The Girl from Ipanema: The Antonio Carlos Jobim Songbook
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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.
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"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.
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!
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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This album is as beautiful as its cover design by Giulio Turturro. It starts with the best and most well known song of Jobim's "The Girl from Impanema" sung by Joao... Read morePublished 3 months ago by David Eastburn
Girl From Ipanema is a favorite, and several other excellent tracks. I'm a Jobim fan. Good recording.Published 8 months ago by R. Overall
If I had this as a cassette, I would have worn it out. This album helped me jump past Stan Getz to the master of Brazilian samba. Read morePublished 14 months ago by JKM
This cd is basically a compilation/tribute album by various artists. It starts out like the iconic Getz/Gilberto album with *Girl from Impamnema* from there it goes to Sarah... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Jack
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