Stone Flower Import
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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.
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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This is a must have cd for everyone who likes very good music !!!!!!!!!!!Published 14 months ago by Christiane
Amazing sound quality! Antonio Carlos Jobim, one of the greatest jazz musicians of Latin America. This is a must hearing for someone looking for music with meaning.Published 17 months ago by Marco Antonio
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 on February 4, 2013 by Miguel Martin
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 morePublished on August 3, 2010 by sparko
When I think of `60s music, I of course think of the Beatles, the Stones, Dylan, the Byrds, the Airplane, etc. Read morePublished on July 23, 2009 by Karl W. Nehring
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 morePublished on January 2, 2008 by A. Chadderton
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 morePublished on March 7, 2006 by Amazon Customer
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 morePublished on February 23, 2006 by Carlos from Rio
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 morePublished on January 31, 2006 by J. D. Forgey