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It has been said that Antonio Carlos Brasileiro de Almeida Jobim was the George Gershwin of Brazil—and there is a solid ring of truth in that, for both contributed large bodies of songs to the jazz repertoire, both expanded their reach into the concert hall, and both tend to symbolize their countries in the eyes of the rest of the world. With their gracefully urbane, sensuously aching melodies and harmonies, Jobim's songs gave jazz musicians in the 1960s a quiet, strikingly original alternative to their traditional Tin Pan Alley source.

Jobim's roots were always planted firmly in jazz; the records of {{Gerry Mulligan = 9681}}, {{Chet Baker = 3578}}, {{Barney Kessel = 8339}} and other West Coast jazz musicians made an enormous impact upon him in the 1950s. But he also claimed that the French impressionist composer Claude Debussy had a decisive influence upon his harmonies, and the Brazilian samba gave his music a uniquely exotic rhythmic underpinning. As a pianist, he usually kept things simple and melodically to the point with a touch that reminds some of Claude Thornhill, but some of his records show that he could also stretch out when given room. His guitar was limited mostly to gentle strumming of the syncopated rhythms, and he sang in a modest, slightly hoarse yet often hauntingly emotional manner.


Brazilian Horizons Vol. 2 (Brazil)

Label: BMG
Released: 2023


Brazilian Horizons Vol. 2

Label: Milestone
Released: 1999


Article: Album Review

Ahmad Jamal: Emerald City Nights: Live at The Penthouse, 1966-1968

Read "Emerald City Nights: Live at The Penthouse, 1966-1968" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

It was a time of warring nations, either within themselves or without. John Coltrane had fallen as Miles Davis was firing up the jazz/funk. It was a time of young men screaming, their bodies on fire. Black and white images of villages savaged and children starving. Into these unrivaled moments--they had just taken down ...


Article: Live Review

SFJAZZ Collective at SFJAZZ Center

Read "SFJAZZ Collective at SFJAZZ Center" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser

The SFJAZZ Collective The SFJAZZ Center San Francisco, California November 4, 2023 Taking the stage at the commencement of a four-night run at San Francisco's SFJAZZ Center The SFJAZZ Collective launched into vibraphonist Warren Wolf's arrangement of three amalgamated Miles Davis compositions: “In a Silent Way," “Directions," and “Nardis." Then, trumpeter ...


Article: Live Review

Gerald Clayton at Trinity University

Read "Gerald Clayton at Trinity University" reviewed by Katchie Cartwright

Gerald Clayton Trinity University / Ruth Taylor Hall San Antonio, TX November 7, 2023 Trinity University's Ruth Taylor Hall, with its intimate seating and warm wood-paneled acoustics, is a welcoming spot for a solo piano concert. Addressing the audience as he entered the stage, Gerald Clayton remarked on the geniality of ...


Article: Album Review

Doug Richards Orchestra: Through a Sonic Prism

Read "Through a Sonic Prism" reviewed by Jack Bowers

If the title of the Doug Richards Orchestra's new album, Through a Sonic Prism, seems a bit esoteric, its subtitle--"The Music of Antonio Carlos Jobim"--should help set the mind at ease. This is undeniably beautiful music, handsomely arranged by Richards and flawlessly performed by his eighteen-member Virginia-based ensemble and vocalist Laura Ann Singh, whose seductive voice ...


Article: Jazz Raconteurs

Allison Au's Migration Project: Transition, Trauma, and Transcendence

Read "Allison Au's Migration Project: Transition, Trauma, and Transcendence" reviewed by Dave Kaufman

"Human beings are both fixed and wandering, settlers and nomads. Our history is the story of the nomad giving way to the settler but when people are unsettled, they have to migrate." (Ruth Padel, On Migration, 2013) Human migration has exerted a profound and far-reaching influence on the evolution of our civilization and the ...


Article: Album Review

Jim Rattigan: Duos

Read "Duos" reviewed by Neil Duggan

The name Jim Rattigan may be unfamiliar but probably more familiar are his contributions to the music in Batman, Lord Of The Rings, The Bourne Ultimatum or Moulin Rouge... or maybe his work with Tom Jones, Burt Bacharach, George Michael, Adele or Tony Bennett. Globally, he is certainly one of the foremost exponents of the French ...


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