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Antonio Carlos Jobim

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, Chet Baker, Barney Kessel, 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.

Born in the Tijuca neighborhood of Rio, Jobim originally was headed for a career as an architect. Yet by the time he turned 20, the lure of music was too powerful, and so he started playing piano in nightclubs and working in recording studios. He made his first record in 1954 backing singer Bill Farr as the leader of "Tom and His Band" (Tom was Jobim's lifelong nickname), and he first found fame in 1956 when he teamed up with poet Vinícius de Moraes to provide part of the score for a play called Orfeo do Carnaval (later made into the famous film Black Orpheus). In 1958, the then-unknown Brazilian singer João Gilberto recorded some of Jobim's songs, which had the effect of launching the phenomenon known as bossa nova. Jobim's breakthrough outside Brazil occurred in 1962 when Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd scored a surprise hit with his tune "Desafinado" -- and later that year, he and several other Brazilian musicians were invited to participate in a Carnegie Hall showcase. Fueled by Jobim's songs, the bossa nova became an international fad, and jazz musicians jumped on the bandwagon, recording album after album of bossa novas until the trend ran out of commercial steam in the late '60s.

Jobim himself preferred the recording studios to touring, making several lovely albums of his music as a pianist, guitarist, and singer for Verve, Warner Bros., Discovery, A&M, CTI, and MCA in the '60s and '70s, and Verve again in the last decade of his life. Early on, he started collaborating with arranger/conductor Claus Ogerman, whose subtle, caressing, occasionally moody charts gave his records a haunting ambience. When Brazilian music was in its American eclipse after the '60s, a victim of overexposure and the burgeoning rock revolution, Jobim retreated more into the background, concentrating much energy upon film and TV scores in Brazil. But by 1985, as the idea of world music and a second Brazilian wave gathered steam, Jobim started touring again with a group containing his second wife Ana Lontra, his son Paulo, daughter Elizabeth, and various musician friends. At the time of his final concerts in Brazil in September 1993 and at Carnegie Hall in April 1994 (both available on Verve), Jobim at last was receiving the universal recognition he deserved, and a plethora of tribute albums and concerts followed in the wake of his sudden death in New York City of heart failure. Jobim's reputation as one of the great songwriters of the century is now secure, nowhere more so than on the jazz scene, where every other set seems to contain at least one bossa nova. ~ Richard S. Ginell, Rovi
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His music reflects the best of the human spirit, love, laughter & happiness. The world is a better place with his music in it! Even if you don't speak a word of portughese, the uplifting spirit is easily felt & understood.
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egraebert
So dos eeuu mas a musica do Tom Jobim e a mais maravilhosa do mundo enteiro.
The great Antonio Carlos Jobim! : )
...thank you for Antonio Carlos Jobim...
aluruiz
Icono de la mejor música brasileña!
Felicidade is one of the greatest songs ever written X
The maestro....f o r e v e r
jimkopsa
Jobim e un grande!
thank you Pandora.
Eu tenho um gato em meu calças. Desculpe eu falo poco Portuguese
I've played and listened to his music most of my musical life. He's important to my wife and I, a part of our history together.
The GJB with the CGM
I feel healed already from a bad nights sleep, the gentle caress of ones soul brings peace when listening to this lovely music... Daina
Heheh
Reminds me of my childhood. My parents listened to Latin Jazz a lot. When I was young I did not like it, now that I am older, I love it!
bananna909
Such a relaxing song! Ahhhh love it!
Dancing close
Hey Hazel you definitely do NOT dazzle with trash remarks! Stay Away! Apart from a few goofed up biogs -Pandora does a fantastic job & offers great service-- however the wonderful Antonio Carlos Jobim was better known as the Brazilian Sinatra than its Gershwin although both are appropriate- - s o r t of! Great late at night --soothing-- -
Why so many complaints on here...just relax and enjoy the peace that Bossanova brings to the soul....Sway people...swa y !
Jobim is one of the demigods in my pantheon!
Wow this is so good sounding nice slow very close DANCE favorite. So pure they don't do them this way anymore.
My New Year's resolution: learn to sing in Portugese. The most beautiful of the romance languages.
shara.corver a
This song dissolves my troubles
Love this song ever thanks pandora
inpsyte9
The only composer to have an airport named after him, and this light breezy tune is justificatio n enough. Patricksreti r e d might be interested to know that 'How Insensitive' is actually based on one of Chopin's chord progressions .
bbb961
Love this thanks
I love this song so smooth and peaceful. But pandora sucks now and it's ruin my music. It's bad enough I have to listen to stupid commercials every seconds in the son no they keep pausing the music while I listen! I'm not going to pay a monthly fed just to listen to music I have the f**king cd's which I can easily upload on my phone! And listen on the go! You f**king suck pandora!!!!!
Sensually evocative, in any language.
This music is like a soft breeze on your check, and a feather on your spirit. You don't need to know what the words mean, you just have to feel the music touching your soul. It makes me dance.
An artist of the highest caliber. Sublime, sensuous, timeless music from a master-music a n / p e r f r o m e r / s o n g w r i t e r .
carblackzone
I could listen to them all day.
bobblumberg0 8
What a great bio for a great brazilian product/ sing on man sing on!
The Chopin of Brazil!
ivaldo6
I couldn't agree with Mitchell more. Forget Spodify, I am a Pandora guy all the way. The occasional incorrect bio is such a small and negligible price to pay for such an amazing (FREE for basic) and wonderful product. Viva Pandora!
ta errado!!!!
thcrazyroach
great bio. wrong guy!
lmoore1582
I thought I was going crazy.. .... yes, fix bio ...... LOL
mbc866
what?
Amo, bom demais!!
bev976
Didn't know Antonio Carlos Jobim was from Hoboken:-)
I have seen this wrong Bio issue on other occasions with Pandora. Obviously this is a software issue that is not as easy to correct as some might assume. A software fix can require a lot of resources and sometimes a company has to pick and choose what is most important to work on..and what needs to take a pass. Pandora did not post a profit last year I believe due to music licensing requirements . Overall I love their product so I am willing to overlook the occasional technical snafu.
OK, cool elaine. Thanks darlin. I really loved it when Old Blue Eyes and Ella Fitzgerald had Count Basey to back them.
What's the 1938 ? I'm a 41. DMB
elaine1938
Ever the optimist, I just emailed Pandora with a request to correct the bio for Jobim. Sinatra and Jobim did play together back in the 60s.
I see the Jobin / Sinatra swap going back 5 years complained about and uncorrected. So, enjoy the Jobin and don't wait your time trying to correct it. There are a couple of nice Jopbin Bio's posted by listeners 2 years back. DMB
wrketcha
wrong bio Pandora staff......f o r quite sometime now.
I chose Jobim not Sinatra! wtf
dspreis
Wow. This unreal. Get it together, Pandora!
5 years and counting and still no one is home to correct this error. Welcome to Autonomous Music. ASCAP, BMI, and others don't take too kindly to artist misrepresent a t i o n . Shall we all send them a screenshot?
Clearly there is an error here.
michele.gold b e r g 8 5
Started as Jobim for me...and then turned into Sinatra!
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