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Quarteto Jobim-Morelenbaum

4.8 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Dec 1 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Velas
  • ASIN: B00004TCNQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #218,195 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Agua De Beber
2. Meditacao
3. Ela E Carioca
4. So Tinha De Ser Com Voce
5. A Felicidade
6. Eu E O Meu Amor/Lamento No Morro
7. Falando De Amor
8. A Correnteza
9. O Boto
10. Mantiqueira Range
11. Corcovado
12. Desafinado
13. Aguas De Marco

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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.

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Tom Jobim's incredible legacy could not have been more lovingly and fittingly preserved as in this recording. This stunningly talented group of musicians is uniquely qualified for this vital project -- it includes two members of his family [son Paulo on guitar and vocals, grandson Daniel on piano and vocals] and two stellar musicians who worked with Tom during his final years [Jacques Morelenbaum on cello and Paula Morelenbaum on vocals]. Together, they bring out all of the best qualities of Antonio Carlos Jobim's art -- the rhythms, the melodies, the spirit of his music -- without drowning it in over-arranged elevator music production values.
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...
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In the production of wine, the French subscribe to the concept of terroir, the cumulation of the geographical, and heriditary which best encapsulates the spirit of the product. One suspects that some terroir is alive and well in this album.
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.
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This CD is simply perfect. To contradict a previous reviewer, there is a song not by Tom Jobim here: Mantiqueira Range is an instrumental composed by his son and grandson, half the quarteto. Many commentators have noticed how much these two sing like their grandfather, and how much the grandson plays piano like him. (Caetano Veloso noted that this may be an example of why reincarnation in unnecessary!) But for me the stars here are the Morelenbaums. Jacques, the cellist, plays brilliantly and adds a warm tone that is fresh in bossa nova away from the larger orchestrations favored by Tom Jobim in many of his orginal recordings. And his wife Paula sings beautifully. She might be mistaken at first hearing for some more famous singers but live with her voice for a while and you'll be mesmerized. I would complain about a few missing tracks: Chega de Saudade, for instance. But you may find yourself listening, as I have, to the 10 tracks that are here over and over and losing yourself in their seamless evocations of sophisticated tropical soul.
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Since A.C.J. ultimately death some years ago, there have been countless records on the market playing tribute to Brazil`s most popular composer, pianist and singer of all times. His numerous recordings from the man who wrote "THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA" have made music history.
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".
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This is a CD that Tom Jobim would've loved. His songs are interpreted with such care by a first class group of musicians and singers. Both his son, Paulo- and his grandson, Daniel - sing and play piano and guitar. They are joined by the equally impressive Jaques and Paula Morelenbaum. I am a real purist when it comes to the songs of Antonio Carlos Jobim and had real doubts about hearing a cello played in any of his songs. But I took a chance and purchased the CD, not really expecting too much from this group. I was pleasantly surprised, especially by how much the sound of the cello added to the rich texture of each song. This CD is a real gem! My only regret at this point is that there isn't another CD to go with this one.
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