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Joao Gilberto Import


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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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  • Audio CD (December 19, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Polygram Int'l
  • ASIN: B000008B01
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,504 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Aguas De Marco
2. Undiu
3. Na Baixa Do Sapateiro
4. Avarandado
5. Falsa Baiana
6. Eu Quero Um Samba
7. Eu Vim Da Bahia
8. Valsa (Como Sao Lindos Os Youguis)
9. E Preciso Perdoar
10. Izaura

Editorial Reviews

1998 release from Brazilian pop songwriter whom incorporates the rich sounds of swing jazz to his music. Gilberto has worked with saxophonist Stan Getz and virtually every big name in Brazilian pop including Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Maria Bethania, Gal Costa, and Chico Buarque.

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One of the greatest, from one of Brazil's best.
Ian Rodenhouse
Beautiful guitar chords, nice rhythm, minimalist accompaniment, low-key voice.
Bill Staley
You simply must hear this music to understand how enriching the album is.
Rob Keil

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Fineberg on November 24, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Sometimes referred to as The White Album (one of the few modern artists whose greatness can withstand comparison to that of the Beatles), this album was recorded sometime around 1970. Only Joao and a drummer are present, though then-girlfriend Miucha appears on one song. Somehow this album stands apart from all his others--maybe because it is so sparse, yet many of the numbers are up-tempo. He runs through "Eu Vim da Bahia" five times and makes it definitive. He brings a new and unexpected phrasing to "Aguas de Marco." He is at his most playful on "Eu Quero um Samba". And three tunes virtually do away with words altogether--"Undiu" finds him hypnotically chanting the title word, "Valsa" finds him humming a lullaby to his daughter, and an astonishing instrumental version of "Na Baixa do Sapateiro" finds him at his most dexterous on the guitar. It's a near-perfect album.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Rob Keil on October 4, 2002
Format: Audio CD
In my opinion, this is probably Gilberto's finest work. His playing is so spare and seemingly simple, but really so intense. His vocals are just above a whisper yet he manages to swing and exude so much emotion. The recording quality is also excellent. You simply must hear this music to understand how enriching the album is.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Peppino on February 15, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Simply put, the most "progressive" recording available from "O MESTRE DA BOSSA NOVA",this cd is a MUST for all bossa enthusiasts.-- SPECIFICALLY for musicians who wish to study & learn "O JEITINHO",the trick to playing guitar in the style revolutionized by Seu Gilberto! This recording is very spare (guitar, bass & percussions) The listener is captivated not by lush orchestrations nor distracted by overproduction--the interplay of João's guitar in counterpoint to the quirky vocal delivery is amazing to hear ! This is especially evident on this rendition of "AGUAS DO MARCO",the Jobim standard. Caetano's "Avarandando" is a whisper in the wind--"que maravilha! " dont miss this one, it can go back out of print at any time! 1
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Henry Zeno on December 14, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This was recorded in 1973. It's one of the few records that changed my life, twisted my head around. João doesn't sound, at first, as if he's doing anything. There seems to be no modulation, no color. Then you begin to hear the beauty behind the repetition, the soul, and the cunning of a true artist. There aren't too many people who could be so completely traditional and so completely weird at the same time. Gilberto is a fantastic guitar player, and he swings. A lot of people regard this as the greatest Brazilian music recording ever made; at the very least, it's one of the two or three definitive bossa nova records.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey V. Badgett on September 23, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This record certainly represents a high water mark in the career of one of the world's great musicians. Gilberto's singing and guitar playing in the spare, zen-like setting communicate pure swing--the kind of bouyant feeling found in only the best work by greats such as Jimmy Blanton or Charlie Christian. The peak of achivement might be "Eu Quero Um Samba" or "Eu Vim Da Bahia" or the famous "Aguas De Março." You will discover your own favorites. My wish would be for a company to bring this thing out on 180 gm vinyl with careful re-mastering and pressing. I also wouldn't mind some discographical details. Yum. But in the meantime, this CD sounds very good since it is AAD. Buy it and enjoy!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "douglasnegley" on August 23, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I agree with the reviewer who stated that this music can not be referred to in the traditional 'bossa/samba' mode; although, both are present in Joao's playing here. "Eu Quero Um Samba" is, in my opinion, one of the finest examples of Joao playing his 'voz' straight off of the 'violao' and obtaining a groove that goes beyond voice, guitar, and lyric. It is that "spot" to which Jobim alluded that is reached then. "Aguas de Marco" is Joao's own masterful version of Jobim's masterpiece. Miles Davis once said that Joao would sound good reading the newspaper. This is a compliment to one of the great romantic vocalists of our time from arguably the same on trumpet. Interestingly, for a comparison of some of these same tunes, many of the same songs are on the "Best of Both Worlds" recording with Stan Getz, which was released in 1976, and features Chico Buarque's sister - Heloisa - on English vocals. I have to admit to liking "Izaura" much better on the CD I am now reviewing: Joao changes the harmony on the bridge here and the effect is electric. On the "Both Worlds" recording, Getz was either improperly recorded or having a tough time, since "the Sound" just is not there. That said, he does grab a hold of some great licks - especially on "Falsa Bahiana". No, I will not review that here, but it makes me wonder if perhaps Joao was not quite satisfied with the 1976 effort...seeing that many of the tunes are re-done, and done better, frankly, on this recording.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sensor on September 12, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Once while commenting on Joao Gilberto, composer Antonio Carlos Jobim is supposed to have said, that Gilberto was pulling his guitar in one direction, while singing in another, thus creating a third thing, which was profound. This seems to be a very good description of what Gilberto is doing on this record. Gilberto is being backed only by his own guitar and a very discrete drummer and the interplay that evolves between voice, guitar and drums, in large part created by Gilberto's vocal phrasing, results in a number of pretty outstanding tracks. Particularly impressive is the version of Jobim's 'Aguas De Marco'. By keeping the original melody, but phrasing it differently rhytmically, he creates a version, that is just as unique and fresh as the original, only more modern and 'cool'. Even though this number probably is the highlight of the record, the rest of the numbers are, due to Gilberto's refined and pure phrasing and playing, also really great and engaging. Particularly his version of Caetano Veloso's 'Avarandado', which he likewise makes all his own, is also really lovely. All in all, I think you could say, that this record is a testament to the great potential of Gilberto's musical vision and probably as close to an apotheosis of bossa nova as you can get.
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