounds nice, but Mr. Walter Santos is not in good shape, and a third one has no swing. People interested in first-class vocal/guitar duos by Brazilian artists should look for the Eliezeth Cardoso/Raphael Rabello, and Paulo Belinatti/Monica Salsamaso collaborations.

5-0 out of 5 stars Oh My God!
this is one awesome CD! I can't get over the guitar playing, while her voice and presence are simply superb... amazing indeed!

5-0 out of 5 stars A gorgeous acoustic album
A beautiful acoustic album which draws songs from sources as varied as Luiz Gonzaga, Edu Lobo, Dorival Caymmi and Jacob do Bandolim, a fine mix of jazz and traditional Brazilian sensibilities. The duets are between Paulista singer Luciana Souza and the guitars of Romero Lubambo, Marco Pereira and Souza's father, composer Walter Santos. Souza is a striking vocalist whose clarity of tone brings to mind other Brazilian singers such as Joyce or Clara Nunes, although with a clarity of purpose that makes this album all her own. Each guitarist in his turn proves a sympathetic foil to Ms. Souza's honied voice... A lovely, wonderfully controlled and expressive set of songs -- highly recommended!

5-0 out of 5 stars Love or Hate at the first sight- For me, it is love.
This one of my favorite Brazilian CDs released in Year 2001. I have recommended to more than 10 music lovers, and every one of them loves it. The previous reviewer tried to compare Ms. Souza to Joyce, and the three guitarists to the great Joao Gilberto. His/her attempt is like comparing Flan to Tiramisu, not making much sense.

I own most albums from of Joao Gilberto to say that Joao uses his guitar to accompany his voice, not as a solo instrument. In this album, duo means guitar is equally important in making the sound. Ms. Souza¡¦s father Walter Santos is old. You can hear the stiffness of his hands. Even though, he has assisted her daughter with good taste. The other two guitarists Romero Lubambo and Marco Pereira have established themselves in many of their own albums in groups or in solo. The creativity, virtuosity, and energy from those two guitar masters are incredible.

Most songs in this album were carried out with exquisite details, with just simply Ms. Souza and a guitarist at a time. Unlike some big volume Jazz singers who love to use strong vibrato, Ms. Souza cleverly mixed a soft Bossa Nova like voice with an improvosative Jazz easiness. Not many singers are capable of doing this, and Ms. Souza did a wonderful job married those two cultures. This may be because she was raised in Brasil and studied/lived in New York City that she get used to both two music styles.

The recording of this album is audiophile level. I use this album to test new audio equipments for my home system upgrade. Mr. Pereira's 8 string guitar is especially well-recorded by a team in Brasil. 1/3 of this album (with Mr. Lubambo) is recorded in US, and the voice is smoother with slightly reduced dynamics. This album is not aimed to be a concert for 10000 people in a football stadium, shouting and yelling. This is for people who enjoy a small lounge with a few tables. If you have good sound system and good taste, you will appreciate this CD.

"Brazilian Duos" has a magic power to induce the deepest emotion from your heart. Love or hate is almost instantly. Whether you are a Jazz fan, pop music goer, or Bossa Nova philes, I highly recommend this album to you. You will hate it, or most likely love it at your first listening. ... Read more

8. On a Starry Night
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The party line on most Windham Hill products seems to be that it's either the greatest stuff since wave machines, or that it all sounds alike. On a Starry Night, with its collection of world songs and reputable artists such as Flora Purim, Airto Moreira, the Turtle Island String Quartet, and others, does lean toward a seamlessly understated, homogeneous quality that is broken only occasionally by Bobby McFerrin's piece and a couple of others. That said, there can hardly be a more mellow or sonorous album of kid's music anywhere. Starry Night could calm a nursery with no nurses; why, it could even soothe the pained yelps at the dog pound--and turn a freeway full of bumper-to-bumper sour pusses into pussycats. Effective? You've heard of mind control, haven't you? --Martin Keller ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars gentle music for children and adults
I believe that music is a powerful and innate force in our lives, so I bought a number of CDs geared toward children when I gave birth. Most were harmless enough, many became tiresome after a while .... this CD still gets played regularly at our house after three years.

International artists play and sing old favorites as well as songs new to us, but even the old favorites (Rock-a-bye-baby, Brahms Lullaby) are performed in engaging ways which renew their interest. Heaven knows, I am not one to seek out Kumbaya, but I even like that song here! Seventeen songs are presented from the US, Japan, Indonesia, Brazil, Ireland, Congo, Ghana, Cuba, Iceland, Israel, England, Russia and Germany. Some are sung, most are instrumental. All are very beautiful and soothing. The CD booklet contains a paragraph about each song with performance credits, original words and translation.

A remarkably soothing collection of lullabies.

5-0 out of 5 stars Will definitely become one of your favorites!!
This CD is beautiful and so soothing. It really does give you a dreamy effect. It's good for the soul! We use it for bedtime music for our 4yr old, and not only does she love it, but we love it. I am so glad I found this CD. It raises the standard of what good lullaby compilations should sound like. First Class music, indeed. Don't hesitate if you're looking for good music for nightime or even a relaxing break in the day for your little ones-this is an excellent choice.

5-0 out of 5 stars Soothing, dreamy music!
I just had to write a review of this cd. It was recommended to me by another mother, and I tried it and love it! We like to listen to it in the living room as nap time approaches, nursing with the lights dimmed. With the fan going and this cd on quietly, both momma and baby start drifting off to sleep. It's absolutely wonderful, and I recommend it to anyone who needs some instant R&R.

5-0 out of 5 stars Your Baby Will Love This CD
We were given "Starry Night" as a gift when our son was born 21 months ago. It is one of the best gifts we have received as he has been sleeping to this CD from day one. The minute we turn the CD on and dim the lights he knows that it's time to sleep - whether it's for a nap in the afternoon or after a long day of running around.

We love this CD so much that both sets of in-laws bought it for our son...

5-0 out of 5 stars Most relaxing compilation of music I've ever heard
This CD is a must-have! My 9-month-old puts her head on my shoulder to drift off to sleep as soon as she hears the first tune - no matter the time of day. She is always asleep before the end of the second track (the delicate, almost haunting Japanese Music Box) and I'm consistently teary by the end of the third (in English it's known as "Go to Sleep" - the lyrics will make any parent's heart ache with love for your child). It even gets the three- and four-year-olds to sleep in my older daughter's preschool class. What would really be great is if massage therapists would play this CD instead of that babbling brook, new age stuff - now THAT would be worth $100. ... Read more

9. Solo in Rio 1959
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Luiz Bonfá, along with Antonio Carlos Jobim, Baden Powell and Joao Gilberto, helped invent Brazilian Bossa Nova. "The whisper heard around the world" was budding during the 1950s but achieved full flower a decade later. It was a coolly intellectual yet irresistibly melodic marriage of African-derived samba rhythms with American jazz and French Existentialism. Bonfá eventually became world-famous due to his contributions to the score of Orfeo Negro, a much-honored film in which the tragic Greek legend was transmuted to Rio during Carnival time. The present tracks were produced by Emory Cook and this invaluable reissue not only revives a beautiful album but contains 15 previously unreleased tunes. The sonic environment is clear and spacious throughout, uncluttered by unnecessary studio adulterations. Bonfá was not a great singer but his wistful, straight-from-the-heart delivery makes mere technique seem showy and overdone. However, as a guitarist, he had no superiors and few peers. --Christina Roden ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous recording !
(...)The quality of the recording is just as amazing.All too frequently, you have to settle for a poor quality recording for 40 or 50 year old performances.The depth and clarity of this recording makes it sound like Sr. Bonfa is right in the room with me.This is an all around great performance.

5-0 out of 5 stars Buona Bonfa
I've just listened to it once, but this CD, like the music Luiz Bonfa composed, is immediately accessible.Encumbered neither by other musicians, nor "effects", we hear Bonfa just as he must have sounded when he sat and played in a very natural, relaxed venue.His technique (including "devices" such as the bush stroke that, if he didn't invent or develop, cannot be used better by any other guitarist with whom I'm familiar) allows him to focus on creating completely authentic music.
This is also an historically interesting CD, with an excellent booklet which provides a great deal of pertinent information about an artist who really deserves much more attention by those who discuss the great acoustic (or classical/ nylon-string) guitarists of the 20th century.
And the best part of the whole package is:the music!!
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10. Jazz Samba Encore!
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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Greatest Albums Ever Created ie. a masterpiece
Luiz Bonfa's playing is as beautiful as Stan Getz's playing is as good as Maria Toledo's singing. After several years I still can't get over how good these three are, and how beautiful each arrangement is - Antonio Carlos Jobim lent a hand with the arrangements and also appears on several tracks playing the piano in his distinct and most singinglike way. There are upbeat sambas as well as some incredibly moving slower tracks. Their version of "Insensatez" is, without doubt, the most beautiful ever recorded.

It's such a treat to hear such wonderful music!

Both Stan Getz and Luiz Bonfa as masterful "singers" of their instruments. Everything they play on this album is singable; and I give you my personal guarantee that they will give you goose bumps, make your eyes water, spine tingle. Maria Toledo's voice is one of a kind - powerful, with a dark but sensitive tone.

Writing these things now as I ponder the effect "Jazz Samba Encore" has had on me, I realise that I am in love with the album. Everything I could and would say about it will be written from the perspective of one dizzy and confused by his emotions. It is impossible for me to retain a cool, unaffected tone in my writing because of my feelings for the album. As a result, I risk hyperbole and sickly attempts to poeticize upon what really speaks for itself - sample the music, keeping in mind that the initial beauty that strikes you will continue as you come to know the album better and the subtleties reveal themselves. Everyone who hears this album loves this album.

5-0 out of 5 stars It will haunt you forever.
'Jazz Samba Encore' is a more muted affair than its predecessors 'Jazz Samba' and 'Big Band'. Although featuring both men, the emphasis is more on Luiz Bonfa than Antonio Carlos Jobim, and Bonfa's songs 'lack' Jobim's pop instincts, favouring a restrained, more groove-based effect, which can be quietly intoxicating, Getz's melancholy sax contributing to the mood. Even more upbeat songs like 'So Danco Samba', despite its title, are more of a late night shuffle than a beach monster.

The effect can be largely attributed to singer Maria Toledo, whose strangely disembodied voice haunts the songs. She is rarely the focus, floating in and out of the background like a presiding ghost. Even in a song she clearly dominates, such as 'Insensatez', a phantosmagoric quality makes her vanish into the precious sadness of this song which, with Jobim's understated, unbearably poignant piano, is surely the most beautiful ever written.

5-0 out of 5 stars grbouder56
This is just what the title implies. ENCORE. Great Jazz Samba music for listening.

5-0 out of 5 stars Magical Mystery Tour
A fella from Madrid (I'm above 13 years):
I think Sgt. Peppers; Ziggy Stardust, ............and Jazz Samba Encore! are a must have. Luiz Bonfa's solos takes your heart and Getz fills all the amazing space. Smoke something, fix yourself a drink and
enjoy the Magical Mystery Tour.

5-0 out of 5 stars A MUST have Master Piece
This album should get a rating of 6 in the scale of 5. Is incredible how a guitar, a saxophone can make exquisite harmony with the addition of just percussion and a bass. Master Bossa Nova masters Luiz Bonfa and Stan Getz leave a great legacy no other instrumental album in the history of Bossa Nova has done.

If you are a Bossa Nova, Jazz or guitar afficionado, this is a must have album. Luiz Bonfa, the one and only player that "makes a guitar sound like and orchetra by itself", proves to the world that he is indeed has earned the respect of his peers as the "one and only". I guarantee you, once you listen to this album, you will be looking for Luiz Bonfa music all over. I did.

And for Stan Getz, can someone else make a sax create moods of happiness, melancoly, sadness etc...

The combo of Getz and Bonfa is an incredible harmony of one master speaking to the other via their instruments.

I have heard nearly all Bossa Nova music and others alike. I highly recommend this album. Once you listen to it, you will be listening to it over and over. The guitar improvisation will make you think, "how in the world can someone play like this". And you will then be writing the next review like me in here. ... Read more

11. Bossa Nova Brasil
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4-0 out of 5 stars Good Bossa Nova and MPB
I picked this up several years ago, and what a great disc this is. It's got some old classics on it and some pretty rare tracks too. At the time I picked it up, this was actually a series. There is another cd titled: "Samba Brasil" that has a similar cover, but is white and green.

The artists on this are fantastic. From Gal Costa do Vinicius De Moraes, you're taken on a real trip through some of the classics in Brazilian music. Perhaps most interesting and stellar of which is the Elis Regina only vocal of Waters of March. It has such an innocent sound! Carlos Lyra's "Influencia Do Jazz" will take you to a beach in the late 60's, and Baden Powell's Consolacao has that rich acoustic sound I've grown up with and love. And check out Joao Gilberto's song here along with Gal Costa's tracks... She's a VERY underrated singer IMO. But this CD isn't without fault. The sound quality can be suspect on some tracks, and a song or two weren't what I would have selected from the musicians here. (You can find "Aguas De Beber" and "Girl from Ipanema" on virtually every compilation.

Still I would have to recommend this. It's not that expensive, and out of most of the Bossa Nova/MPB samplers, this is one of the better ones IMO. For the make of Samba De Bencao, Elis Regina, Baden Powell, Tamba Trio (who did the wildly successful take of "Mas Que Nada" that featured in the 1998 World Cup commercial with Brazilian footballers in an airport) and the others... good tunes. Also check out Nova Bossa Nova - a companion piece to "Red Hot & Rio". There is some overlap, but the other version of Baden Powell's cut on that comp is better than this one IMO. Maybe also check out Bossa Nova Gold, a two disc set of MPB and Bossa Nova.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wish I could Give It 6 Stars
One of my all time favorite discs! A great introduction for this style of Brazilian music. Romantic beyond belief!

5-0 out of 5 stars Uplifting afternoon music
Put this on as a soundtrack for the perfect afternoon. It will bring summer to winter, yet cool off a sultry August day. There are other more comperhensive reviews here, and it was by reading them that I bought this. I am happy I did!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to bossa nova
This great introduction to Bossa Nova couldn't be a better value-for-money. Sampling from each of the major trends in the genre, _Bossa Nova Brasil_ will turn the mildest curiosity in the rhythms into a genuine interest. This is great I-just-got-off-work-and-I've-got-a-date-in-an-hour music. Put it on in your car to unwind and enjoy the ride. Or throw open your windows on a spring day and celebrate the change of seasons. Or share it with someone you love to dance embarrassingly unwell with. Whatever you do, though, give bossa nova a try, and trust that this collection will be an excellent way to start.

5-0 out of 5 stars A stick a stone...
Great compilation with great artists; it reminds you of a sunset beach in Brasil. Elis Regina's solo origanal of Waters of March is timeless and Leila Pinheiro's Pra Iluminar is one of the smoothest sambas I had ever heard. Other artists don't disappoint. A must have for any Bossa Nova collection. ... Read more

12. Morelenbaum (2)/Sakamoto: Casa (Tribute to Jobim)
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"Casa" is the Portuguese word for "house." It's also the title of this melodic and moving tribute to Antonio Carlos Jobim by the Oscar® and Grammy award-winning pianist-composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, Brazilian cellist Jaques Morelenbaum, and his vocalist wife, Paula. The Morelenbaums, who cofounded Quarteto Jobim-Morelenbaum, both worked with the maestro, and almost all of the tracks here were recorded in Jobim's Rio home. The CD contains fluid and florid renditions of bossa nova-era classics from the Jobim canon, from "Amor em Paz"--with Jobim's son Paulo on guitar--and "Bonita" to "Vivo Sonhando." It also unveils rare songs like "Chanson pour Michelle," a short and sweet composition written for a soap opera, and a never-before-heard work, "Tema para Ana," an intimate piano/cello duet. Sakamoto's spare and splendid pianisms ring from Jobim's piano. Morelenbaum's singing cello tones complement his wife's angelic Portuguese and English vocals. Together this talented trio--with occasional accompaniment by percussionist Marcos Suzano, guitarist Luiz Brasil, vocalist Ed Motta, and bassist Zeca Assumpçao--beautifully exposes the French influences of Satie, Ravel, and Chopin in Jobim's music. --Eugene Holley, Jr. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Morellenbaum 2/ Sakamoto: Casa
Wonderful CD with the "traditional" Brasilian music of Jobim being interpreted by the superb voice of Paula Morelenbaum.
The piano music by Ryuichi Sakamoto adds further value to this unique musical experience which is even to be described as being more impressive than the original Jobim versions of the songs. To be highly recommended !!

5-0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER GEM...
...and I was sure that the Morelenbaums couldn't easily top their previous album (QUARTETO JOBIM-MORELENBAUM). This new release finds Paula and Jacques joined by the amazingly talented Japanese pianist Ryuichi Sakamoto -- and if you think that's an inappropriate addition, wait until you hear this beautiful recording. Sakamoto's work has long been considered some of the best around -- his soundtracks alone are enough to cement his place in music's hall of hallows -- and his creativity and sensitivity are well-spent on these tunes by Brazil's legendary songwriting master, Antonio Carlos Jobim.

Paula's vocals are stunning in their emotion and loveliness, and Jaques' cello is perfect in every way. There are several notable 'guests' on the recording as well: Paulo Jobim, a member of the aforementioned Quarteto, adds his tasteful guitar work; Ed Motta duets with Paula on vocals on one track; Luiz Brasil is along on guitar; Zeca Assumpcao delivers on bass; and the astonishing (but never overpowering) touches of Marcos Suzano on percussion complete the mix.

My only (minor) complaint about the track selections is the inclusion of the final track, a live improvisation. While it showcases the imaginations and musical telepathy shared by Jaques and Ryuichi, it's a little cacophonous for the rest of the material -- but it's definitely not enough to compel me to drop my rating of this fine recording below its well-deserved 'five stars'.

5-0 out of 5 stars Quaint and Suffusive
Real musicians, real instruments, and an untraditional studio.

This combination should excite jazz and lounge enthusiasts around the globe. Jobim may not be Ennio Morricone, but the man understood the art of aurally soothing the listener, something that the Morelenbaums and Sakamoto have been perfecting with their prospective instruments (and voices) their entire lives.

Ryuichi Sakamoto is the perfect aural ergonomic asset to this album. I cannot think of a single pianist more fitting to contribute to such a subtle and delicate album. Sakamoto is known for his abilities on the piano as a conjurer of intense emotion, yet not done in the brazen art of forte. Sakamoto, who some may consider is just short of minimalism, does not dominate this cd with irritating displays of technical proficiency, or dominate the sound-scape with ill placed notes or themes. Rather his poignant contributions hold much more beauty in their simplicity, his notes lingering and welling with copasetic peace; the other instruments responding and breathing together.

Fotografia is my fav. song on this cd. The intro is melodic and intriguing, giving way to partial thematic variances and soft pseudo-improv as the different players interact.

This cd is definitely down-tempo. It does not need to be degraded into the genres of easy listening or chill-out, but rather takes its seat with other jazz and lounge masterpieces with equally impressive instrumental execution as the aural designer, Jobim's themes.

This collection of pieces is a washing, soothing masterpiece filled with a powerful sound/light interface that evokes only sunlight and feelings on contentment. Find the one you love, something to drink, and an afternoon or evening to spend with this cd.

5-0 out of 5 stars Definitive Bossa Nova CD
I became an instant Jobim fan back in high school, while riding the bus to band practice one breezy Saturday
afternoon. The song was "The Girl From Impanema", not on this CD. From that moment on I relished
bossa nova. I have numerous CD's/Books on Jobim's music. This CD "Casa" is the apex of all
interpretations of Jobim's music. The one thing I regret is not watching Jobim perform at the
Hollywood Bowl, "Casa" makes up for the missed opportunity. This CD is simply beautiful.

5-0 out of 5 stars Exquisite
Wow! 5stars is inadequate to describe this recording! As a lover & performer of most musics from folk, funk & Faure, to Bach, Brubeck & of course Brazilian, I have to say this is THE most beautiful, inspirational, delightful disc I own. The blend of composer/performers/location/production has woven an element into this recording that I can only describe as magic - something very special has happened here! I could rave on with a long list of superlatives, but none could do justice to this gorgeous collection of soul-transporting music. Out of a collection that must be in excess of 1500 CDs, 'Casa' is, without doubt, No.1 on my desert island disc list! ... Read more

13. Concord Records SACD Sampler 1 (Multichannel Hybrid SACD)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great demo disk
Fantastic disk with which to demo your SACD audio system. Start with Clooney, which has the original mono sound through the center channel and watch the reactions when it broadens to a modern 5.1 version. Then play 'Watermelon Man'. Jaws will drop. ... Read more

14. Antonio Carlos Jobim's Finest Hour
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While Antonio Carlos Jobim is an essential figure in the music of Brazil, he also created a significant place for himself in American music as a great songwriter and a key figure in the tremendous popularity of bossa nova. Apart from his unique melodic gift, what makes Jobim's work memorable is the complexity of mood he could evoke--the touch of sadness that colors the brightest bossa nova, the irony in the midst of joy, and the mixture of delicacy and resilience in his voice and piano. He was an artist who worked primarily in pastels, but it was his sense of shadows that gave his work its most enduring qualities. Including his most famous tunes and collaborators--like "The Girl from Ipanema" with Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto--Jobim's Finest Hour catches it all, from the standard-bearers to such gems as the playful "Aguas de Marco."--Stuart Broomer ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Antonio Carlos Jobim's Finest Hour
This cd compilation by Jobim has it all.Bosso nova,beautiful music(easy listening elevator music)and even some jazz.Jobim plays the piano on all 17 and sings on some tracks.Claus Ogerman does the lush background music as well as Eumir Deodato.There are 2 versions of the girl from impenema on this cd.The one on track 1 is done vocally by Astrud Gilberto and Jobim.The one on track 11 is done instrumentally.Jobim actually had 4 versions of this song but only 2 are included hear.The lush tracks are really beautiful and make it sound like you are listening to an beautiful music station in fact Jobim was played a lot on beautiful music stations in the 60's,70's and 80's.Hear is a more thural info on tracks.

1)The Girl From Impenema-Vocals by Jobim and Astrud Gilberto.They actually played this version by Jobim on Vegas Vacation when Chevy Chase and Beveraly Deangelo was on the plane going to Las Vegas.

2)Desafinado-Vocal Jobim


4)Agua De Beber-Instrumental Lush

5)O Morro Nao Tem Vez(aka Favela)-Instrumental Lush

6)Insensatez-Instrumental Lush

7)Samba De Una Note So-Lush Instrumental

8)Mediatation-Instrumental Lush This song got a lot of play on beautiful music stations from Jobim and other artist as well.

9)Chega De Saudade-Instrumental Lush

10)Wave-Instrumental Lush

11)The Girl From Impenema-Instrumental Lush I heard this version on a beautiful music station in Atlanta GA WPCH in the 80's before they changed to soft rock.

12)Remember-Bossa Nova,Jazz,Latin

13)Un Rancho Nas Nuvens-Instrumental Lush

14)Aqueas De Marco-Vocals by Jobim and Elis Regina

15)Inutil Paisagem-Vocals by Jobim and Elis Regina

16)Passarim-Vocal by Jobim with strings and woodwinds

17)Looks Like December-Vocal by Jobim.

This is a relaxing cd to put on if you like beautiful music,latin and bossa nova.I recommend Jobim in addition to other artist like Percy Faith,John Fox,Melachrino Strings,Mantovani,Frank Chacksfield,101 Strings,Walter Wanderly,the Hollyridge Strings and others.

5-0 out of 5 stars Still smouldering. . .
Some of this stuff is actually some pretty hokey 70's elevator music, but if you're looking for finesse, stop the boat here. Jobim lamented the popularity of "The Girl from Ipanema" once ("A guy writes a thousand songs," he said, "and people only remember him for one"), but it's still in a league of its own, like "Corcovado" and "Agua de Beber". And like all those kinky Latin ... queens of the 60s, Astrud Gilberto lingers on like smouldering embers of ... on a faraway beach -- even though the sound here is occasionally kind of boxed-in.

1-0 out of 5 stars Perfect cure for insomnia
The fact that a lot of people have already said that these track are ideal as background music should tell you something. I agree with them because the middle tracks sound a lot like muzak. If that is what you are looking for, this CD is for you. I bought this CD about a month ago and I've played it exactly once. I'm thinking about giving it a second chance and listening to it on my commute to work. However, I'm afraid I might fall asleep and drive off a cliff. There are a lot of good Bossa Nova cds out there. Don't waste your money on this one.

5-0 out of 5 stars Antonio Carlos, you are the stuff! (Wherever you are!)
The late Antonio Carlos Jobim was certainly one the most innovative musicians of our time. He gave us something else to live by and for. I suggest to everyone who is feeling somewhat troubled, to put this CD on and listen to "Aguas de marco"(Waters of March). The playfulness displayed by Jobim and Elis Regina is bound to make you smile. ALso the classic Girl from Ipanema with that beautiful voice of his.... Uf! something else! What are you waiting for? go and get this album!

5-0 out of 5 stars Dark Skies, Bright Stars in Brazil
JOBIM struck once again the strings in my heart with this album. Listen to his natural melodic voice in "Looks Like December" and his orquestration in "Passarim". Clearly one can acknowledge his brilliance in writing great ballads and music. ANTHONY CARLOS JOBIM is talented and will always be an inspiration for musicians all over the world. Great musicians will forever be in our life and memory. ... Read more

15. Verve Unmixed 2
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5-0 out of 5 stars The price is right
Why can't more CD's be priced like this fine offering from the Verve vaults?
For the cost of a couple of gallons of gasoline this music will take you further and you'll get plenty of mileage out of these classics. Beginning with the Carnegie Hall live recording by Dizzy Gillespie of "Manteca" in 1961, this disc will either take you down memory lane or set you on a new path of jazz discovery. Jazz means many different things to many different people, often discredited as being too cerebral or just plain high music, jazz often gets a bad rap. There is no clear definition because like many other genres there are many sub categories. Within the broad context of jazz this disc is diversified . Several great songbirds are featured including the marvelous, so nice the used here twice, Nina Simone, Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald(two songs too), Betty Carter and Astrud Gilerto. Unlike the remixed versions featured on "Verve/Remixed 2," the complete songs display the full spectrum and range of depth of some these artists. For example, Nina Simone's vocals on "Sinnerman"show the gospell influenced style more clearly than on the remixed version and her piano skills are demonstrated along with her jazz interaction with other instrumentalists. It is a thing of beauty. The live version of "Brother , Where Are You"? by Oscar Brown Jr. has the passion of the Civil Rights movement, a slow swagerring, gritty song that builds momentum as the audience claps along joining the artist in unison in approval of his message. "Blues For Brother George Jackson"(check your history) fits the mold of what most non jazz people think of as jazz with it's multiple horns led by Archie Shepp with yet another Civil Rights era song. I would be remiss without mentioning the exceptional Latin influenced songs by Cal Tjader and Willie Bobo entitled "Soul Sauce" and "Fried Neck Bones and Some Home Fries" respectively. These two songs alone are worth the price of admission. It is worth comaparing the versions to the remixed versions to fully appreciate both the originals and the great job with the new interpretations. Recommended as is but even more so as a companion to the remixed versions. A super compilation for traditional jazz fans or those interested in the roots of "Verve Remixed /2."

5-0 out of 5 stars Real Value for Money!
Even if you only liked two or three of the tracks here, you'd still be getting a great deal for your money. That said, every track here is a winner and it's easy to see why these were picked for remixing on Volume 2. Virtually all of them feature wonderful percussion, which usually translates into arresting remix sounds (like the mighty Six Degrees Records roster!). If you don't own any Nina Simone, start right here with the mighty 10 minute "Sinnerman," used to dazzling effect in the "Thomas Crown Affair." Her "Black is..." shows us what a unique talent she was. As far as Volume 3 goes, it will interesting to see if Verve ever gives the OK for some remixes of Getz, Bird or the mighty Trane. Perhaps people are scared to touch those, but regardless of your position of remixing, Verve Unmixed 2 is the perfect present to get for someone, especially if you're CHEAP!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Verve Unmixed - the Sequel.
"Verve Unmixed 2" is the companion CD to "Verve Remixed 2," in which a handful of dance DJs successfully revamp several jazz classics. Here, each track appears in its pure original version, giving the listener a tour through some of the genre's most respected artists. The album kicks off with the infectious bite of Dizzy Gillespie's "Manteca," which sets the tone for the rest of the album. Ella Fitzgerald's "Slap That Bass" and Ramsey Lewis' "Do You Wanna" stand out pretty well, while Cal Tjader's stunning "Soul Sauce (Guachi Guaro)" is a timeless fusion of traditional jazz and Latin flavor. Another winner is the beautifully piano-laced "Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair," which features Nina Simone's voice in all its aching glory. There isn't much more for me to say, as the music really speaks for itself. If you already have "Verve Remixed 2," it would be foolish to pass on this release which not only has the original versions but also one of the most impressive tracklistings I've seen on any compilation.

5-0 out of 5 stars More classics
This follow-up disc is every bit a great as the first. Do not let the low price scare you into thinking it's something less than high quality. A must have and those unfamiliar with the Verve label will both enjoy that this music is BACK!!!! ... Read more

16. Sounds from the Verve Hi-Fi
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Get ready for your jazz education. These virgin, unremixed tracks taken from the 1960s Verve vaults were a major influence on Thievery Corporation's Rob Garza and Eric Hilton years before they spun epic documents like TheMirror Conspiracy. Their time capsule is a bubbling, Brazilian soul-jazz blast, starting with the sensuous "Menina Flor" by Stan Getz and Luis Bonfa. Jimmy Smith's "Road Song" is a classic of '60s hard bop, while Kenyon Hopkins's "Hard Latin" shows the kind of groovy organ jazz that was popular in bars from Philly to hot 'Lanta. Things go left with Cal Tjader's "The Fakir," a day-glo Middle Eastern track influenced by Coltrane's "My Favorite Things," while Astrud Gilberto pulls a Nancy Sinatra on another freaky standout, "Light My Fire." Walter Wanderley, Wynton Kelly, Chico Hamilton, and Elis Regina also light up the night, along with your hi-fi. --Ken Micallef ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Oh, you poor hipsters!!!
When Mad Professor remixed Massive Attack's "Protection," there was a rush to grab up the Professor's solo material. You could hear the shouts of horrified hipsters everywhere as REGGAE wafted out of the speakers! Something tells me that something similar might occur with this CD.

"Sounds from the Verve Hi Fi" is a collection of semi-obscure easy listening/bossa-nova/jazz from the record collection (are all of their records on Verve? Hmmm...) of Eric Hilton and Roberto Garza, Thievery Corporation to you. NO, it's not set to BEATS, and there is NOTHING SAMPLED. The music here is original and occasionally raw...this is the real thing! Standouts include "Ogd" (anything by Jimmy Smith is a worthy purchase), "Light My Fire" as interpreted by Astrud Gilberto and Wynton Kelly puts in an appearance with "Escapade."

The verdict? Everything on here is great, but it's no place to start your jazz collection. This is not the complex or spiritual stuff like Miles or Mingus. However, it goes down quite nicely with a decadent Polynesian cocktail and that lil' special someone...

4-0 out of 5 stars What's Old Is New Again...
Bossa Nova, Jazz, Reggae and Lounge-Pop are what the Thievery Corporation is all about. The resurrection of the downtempo-lounge movement of recent years is a reflection of the original musical craze of 30-35 years ago. It is nice to see that artists such as Willie Bobo, the Gilbertos, Stan Getz, Sergio Mendes, and other artists that my parents grooved to, have now come full circle for a new generation. Although this music may sound a bit dated to those born after 1985, those who can appreciate music before the MTV age can chill out with a cool drink and some headphones, stereo lounge chair optional. This CD is a nice tribute compilation of various artists and gives us an idea of TC's inspirational roots.

5-0 out of 5 stars Can't get enough!
I first heard this compilation in the Pacific Restaurant in Dublin. I asked the server for the name of the CD and ordered it right away. I'm a boomer and was heavily into the "Top 10". Finally, I've matured beyond that. Thievery has done a great job of placing the music so that it flows along. The instrumentals are catchy enough to linger in your head and complex enough to engage you in multiple listenings. First rate. I'm ordering this for my daughter!

5-0 out of 5 stars Swiging Soundtrack for Futuristic Lounge Lizards...
Theivery Corp. digs in the past and gives you a taste of the future too. Excellent for making pitchers of martinis!

5-0 out of 5 stars Smooth...
Smoooth... The most delicate tunes for true romance. Must have music. On your shelf proves that you are sophisticated person with TASTE. ... Read more

17. Woman on Top
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The soundtrack from Woman on Top, starring Madrid-born bombshell Penelope Cruz as the beauty and brains behind a popular cooking show, is the perfect introduction to the Brazilian sound--and just might live up to the label's promise that it's "destined to bring Bossa Nova music to the world" (though bossa nova has long been popular in the West, albeit in specialized circles). The highly listenable album features contemporary Brazilian artists such as singer-songwriter Lenine; pop-rocker and Joao Gilberto sound-alike Paulinho Moska; and the three-DJ collective Bossa Cuca Nova putting a new spin on a classic Geraldo Pereira tune. It also includes gems such as Maria Creuza and her delicately wavering voice, and guitarist Dori Caymmi performing one of his father's songs. Mellow yet upbeat, it's relaxation music that won't put you to sleep. --Jamie FitzGerald ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Just Magical
The movie doen't make justice to the soundtrack. I'm sorry but it doesn't. What makes the movie work is its background music. This is the most beautiful soundtrack that I have heard in my life. The music is sexy and beautiful. The songs get into your core and and heart. You just can't get tire of hearing them again and again.
Personnal favorite: Cinzas by Pulinho Moska. This song even if you don't understand its lyrics will bring tears to your eyes. The melancolic melody is just too much; and the sadness in Moska's voice is just haunting. And the lyrics are just marvelhosas.
I highly reccomend this sountrack, it's just right.

5-0 out of 5 stars Could this open the floodgates of Bossa Nova?
I sure hope so. Not being too familiar with the Bossa Nova style I can't offer much in the way of musical critique. All I can say is that I rushed out to buy this CD less than an hour after seeing the movie. "Woman On Top" was a virtual vacation for someone like myself who spends way too much time in front of a computer and not enough time seeing the world. Listening to these beautiful and romantic Brazilian songs is energizing for the mind and restores the soul. I am reminded of what Robin Williams said in "Dead Poets' Society" in which he praises 'medicine and law' as noble pursuits but 'poetry, music, and love' as being what we live for. "Woman On Top", both the movie and the CD, captures exactly that mood and frame of mind. I just hope that the popularity of this CD will help bring more of the Bossa Nova style music to an American audience that definitely needs to lighten up, relax, and enjoy life.

5-0 out of 5 stars splendid!
The soundtrack totally made up for whatever crap there was in the movie. I am just in love with this soundtrack. Do yourself a favour and get this piece of art.

VERY EXCELLENT MUSIC - After listening to this CD I grabbed my guitar and got lost in my own world, a world of pure imagination and feeling of intense bliss. At the age of seven I am already playing guitar. After 22 years, whenever I hold my a guitar my fingers automatically press the broken "A minor" key or chord and start playing "Corcovado" as Joao Giberto may translate "Quite Nights and Quite Stars" (I love "The Lettermen" version of it). When you really know how to play guitar, you can't deny that listening to BOSSA music will take your heart and soul immediately get suspended in rhythm with the guitar. Whoever chose the sound track for this movie is definitely a music lover.

I immediately got captivated with the music that mad me sit and watch the TV, I tried to memorize the sound track by humming the melody. I don't understand Portuguese but I simply think and feel that Brazilian music and language is mixed with charm, amorously sad and happy. I took a paper and pencil wrote down the movie title and sound track. Then I took my guitar and start playing with it, imitating the guitarist and trying to recollect the melody.

That's my world, all by my self. I live in a silent world filled with love with the kind of music defined by the sound track....from Marlon Segovia (e-mail:


5-0 out of 5 stars Three things for your TO DO NOW list ...
Watch the movie, go to dinner at a nearby Brazilian restaurant, come home and listen to the CD. Guaranteed: a magical night! ... Read more

18. Neruda
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5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing and masterfull
If you are not familiar with Pablo Neruda poetry this album will send you to the books section for a book of his poems.
If you don't know who Federico Monpou is this album will have you search for a recording of his "Song and Dances" masterpiece.
If you don't know who Luciana Souza is this album will introduce you to a great singer/musician/composer.
All the poems in the CD, with the music of Mompou and Souza translate into songs that tell stories of beauty and love.
Finally the pianist Ed Simon shines all over

5-0 out of 5 stars A musician among singers
Among so many vocalists today, Ms. Souza stands out for a multitude of reasons. From her beautiful and mature voice, to her outstanding choice of material for each one of her records, she stands head and shoulders above those artists which jazz writers and critics tend to write about endlessly for whatever reason.

Reinterpreting the work of Neruda, such a popular and visible poet had all the makings of a train wreck. But she pulls off the feat brilliantly, using her own compositions and the music of Federico Monpou to support Neruda words. Ed Simon's piano playing is great, and on two occasions on the record, Souza accompanies herself with jawdropping authority on udu and kalimba. This record is accessible as it is complex. I recommend it highly.

On Neruda, Lucuiana raises the bar for all those who wish to consider themselves jazz vocalists, or any derivation thereof. She's a musician and an artist with a complete command of the language of beauty.

1-0 out of 5 stars Pablo Neruda en INGLES
If you speak Spanish, you will be dismayed to hear how bland and shapeless his poems sound in English. Speaking of bland, the singing and music hear is dullsville. With so many great Brazilian singers, why not listen to some old Joao Gilberto, or Joao's daughter Bebel, or Marisa Monte or Caetano Veloso. If you want the poetry of Neruda, try reading it. This is a terrible combination of music and poetry.

5-0 out of 5 stars Soulful, relaxing, clearly beautiful...
It does seem that some people have a negative agenda because Souza chose to work with the poetry of Neruda. I own about 25 or so books of Neruda's poetry, so I don't have to say anything about what I think of his work, but it seems the "purist English geeks" have an issue with this production... My best guess -- from reading Neruda's memoirs and other stories about him -- is that Pablo would love it... as I do.
And if you've never heard Neruda's work, Luciana Souza's interpretations are heavenly. Well work every penny!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great 'art song/jazz'
Absolutely stunning, wonderful album IMO. I'm not always crazy about LS, but this one is a perfect balance between her voice,
Edward Simon's incisive piano and the magical words by Neruda-- even in translation. Only comparison to Norah Jones I see is that
there's an emphasis on quiet-- but NERUDA is at a whole different,better level I think. One of the great 'art song jazz' albums-- and I also like the incorporation of a few Mompou
melodies-- just the right nostalgic, 'simplified' Chopin touch.
So far in '04, my favorite album of the year in any genre. ... Read more

19. Bossa Nova for Lovers
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5-0 out of 5 stars Smooth, melodic, intimate
Outstanding collection of romantic tracks from the giants of Verve's roster. No surprises really among the selections, but who wants a jarring surprise in the middle of a romantic interlude? This set goes down so nicely it won't matter that you may have most these tracks in so many other anthologies.
Track listing :
1. Vivo Sonhando - Stan Getz And Joao Gilberto
2. Wave - Antonio Carlos Jobim
3. Shadow Of Your Smile - Astrud Gilberto
4. Corcovado (Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars) - Stan Getz And Laurindo Almeida
5. My Foolish Heart - Astrud Gilberto
6. Amor Em Paz - Antonio Carlos Jobim
7. Misty Roses - Astrud Gilberto
8. Desafinado - Antonio Carlos Jobim
9. So Nice (Summer Samba) - Astrud Gilberto And Walter Wanerley
10. Winter Moon - Stan Getz And Laurindo Almeida
11. Insensatez (How Insensitive) - Antonio Carlos Jobim
12. Dindi - Astrud Gilberto
13. Bahia - Stan Getz And Charlie Byrd
14. Girl From Ipanema - Antonio Carlos Jobim
15. O Grande Amor - Stan Getz And Joao Gilberto
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20. Black Orpheus (Orfeu Negro): The Original Sound Track From The Film
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This impressionistic score from Marcel Camus's 1958 cinematic retelling of the Greek myth of Orpheus was most Americans' introduction to the Brazilian musical style called bossa nova. As it became a nationwide craze that featured both Brazilian samba and U.S. cool-jazz participants, the names of Black Orpheus composers Antonio Carlos Jobim and Luiz Bonfa became familiar far beyond the hi-fi set. Along with the haunting theme song, "Manha de Carnaval," and several Jobim compositions are the vibrant street sounds of the pre-Lenten festival Carnaval, which provides the backdrop to the tragic love story of Orpheus and Eurydice. The score is awash with percussive samba rhythms and the laughter and chanting of the annual festival melee. This is a great disc to play when the day needs a parade. --Lois Maffeo ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The album that started it all
This is the album that helped launch bossa nova as an international phenomenon. If you haven't seen the movie yet, it's a truly moving experience. The soundtrack has some inconsistent points, and the recording quality isn't terribly great, but the beauty of Jobim and Bonfa's compositions overcomes it all. Best tracks: "Manha de Carnaval," "O Nosso Amor," and of course "A Felicidade."

5-0 out of 5 stars Symphony of the Jungle
This "soundtrack recording" is a work of art in its own right. There are many details here that I don't remember from the movie. For instance, Manha de Carnaval begins with a long instrumental with tropical bird songs - very beautiful (like a jungle orchestra), but the birdsong wasn't that noticeable in the movie. Likewise, there is a reprise of it sung by Euridyce, something I certainly don't remember.

No matter, it works very beautifully this way, And it's useful to hear the music presented for its own sake - so you should have both the movie and the soundtrack. Forget about this thing stating the bossa nova fad, it's gorgeous just for itself.

If you enjoy this, you'll probably enjoy Forest of the Amazon (by Villa-Lobos).

5-0 out of 5 stars NOTHING LIKE THIS!
There is nothing like this album. 30-some years after first hearing it, it still lives in my head. A piece of art - up there with La Traviota, Carmen, West Side Story. For art and music lovers, it is a necessary possession.

5-0 out of 5 stars some of the greatest music in the world
The scene in the movie when the village boys sing "Samba de Orfeo" is a transcendently beautiful religious moment. If the boys don't sing, the sun might not rise! Bonfa's samba lives up to the burden of the occasion -- joyous, passionate, unstoppable. The rest of the soundtrack, if you can believe it, lives up to THAT. Bonfa's lovely "Morning of the Carnival"; several of Jobim's lovely, sophisticated compositions in sparkling, minimal arrangements; and the awesome street Carnival percussion and singing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Historic Recording
It is filled with as much movie soundtrack background sounds as music; why do think they called it a soundtrack?? From the opening scene 'til the movie's last sunrise, this is Rio, and at Carnival Time, and what is at the very heart of Antonio Carlos Jobim and Luiz Bonfa's music that rocked Jazz in the early 1960s - and in not so different a way as what the British Invasion did to American pop and R&B in about the same time period. The "Bosa Nova" introduced through the international film scene via Black Orpheus changed forever how jazz was to be defined; Ken Burns didn't say so, but it's nonetheless true. This 1959 (film) soundtrack and the film itself is as fresh today as it was nearly a half century ago. This is real desert island stuff. If I could have only two CDs or DVDs to take with me, the soundtrack to Black Orpheus would be one, and George Harrison's Concert for Bangladesh (less the Bobby Dylan sequence) would be the other. ... Read more

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