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Brazil's Contribution to Jazz and Music in General
on March 7, 2001
Being myself a brazilian, I just can't avoid being proud of the inspiration that Tom Jobim's music brought to the jazz world. Listening to this album, I came to the conclusion that american jazz, despite its richness and diversity, would lack some sweet melody flavour if it wasn't influenced by the bossa nova movement. In the first suite of this wonderful "Double Rainbow", Joe teams up with a crew of brazilian musicians like Nico Assumpção (bass) and Eliane Elias (piano), that were very efficient at marking a clear line between the brazilian jazz playing style and the american one, brilliantly represented by musicians like Herbie Hancock(piano) and Christian McBride(acoustic bass). The highlights are "Boto", a group performance of amazing beauty that reaches perfection,"Triste", maybe the most fluid track of the album and "Lygia", the unforgettable tune of the brazilian master. If Tom was born in America, he would certainly stand alongside Cole Porter and George Gershwin in the pantheon of american immortal song writers. Definitely, this album is a must-buy for any serious jazz fan. It is strange to see how this album remains unknown or underrated by most of jazz listeners. It never appears in any "top 10 or 15 jazz albums of all time" list and it undoubtedly deserves it.