By now everyone has heard at least one of Antonio Carlos Jobim's beautiful compositions, if only his most famous ones, "Girl From Ipanema" or "Desafinado," playing poppishly in an elevator or mall somewhere. His work has been recorded by every combination of instrument and voice, including Sinatra's. What distinguishes this CD from hundreds of others is its inclusion of 11 relatively obscure Jobim tunes, and the way this classy trio succeeds in communicating the essence of his special gifts with a minimum of fuss and feathers. (One track is a Carlos Lyra composition, "Voce e Eu," which blends in nicely.) The arrangements are elegant, combining jazz and Brazilian rhythms to gently swing the melodies and highlight Jobim's lush harmonies. The under-recognized pianist Eddie Higgins is a delight: Straightforward, relaxed, and varied, he sizzles on the up-tempo "Two Kites" and does a gorgeous rubato turn on "Inutil Pasagem" (Useless Landscape), one of Jobim's most heartbreaking songs. The always melodic bassist Jay Leonhart has some wonderfully warm solos, and demonstrates his superb bowing technique on several tracks, including the lovely "Bonita," while drummer Terry Clarke is consistently sensitive and vital, whether lofting a samba or swaying a ballad. It's difficult to pick highlights from this collection of sparkling gems, but it's easy to recommend it. An excellent introduction to Jobim's unique beauty, it will also appeal to long-term fans who already have an extensive collection of his work. Highly recommended.
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Speaking of Jobim based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
In his liner notes for this album, jazz pianist Eddie Higgins relates that he first heard songs by Antonio Carlos Jobim on an LP in 1963, and by the end of the week he was already incorporating a dozen Jobim songs into his nightly club performances. A quarter century later -- never having tired of Jobim -- Eddie Higgins recorded this tribute to the great Brazilian composer. And a wonderful tribute it is, featuring Mr. Higgins's elegant, rich style, ably accompanied by Jay Leonhart on bass and Terry Clarke on drums. The selected songs (all but one composed by Jobim) reflect a variety of moods and offer a delightful opportunity to enjoy the work of a great composer and a great pianist.