Older: Jobim Birthday Celebration 2014


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Published: 01/21/2014

by Scott Adans

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Program #1130 - ‘The 20th Annual Antonio Carlos Jobim Birthday Celebration’


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It’s our annual salute to Brazil’s greatest songwriter on The Sounds of this week, but we’re looking ahead, while doing our best to “overlook” winter. 2014 is a milestone year for the legions of Jobim fans worldwide: it marks the 50th anniversary for the legendary Getz/Gilberto album which featured many of Jobim's best songs. This year also commemorates the 20th year of Jobim's passing. More below:

 

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Antonio Carlos Jobim’s birthday is on Friday January 25th and for the 19th consecutive year, The Sounds of Brazil will devote its entire program to his music.

Being both naturally curious and also a big fan, I’ve written quite a lot about Jobim, his life and his music but no article was more personally satisfying than this review of the album that Jobim called his favorite. It’s a story you won’t read anywhere else; not even in the liner notes for the album. I hope you’ll enjoy it as we celebrate the memory of Brazil’s greatest songwriter.

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When is a re-release not a re-release? When the re-release in question is the first public issue of a beautiful Jobim recording captured at the peak of his career. Much that has been written about this CD is incomplete through either error or omission, and that’s a shame, because it’s a story that’s worth telling – with all the facts:

Any business professional who’s worked in Rio or São Paulo for more than a year knows that one of the most prized gifts of the holiday season is the yearly premium offered by the South American engineering and chemicals powerhouse, Odebrecht. Each year, its foundation has traditionally released a premium gift to its clients and associates that promotes cultural, artistic or historic treasures. The quality and production of these annual charges is of the highest order, and the limited edition run is privately distributed.

But if you know someone who knows someone who is a friend of the right person, it might be enough to get an ‘Odebrecht’ of your own – just in time for inconspicuous display during the holiday party season.

Such was the case in late 1987, when seemingly everyone you ran into was asking the same question that was on your lips: ‘Do you know anyone who…’ The buzz was all about the worst kept secret in Brazil: Antonio Carlos Jobim had just recorded a double LP with his ‘New Band’ for Odebrecht and rumor said that there was hard-bound book that when with it.

The album and book celebrated Jobim’s 60th birthday, making it the most precious ‘must have’ of the year.

For the rest of us, it was also the most unobtainable: Odebrecht had the publishing rights locked up. By the time Jobim’s 61st birthday rolled around on January 25th, 1988 you might have heard a friend’s homemade cassette tape of the album - probably a copy of a copy - if you were lucky.

From the liner notes of the original Brazilian CD release, musicologist Vera Alencar picks up the story:

“February, 1987. Rio de Janeiro. More precisely the Jardim Botanico district, at Ana and Tom’s house. Between a sip of whisky and a chord on the piano, I said: ‘Tommy, our project has been approved. Now, you’re in charge. We have enough money in the budget for you to invite anyone you want to give a guest performance.”

His answer didn’t come right away. It built up slowly and came out like this: “Vera, dear, I think there are already too many guest performances these days. I’m going to record this one with my band.”

From March to September, the sequence unfolded: choosing the repertoire, rehearsing, recording, mixing. Everyone gave their input on the songs selected, but it was Tom who made the final choice. He made a point in identifying the lead soloists for each track from among the members of his own band. He decided to include Villa Lobos’s ‘Seresta No 5’ and rehearsed it with Paulinha Morelenbaum. When it was just right, he decided that Danilo Caymmi would do the vocals. It had never been sung by a male voice before.

Tom’s mere presence always gave the rehearsals and recording sessions a festival atmosphere. The only thing that interrupted his smile and broad gestures was news that his newborn daughter, Maria Luisa, had sneezed.”

Recording began mere weeks after Jobim wrapped up his ‘Passarim’ album and while the core of this musical group carries over from that album this ‘anniversary’ recording remained very much a family affair: Son Paulo and daughter Elizabeth, his wife Ana, and close friends - Jacques and Paula Morelenbaum, Simone and Danilo Caymmi, Maucha Adnet, Sebastião Neto and his longtime friend and drummer Paulo Braga. So it’s no surprise that these two albums are cut from the same cloth.

Understandably, an occasion like this could lead the musician down a reflective path, but there’s no suggestion of it here. Thoughtful planning shows up in the deft use of Jobim’s ensemble sound: the female vocal chorus and tight unison lines brighten these Brazilian chestnuts – and where ‘Passarim’ looked back only occasionally for George Gershwin’s ‘Fascinatin’ Rhythm’ and a trio of ‘girl songs’ (‘Isabella’, ‘Luiza’ and ‘Gabriella’), ‘Unknown’ charts a different course by retracing many of Jobim’s best songs from his Bossa Nova years (plus a surprise or two) – each drawn from distinction, each celebrated in the spirit of rebirth that a milestone event might demand. Jobim is in great voice for his vocal leads – another part of the trademark ‘New Band’ style.

The arrangements are fresh and inventive and these 24 songs are sprinkled with smaller settings to showcase Jobim alone at the piano. There’s a sense of intimacy here that permeates these songs to make the most of these musicians, these songs and the arrangements which frame them. Jobim would later offer that this album - of all the albums he recorded - was his favorite. That’s no small statement.

We’re not sure why the title of this album was changed from ‘Inedito’ to ‘The Unknown’ when DMG teamed up with Brazil’s Biscoito Fino label for this US release – the title is awkward and misleading. And a backhanded compliment must be paid to DMG for releasing this CD with little or no promotional support, rendering this important release to nearly invisible status. Further, DMG chose to include only one of the several beautiful ink-on-paper sketches created by Jobim and his daughter Elizebeth in the included booklet – a shame.

Maybe there is an explanation for the change of title, after all.

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Hour 1:

Set 1: The Sounds of Brazil Opening Theme

Lamento<>Nelson Riddle/The Silver Collection

How Insensitive<>Tom Jobim & Sting/Antonio Brasileiro  

Antigua<>Leo Gandelman/Brazilian Soul

Welcome to The Brazilian Club Lounge

Dindi<>El DeBarge & Art Porter/A Twist of Jobim

 

Set 2:

Wave<>Joao Gilberto/Amoroso

Children's Games<>Lee Ritenour/Portrait

Introduce Next Song

Amor em Paz<>Rosa Passos/Festa

Desafinado<>George Michael & Astrud Gilberto/Redhot + Rio

One Note Samba<>Stan Getz with Charlie Byrd/The Bossa Nova Years

 

Set 3: This Week’s Brazilian Minute: ‘Tom Jobim’

Introduce This Week’s Spotlight Song

Chega De Saudade<>Eliane Elias/Bossa Nova Stories                  

Waters of March<>Al Jarreau & Oleta Adams/A Twist of Jobim

Correnteza<>Quarteto Jobim Morelenbaum/Quarteto

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Hour 2:

Set 1:

Triste<>Elis Regina/Personalidade

Samba Do Soho<>Astrud Gilberto/Plus

Outra Vez <>Antonio Carlos Jobim/Composer

Jobim Medley (Viva,Triste,Meditacao)<>Emilio Santiago/Para Feliz…

Welcome To Our Second Hour

Estrada Do Sol<>Tom Jobim/A Certain Mr.Jobim

Corcovado<>Everything But The Girl/Redhot + Rio

Manha De Carnaval-A Felicidade<>C.Mariano/Natural

 

Set 2:

Garota De Ipanema<>Marina/Melting Pop 

Zingaro<>Antonio Carlos Jobim/Composer

Introduce Next Song                                                       

This Happy Madness<>Kenny Rankin/Here In My Heart

Agua De Beber<>Ulisses Rocha/Moleque

Bonita<>Salena Jones/Salena Sings Jobim

 

Set 3:

Desafinado<>Toninho Horta/To Jobim With Love

Forever Green<>Antonio Carlos Jobim/Antonio Brasileiro

Third Hour begins 

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