Milton Nascimento with the Jobim Trio: Novas Bossas (2008)
The first five tracks are pure Nascimento; the haunting vocals and melancholy melodies would fit in perfectly on Courage, (Verve 2005) and are welcome additions to the vocalist's catalog. For the rest of the album the group explores the repertoire of Jobim (with one deMoraes composition thrown in for good measure). Jobim said that Nascimento was the vocalists that came closest to rendering his songs as he imagined them, and it's easy to see why here. The only really familiar song is "Chega de Suadade," the rest coming from more obscure sources yet still proving why Jobim is one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century.
Bossa Nova works best in an intimate performance of few instruments with simple melodies, and this is exactly what Nascimento and the Jobim Trio produce. The instrumentation is kept simple with no digital monkeying. The only exception is vocal multi-tracking, which adds an additional depth to complexity to the melodies, making them that much more beautiful. "Bossa Nova" means "the new thing," which is exactly what this bunch has given us; a collection that harkens back to the past while still feeling rooted in the present.
Track Listing: Tudo Que Voce Podia Ser; Dias Azuis; Cais; O Vento; Tarde; Brigas Nunca Mais; Caminhos Cruzados; Intuil Paisagem; Chega de Saudade; Medo De Amar; Velho Riacho; Esperanca Perdida; Trem de Ferro; Samba Do Aviao.
Personnel: Milton Nascimento: vocals; Daniel Jobim: piano; Paulo Braga: drums; Paulo Jobim: guitar; Rodrigo Villa: bass.
Record Label: Blue Note Records