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Stone Flower [Original recording remastered]

Antonio Carlos Jobim Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 5, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000630CR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,384 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Tereza My Love
2. Children's Games
3. Choro
4. Brazil
5. Stone Flower
6. Amparo
7. Andorinha
8. God And The Devil In The Land Of The Sun
9. Sabia
10. Brazil (Alternate Take)

Editorial Reviews

The American producer Creed Taylor produced some of the best recordings Antonio Carlos Jobim ever made. Taylor's lush strings, evocative woodwinds, and selection of top-notch jazz musicians were a perfect match for Jobim's spare, bossa nova-flavored compositions. This 1970 recording features Jobim backed by bassist Ron Carter, trombonist Urbie Green, flutist Hubert Law, and soprano saxophonist Joe Farrell. Several classics, such as "Children's Games," the lilting "Tereza My Love," and the two soft samba/swing renditions of Ary Barroso's "Brazil," are lovingly draped in the velvet arrangements of the then-young Brazilian sensation Eumir Deodato. Jobim's dry and achy vocals, along with his acoustic and rarely heard electric-piano playing, add the right sonic seasoning to this delightful disk. --Eugene Holley Jr.

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece of the Sublime April 18, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I missed this album when it first came out and wasn't even aware of its existence until this reissue appeared in stores several years ago. What an album it is, from the urbane textures of Tereza My Love, which is spectacular, to the closing bars of the classic Brazil, I sat transfixed as I listened to its suave sophistication note by note.
Jobim made many records, but this is one of his best. In addition to the above named cuts, Choro and Adorinha are my favorites. Able backing is provided by such musical giants as Urbie Green, Hubert Laws, Joe Farrell, Airto Moreira, and others.
This is an album which will soothe the savage beast within and completely change your outlook if you are having a rotten day. I could rhapsodize about its many charms for hours but let it suffice to say that I recommend this masterpiece of the sublime in the strongest terms.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Lost Gem is a Cause for Celebration April 1, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This release is one of Jobim's best. It is a perfect mixture of the different moods found througout his work. It combines the classical sensibility of Jobim and Urubu with the beautiful bossa of Wave and Tide. For those who wonder why this man is regarded so highly by so many people, this album offers all the reasons why. It is a great introduction (even though this is not considered one of the classics) to Jobim's varied styles and moods. For long-time fans this is an essential addition to an already spectacular catalog. Complex, sensual music with that looming melancholy that informs the best of Jobim.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jobim & Deodato: Absolutely Amazing October 4, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This album, along with "Tide", are in my opinion, the best recordings Jobim ever made. This album is very similar to "Tide", which was recorded only a few months earlier. Again, Eumir Deodato proves he is an arranger of vast and rare talent, enhancing Jobim's always-beautiful compositions with instrumentation that is rich, dense, and always original. The whole album is excellent, with each successive track providing a slightly different musical journey and variations on instrumentation. A few of the pieces are rather dark, but really interesting. The long cut of "Brazil" is really groovy and is one of the highlights of the album. Also "Tereza, My Love" and "Children's Games" provide lighter and really melodic lines that make you wish the tracks were longer. The usual cast of top-notch jazz and session players are included, like Ron Carterm Hubert Laws, as well as Airto and a few more ace Brazilian and american instrumentalists. Overall a supremely substantial album full of fresh sounds and great compositions- all very well produced and well recorded for maximum enjoyment.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime June 12, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I'll add my praises of this disc to all the others. I fell totally in LOVE with Bossa Nova back in high school. I collected everything I could, from Best of Sergio Mendes - which is also very highly recommended to those who love this genre- to Joao Gilberto. In fact I made a trip to Brazil back in 1975 because I had to see this land where this sublime music came from. Anyway back to the disc. I had everything Jobim had recorded but this one intrigued me the most. It was his darkest and most complex. Worth adding to any collection of jazz, bossa, latin or anything else.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great performance; excellent remastering June 28, 2002
By Don O.
Format:Audio CD
"Stone Flower" isn't one of Jobim's most popular albums, but it represents some of his finest works. Superbly arranged by Eumir Deodato, it features Jobim playing more jazz on the acoustic and electric piano. He also sings in his characteristic unaffected style on "Brazil," and "Sabia." Deodato also plays acoustic guitar on some of the tracks.
The selections are diverse in tempo and mood. "Children's Games" has an alternating 3/4 - 2/4 shift in the middle chorus. Written originally for the film "The Adventurers," it was later renamed, "Chovendo na Roseira," when Jobim added lyrics to it. Gene Lees added English lyrics to it and the song also became known as "Double Rainbow." There's an interesting musical dialogue between the trombone and the bass flute towards the end of the piece.
The lyrical and haunting "Amparo" showcases Jobim's gift for writing beautiful melodies. Reminiscent of a Schubert Impromptu, its delicate melody underlies a rather complicated left-hand part that gives the piece its mellifluous quality. Also written for the same film, "Amparo" was renamed "Olha Maria" when Vinicius de Moraes and Chico Buarque added lyrics to it. Both "Amparo" (Olha Maria) and "Children's Games" (Double Rainbow) appear under those alternate titles on Jobim's Terra Brasilis album. [See "The Best of Two Worlds" by Stan Getz and João Gilberto for a vocal version of "Double Rainbow"].
The highlight of the album is Ary Barroso's "Brazil" (or "Aquarela do Brazil"). The steady, unrelenting beat of the percussion section is a listening delight in itself. Jobim's straight, no-frills playing and singing bring out the melodic simplicity and beauty of this Barroso classic.
"Stone Flower" is a fine, welcome addition to the list of Antonio Carlos Jobim CD reissues. The new, remastered CD has a very clear and warm sound. Gone is the distortion that marred some of the tracks in the original LP and the first CD reissue. That's good news for Jobim album collectors.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mere words just aren't enough... February 8, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This is the greatest in bossa nova bar none and would be my pick of what music straight from Heaven sounds like. Antonio Carlos Jobim is the underrated genius of the genre and his recordings are beyond words for description. Both cuts of "Brazil" are priceless and the song "Sabia" is worth the price of this album alone. The new 2002 reissue has new liner nothes and a crystal-clear sound, giving them the greatest of sound quality for the full effect. Do yourself a favor and get this, it will send you to places you never thought possible.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Antonio Carlos Jobim: Stone Flower
A different selection of Antonio Carlos Jobim's tracks. Mostly less popular than his Gilberto material, but it has a few tracks which I found unique.
Published 19 months ago by Miguel Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great product
I am vey pleased with the purchase of the Antonio Carlos Jobim CD album. The price was right while receiving a well recorded quality cd that sounds terrific. Read more
Published on August 3, 2010 by sparko
5.0 out of 5 stars An Enriching Experience
When I think of `60s music, I of course think of the Beatles, the Stones, Dylan, the Byrds, the Airplane, etc. Read more
Published on July 23, 2009 by Karl W. Nehring
4.0 out of 5 stars Darker than Wave
This is a fantastic album by Jobim but I personally prefer Wave but who cares. This album features the infamous Brasil and has an alternate instrumental version of said track. Read more
Published on January 2, 2008 by A. Chadderton
5.0 out of 5 stars Jobim
Listen to the samples and you will not need anyone's comments. "Wave", "Tide", "Stone flower" and the rest of the albums with Jobim's music will live for ever. Read more
Published on March 7, 2006 by sashaineurope
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe the most precious Jobim treasure
Another 5-star Jobim collaboration with producer Creed Taylor for his CTi label with arrangements by Deodato and a team of Jazz master musicians featuring Urbie Green and Hubert... Read more
Published on February 23, 2006 by Carlos from Rio
4.0 out of 5 stars Stone Flower-Also Ran
While this is a very fine album, the tracks are not Jobim's best. These are prime examples of a great composer's lesser works, that produced by anyone else would be considered... Read more
Published on January 31, 2006 by J. D. Forgey
5.0 out of 5 stars Sounds of summer nights with softly pulsating rhythms
I found this album by accident secondhand and it was one of the most pleasant discoveries I will ever make . Read more
Published on November 18, 2005 by A C SHIELDS
5.0 out of 5 stars A million stars!!!
Wow! A long time fan of Antonio Carlos Jobim, coming across this treasure was a dream come true. Two mixes of "Brazil", how could you not be in heaven? Read more
Published on November 10, 2005 by Shelby Peters
5.0 out of 5 stars Freaking out
This CD is astounding. I play this CD everyday in my car and it never ever gets ......... The drummer!! I'm so thrilled I found this CD. Read more
Published on September 28, 2005 by Victoria L. Galinsky
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