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In Tokyo

Joao GilbertoAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Joao Gilberto was born on July 10th 1931 in the city of Juazeiro, Bahia. Having grown up among musicians, he formed the band 'Enamorados do Ritmo' when he has a teenager. By the age of 18 Joao was working at a local radio station (Radio Sociedade da Bahia) in Salvador. In 1950 he moved to Rio de Janeiro, where he joined the band 'Garotos da Lua' and recorded two albums in the ... Read more in Amazon's Joao Gilberto Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 8, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B0001M65DI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #281,632 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It sounds SO weird... June 21, 2004
Format:Audio CD
And I mean this in a good way. I own a number of Gilberto's albums, and this one shocked me like none of them did. The phrasing is radically different from most any other rendition of the same songs I've heard from him. This is something Gilberto is famous for, but at least I think this one album is the most striking one I've heard so far in this regard from him. (I haven't heard the 1996 Umbria Jazz recording yet, though.)
The sound is much, much clearer than the Montreux or Ao Vivo live albums, and the applause isn't as loud. The sequencing is done very well, no noticeable gaps between tracks.
I do think the performance of "Bolinha de Papel" is not very good.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Maybe our last chance to hear this Brazilian master June 16, 2004
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Recorded about 18 years after Joao Gilberto's wonderful "Live In Montreux" album, the new "In Tokyo" comes close to equaling the supreme and simple beauty of the earlier classic. I personally think 5-star ratings should be reserved for things that really DESERVE the highest rating. Even my top favorite artists only produced a couple of items each that are 5-star worthy. "Live In Montreux" was a definite 5-star. Some might feel an entire concert recording with just one singer alone with his guitar would get boring, but with Mr. Gilberto, his soft vocals, gently strummed guitar, and those lovely bossa nova songs are enchanting, even mesmerizing.
Joao was about 73 years old at the time In Tokyo was made, but his style of singing is one where the effects of age are not too noticeable. Only on "Pra Que Discutir com Madame?" does he appear to get a bit lost, and there are a couple of minor stumbles elsewhere, but overall this CD is a great listening experience. There aren't quite as many "hits" here (see In Montreux for songs like "Girl From Ipanema" and "A Felicidade") but it's still a relatively magical performance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars by J.Ph. Kroeger. April 12, 2004
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All so to say none-cariocas will love it as well. A fabulous live recording, full of joy, calm and melancholy. In Brasil, they probably would call it "saudade". Besides that, it sounds excellent. Just Mr. Gilberto's smooth voice and rhythmically astonishing, always tastefull and timeless guitar arrangements. A musical must!
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT RECORD - One of the greatest artists ever! December 23, 2013
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It is amazing to hear Joao sound as good, or better than when I first heard him in the early 60's. He pretty much invented Bossa Nova, and it is a joy to hear him in his 80's playing solo, and just nailing it - vocals and guitar. This album is a joy, and if you like his music, you will not be disappointed!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful stuff... April 20, 2008
Format:Audio CD really is inspiring to hear Joao still traveling down this solitary path, so many decades later.

It's rare that one musician becomes the catalyst for an entirely new genre of music -- Bill Monroe is really the only other example I can think of -- and that is what Gilberto was to the bossa nova. Here, on a simply-but-clearly recorded set from Tokyo, Joao shows that no amount of hipster butt-kissing, e-z-listening schmaltz, or fern-bar cheezballs can have any impact whatsoever on what is still his own personal voyage. The delicacy and poignancy in his music has only grown over the years, and this is a tremendously vulnerable, bittersweetly wounded performance that is soulful yet sophisticated, weary yet resilient.

Joao's pivotal early recordings are out of print, unfortunately, due to his own widely-publicized cantankerousness. I'm not sure this is the best place for a newcomer to start, as he does take some remarkable liberties with phrasing and such. In the context of his career as a whole, they make more sense than they do being heard by fresh ears...but I think, when it comes down to it, any one can enjoy and appreciate this set.

I will whine a little about the packaging...the Japanese pressing of this, which was available a couple of months before the US edition, has great liner notes, cool textured paper inserts, full lyrics, and complete set lists from his Japanese tour dates. This has...very little, printed on boring glossy stock. But I guess we should be thankful that it came out in the US at all!
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