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This quartet consists of cellist-arranger Jacques Morelenbaum, who played with Antonio Carlos Jobim on one of his last recordings, Passarim, before Jobim's death in 1994; his wife, vocalist Paula; Jobim's son, pianist Daniel; and his grandson Paulo on guitar. On this CD not only do they extend Jobim's legacy into the 21st century, but in this chamber format they highlight the softer side of Jobim's bossa nova blend of the Afro-Brazilian samba, jazz, and the French impressionist harmonies of Ravel and Debussy. Augmented by bass, drums, and percussion, the quartet delivers engaging and ethereal renditions of classic Jobim mid-'60s bossa nova standards including "Agua de Beber," "Ela e' Carioca," "Meditacão," and "Desafinado," sung by Paulo. The haunting "A Felicidade" and "Lamento no Morro" from Jobim's Academy Award-winning soundtrack to Black Orpheus are updated with taste and verve, especially in the balance between voice and instrumentation. Paulo Jobim's "Mantiqueira Range" is a direct descendant of his grandfather's harmonic genius, and it may prove to be an example of pleasant things to come from this stunning group. --Eugene Holley Jr.
Top Customer Reviews
The recording here is as perfect as it could possibly be -- every instrument and voice is clearly heard. The arrangements are sparse and delicate, yet amazingly full at the same time. Aside from the musicians mentioned above, only light drums and percussion are added on these tunes -- and acoustic bass, only on three tracks. There is nothing to 'get in the way' -- the beauty of these songs shines through wonderfully.
There are several here that are Jobim classics -- but then, almost everything he wrote should probably be included in that category -- 'Aqua de beber', 'Meditacao', 'A felicidade', 'Corcovado', 'Desafinado', 'Aguas de Marco'. Every track on the cd is first-rate. My hope is that there are other collections to follow. The Quarteto has dedicated itself to Tom's music -- if there comes a time when this realm is expanded, I feel certain that the results will be just a enjoyable.
This cd would be absolutely perfect as a gift to introduce a friend to the wonders of Brazilian music...
With the Jobim heirs (son Paulo on guitar and grandson Daniel on vocals and piano), and Paula and Jacques Morelenbaum on vocals and cello respectively this recent production captures the spirit of the bossa.
One significant improvement over A. C. Jobim's work is the notable absence of string embellishment used to death in the 60s (think Wes Montgomery), to be replaced by the very expressive and brooding organic feel of Morelenbaum's cello. J. Morelenbaum's expressive work is also heard more recently on Ryuichi Sakamoto's minimalist 1996 album.
That being said, the production is slick, and slightly lacking in the down to earth feel of A.C. Jobim's less rhythmic legato feel and Astrud Gilberto's "slightly off key" singing. The feel is very "on the money" and driving. Daniel's vocals hits you with a sense of deja vu... is that grandfather Jobim buried somewhere in his voice? Influences from this album range from the parent bossa to classical.
This is probably how A.C. Jobim would've launched the bossa wave if he decided to do so in this era. A superlative work which will liberate A.C. Jobim's work from the confines of elevator muzak.
But now comes a production called "QUARTETO JOBIM-MORELENBAUM". And this is not just another tribute to the late Jobin. It is simply the best recording ever, because it even sounds better than any other the maestro ever did !
Jaques Morelenbaum, one of the most gifted cellist in the world has often played with Jobin, but also with many other brasilian artists, such as Caetano Veloso. Together with Jobim`s sons, Daniel and Paulo and his wife Paula Morelenbaum he created a cd containing 13 all time greats by Jobim. I am sure Tom Jobim would have loved the outcome of this CD, although for reasons unknown one song has been omitted, wich actually started his fame "THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA".
Most recent customer reviews
I was fortunate to find this CD at Borders. It's awesome. If you're into old-school bossa nova, this will whet your appetites because the Quarteto stays true to A.C. Read morePublished on Dec 17 2003 by Amazon Customer
I didn't know that I liked this kind of music but bought the CD after watching the DVD of the film Black Orpheus. I have been almost constantly listening to it since then. Read morePublished on Oct. 19 2003
i love Jobim's music and this CD is most excellent in its treatment of these great standards...i have heard Desafinado done by many many artists but in my opinion this is the best... Read morePublished on March 8 2003 by Me
A sweet tribute to Antonio Carlos Jobim which features his son, grandson, and former cellist and bandleader Jaqcues Morelenbaum, as well as Paula Morelenbaum, who serves as the... Read morePublished on Nov. 30 2002 by DJ Joe Sixpack
I picked up this CD while I was in Brazil last year, and I fell in love! I bought one for each of my sisters (3), one for my parents, and one for a singer I work with. Read morePublished on Nov. 6 2002 by Wendy Macdonald
If I were stuck in an island and had only 5 cds, this would be one of them. This album is fantastic. Read morePublished on Feb. 13 2002 by CAA
Are you a new entrant fan of Jobim? Then begin with Jobim's originals! Jobim foreign output has set the pace for an ensemble standard which is hard to achieve when you take his... Read morePublished on July 16 2000 by Carlos from Rio