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The Girl from Ipanema: The Antonio Carlos Jobim Songbook

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This 1995 tribute to the late Brazilian bossa nova master draws from the cream of the Verve/Polygram jazz catalog. Saxophonist Stan Getz, who introduced the sublimely sensual bossa nova to North American audiences in the early '60s, is joined by vocalist João Gilberto on the well-known title track and by guitarist Luiz Bonfa on the exquisite "O Morro Nao Tem Vez." Sarah Vaughan ("Corcovado"), Billy Eckstine ("Felicidade"), Wes Montgomery ("How Insensitive"), and Oscar Peterson ("Wave") also turn in classic performances from the '60s. Jobim himself offers guitar and piano accompaniment on several tracks and duets with Brazilian vocalist Elis Regina on "Aguas de Marco." Although subsequent generations of lame lounge singers have robbed bossa nova of its original mystique, in its pure form, this music is unsurpassed in conveying an intimately romantic mood with carefree sophistication. --Rick Mitchell

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Garota De Ipanema (The Girl From Ipanema) - Stan Getz And Joao Gilberto
  2. Corcovado (Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars) - Sarah Vaughan
  3. Felicidade - Billy Eckstine
  4. O Morro Nao Tem Vez (Favela) - Stan Getz And Luiz Bonfa
  5. Agua De Beber - Astrud Gilberto
  6. So Danco Samba (Jazz Samba) - Antonio Carlos Jobim
  7. Insensatez (How Insensitive) - Wes Montgomery
  8. Once I Loved - Shirley Horn
  9. Samba De Uma Nota So (One Note Samba) - Stan Getz And Charlie Byrd
  10. Meditacao (Meditation) - Joao Gilberto
  11. Desafinado (Slighty Out Of Tune) - Ella Fitzgerald
  12. Dindi - Astrud Gilberto
  13. Wave - Oscar Peterson
  14. Aguas De Marco (Waters Of March) - Antonio Carlos Jobim And Elis Regina
  15. Chega De Saudade (No More Blues) - Dizzy Gillespie


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 23, 1995)
  • Original Release Date: May 23, 1995
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B000001EBX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,659 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on November 25, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This is one great CD. Not only are the songs wonderful, but the liner notes are nice, the simplistic and colorful cover art is lovely, and the CD itself has an interesting look. For listeners like me, who love Jobim's music but prefer the more popular ones, and usually like covers more often than the originals, this is for you.
It starts off with the title track, that ever-popular standard, "The Girl from Ipanema." It is sung first in Portugese (so intriguing) and then the easy, effortless voice of Astrud Gilberto breezes in with the English lyrics. Before the song is over, you'll hear a nice piano version of the tune, preceded by legendary tenor sax player Stan Getz's beautiful. (I love the part where he starts and stops repeatedly.) It's easy to see why this recording became a classic.
Second is one of the disc's best, jazz diva Sarah Vaughan's glossy version of "Corcovado," or "Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars," as the English one goes. This is the without a doubt the most beautiful recording I've ever heard. The arrangement could not be better, and the same goes for Vaughan's voice. The whole thing comes off with a very relaxed, daydream feel to it. Listen closely to the lyrics; they put such vivid pictures in one's mind, yet are such simple words. It's so very romantic, and is the best song on the CD to put on if you just want to lay back and forget your troubles along with the whole world. If you just let yourself melt into the music, let it envelop you, it really does make all frustrations slip away from you. Jobim's music, when done properly, can do that.
Some will go wither way on Billy Eckstine's "Felicidade," but I like it.
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Antonio Carlos Jobim is among the few 20th century musicians credited with inventing a musical genre: the sensual, spiritual bossa nova marrying samba rhythm to jazz improvisation. Jobim's distinctive guitar and introspective lyrics created one of the 1960s signature sounds, inspiring a generation of jazz and pop singers and, for better or worse, influencing today's dominant "smooth jazz" radio format.
"The Girl From Ipanema," released shortly after Jobim's death, is a complete tribute album in that jazz's finest performers vocally and instrumentally hug Jobim's fragile, intricate melodies. Stan Getz helped Jobim bring bossa nova to America; his duets on "Girl From Ipanema" and "One Note Samba" are two signature Sixties' jazz pieces.
But after hearing Frank Sinatra's collaborations with Jobim on "Dindi," "Corcovado," and "How Insensitive" (all on their classic 1967 album), these versions by Astrud Gilberto, Sarah Vaughn and even virtuoso guitarist Wes Montgomery compare poorly. Yet Shirley Horn's spare reading of "Once I Loved" (the newest track, from 1988) is suitably sun-kissed and sanguine after seven minutes. Ella Fitzgerald's sprightly "Desafinado" bests the Ray Charles Singers' charted version.
"The Girl From Ipanema" gently introduces fans of other jazz genres to the heart of this master singer, instrumentalist, and songwriter. But also check out Ella Fitzgerals's complete Jobim tribute (on Pablo Records) from 1980, Frank Sinatra's collaborations with Jobim on Reprise and, by all means, the original classic Getz/Gilberto debut from 1964.
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I have no idea how any reveiwer of this album could have anything but praise for it. Especially those who say Ella and Sarah Vaughn's versions of 'Desafinado' and 'Corcovado' (respectively) were 'butchered'! Unbelievable!
These are two of the standouts on the cd... Ella's rendition is fun and uptempo --- a rare twist on this beautiful song which could be sung by tone deaf singers and still sound great.
Sarah Vaughn's version of 'Corcovado' should be the standard by which every cover of this song is compared -- it's simply marvelous!
Oscar Peterson's version of 'Wave' is the best cover of this song ever recorded (including Jobim's!). If it doesn't blow you out of the water, no music ever will.
This is a must have cd for anyone interested in Bossa Nova/Latin Jazz and if you've never listened to bossa nova in your life then this is the cd you want to get to begin your love affair!
Every friend that I've played this album for in the last 2-3 yrs have purchased a copy for themselves. One of my best friends even met his (now) wife after leaving my home to immediately purchase this album (a fitting tribute to the music).
THIS IS A MUST HAVE CD FOR ANY COLLECTION!
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This is a solid songbook that came out about maybe 6 years ago. It features many different artists from different timeframes and jazz genres with their interpretations and remakes of some of Jobim's classics. You also have some of the original bossa nova artists here too for good measure. I enjoy this cd even today. Sometimes there's a remake of one of the songs featured here that I specifically feel like hearing.
One of those remakes that I enjoy is Oscar Peterson's remake to the classic "Wave". Admittedly I don't like the end of the song. But the way it starts out, so cool and mysterious gives me memories. And then after the build-up, the way he comes in with the piano, without fail, makes me sing along with it "Vou te contar, Os olhos já não podem ver"... Another good tune is the dark and sensual version of "Amor em Paz" or "Once I loved" by Shirley Horn. It isn't like the wonderful orchestration that you're used to on the classic Jobim albums but I still like it because you can feel it... "Love is the saddest thing when it goes away". Wes Montgomery's take of Insensative is also solid but I still prefer the one with Getz on the sax.
All in all I would recommend this. Be forewarned though - there are loads of bossanova compilations and this one has the usual staples (Girl from Ipanema, Waters of March). And some takes didn't get me; this version of Tristeza isn't for me - you want to hear a great one, listen to the original on the "Black Orpheus" Soundtrack. There's something about it, the guitar and city ambiance and sambas. Also notice that this cd has a direct companion pice titled "Wave: The Antonio Carlos Jobim Songbook". It has a similar cover and is done in a similar mold as this one.
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