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Antonio Carlos Jobim – stone flower

Posted on: February 10, 2009

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Antonio Carlos Jobim is to brasilian music what Duke Ellington is to American jazz—an innovative, prolific, sublime pianist and songwriter whose art has come to symbolize a certain time and place. Influenced as much by the cool sounds of ’50s West Coast jazz as by the melodies of Claude Debussy and the rhythms of the Brazilian samba, Jobim wrote the songs that, when performed by the likes of Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto, drove the global bossa nova craze of the’60s.

Jobim started his career in the late Forties, working as a piano player in Rio de Janeiro’s nightclubs. In 1958 Jobim wrote all the songs and the arrangements for an album by songstress Elizeth Cardoso, “Cançao do Amor Demais”, which featured João Gilberto’s uncredited guitar on two tracks. One of them, “Chega de Saudade”, became a legendary recording, considered officially as the first bossa nova recording. The following year, with the release of João Gilberto’s debut solo album, also titled “Chega de Saudade” and also arranged by Jobim, the bossa nova craze was born. And after the famous Bossa Nova Concert in Carnegie Hall, in 1962, Jobim’s impact in the jazz world increased.

1970 he recorded “stone flower”, a perfect blend of his subtle bossa genius with moody electric sound. Jobim plays electric and acoustic piano, guitar, and sings a bit — and Deodato handled the arrangements with a breezy brilliance that matches all the magic of Jobim’s wonderful compositions. Far from a conventional bossa nova album, Stone Flower was ambitious and original, infused with all of Jobim’s creativity and tender soulfulness. The album is a cohesive whole, unfolding song by song, gradually filling the listener with its dreamy vibe. And because mood is everything, there are surprisingly few solos taken, despite the presence of such major jazz talents as Joe Farrell on soprano sax and Hubert Laws on flute. These musicians play with uncharacteristic restraint, stepping out occasionally to punctuate the music with just the right color and shading.

Until his death in 1994 Jobim several times referred to “Stone Flower” as one of his favorite albums ever. Choro.

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