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  • Audio CD (August 20, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alliance
  • ASIN: B00006FIBO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,056 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. As Praias Desertas
2. O Amor Em Paz
3. Vivo Sonhando - Dreamer
4. Inutil Paisagem
5. Sabia
6. Chanson Pour Michelle
7. Bonita
8. Fotografia - Photograph
9. Imagina
10. Estrada Branca
11. O Grande Amor
12. Cancao Em Modo Menor
13. Tema Para Ana
14. Derradeira Primavera
15. Esperanca Perdida - I Was Just One More For You
16. Sem Voce
17. Samba Da Aviao
18. Improvisation (Live)

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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.

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Uplifting to the heart, soothing to the ears, simply bonita!
Jose
This truly is music that soothes...reflects...and makes us all appreciate either finding it or being introduced to it by someone.
Alan Neves
Sakamoto is excellent on the piano and Jacques Morelenbaum is good on the cello as well.
"rellyrell"

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100 of 103 people found the following review helpful By Mark Hoover on November 7, 2002
Format: Audio CD
If you're here on this page today, then there's a day in your past when you were first aware that the beautiful and seductive song you suddenly could not get out of your head was written by someone named Jobim. For me, it happened while driving in the small hours of a long-ago November night, listening to a program on a faraway radio station called "Night Flight."
This album was recorded in Jobim's own house, and Jobim's piano responds to the hands of the masterly Ryuichi Sakamoto with as much rich emotion and dulcet tone as it once yielded to its former master. Like so much of Jobim's music, the arrangements here are spare and winsome, shot through with silky beauty and underpinned by emotional tones that recall the first time you gasped upon finally realizing what it means to be in love.
Perhaps you sometimes long again for the shiver that inevitably followed those first, early Jobim record purchases. Finally, here is an album that delivers the goods. I cannot imagine a more perfect voice than Paula Morelenbaum's to sing these songs...she eclipses even Astrud Gilberto. The living-room ensemble of acoustic instruments captures what the songs must have sounded like in Jobim's imagination as he composed them. The recording itself is exquisite. The engineers and producer "play" their mixing boards and recording decks with as much under-the-radar mastery as the musicians, finding balance and clarity for every instrument and voice. No wall of sound here...just delicacy and beauty, and glimmerings of the unspoken sadness that gave wings to the joy in Jobim's music.
An old Jobim lyric translates roughly as "Happiness is a traveler who visits your house, but cannot stay...
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Adam Cohen on October 4, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This CD is a must-have for any serious music lover, a true masterpiece melding Jobim's timeless compositions--some of which are virtually unknown even to major fans like myself--with brilliant and perfectly rendered arrangements for piano, cello, and voice. Paula Morelenbaum sings on most cuts with what to me is the purest, sweetest voice of any female vocalist treating Brazilian popular music, if not any music. The arrangements are unique and somewhat surprising at first, but then one quickly realizes that they reveal the amazing emotional depth of Jobim's musical ideas in a way that has never been done before. If you love jazz, classical music, and of course, Brazilian music, you will not go wrong with this recording and may, like me, find it almost impossible to stop playing again and again.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Larry L. Looney on September 11, 2002
Format: Audio CD
...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'.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Franklin B Energy on March 26, 2003
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A longtime fan of maestros Jobim and Sakamoto, I was thrilled when I
heard last year that Sakamoto was working on a tribute project with
Morelenbaum in Jobim's residence in Brazil.
The fact that this was recorded in someone's home was not so special,
except that Sakamoto used the very piano which Jobim composed on,
presenting us with an impeccable performance of one modern master's
interpretation of another's most memorable work.
It is nothing less than the finest work Sakamoto has done, and simply
one of the most beautiful collections of music recorded in recent years.
If you want to be swept away on the most beautiful aural landscape
you've ever imagined, buy this album! It will break your heart with
its stunning beauty.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Infinite Catalyst on May 6, 2004
Format: Audio CD
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.
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