East Travel: Antonio Carlos Jobim

Audio Samples

>Gimbel, Norman : How Insensitive
>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : Cancao De Amor Demais
>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : Wave, song
>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : Por causa de voce
>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : A Felicidade
>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : Sabi
>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : Corcovado, song
>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : Triste
>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : Look to the Sky
>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : Chega de Saudade
>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : Garota de Ipanema, song (a.k.a. "The Girl from Ipanema")
>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : One Note Samba
>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : Samba do Aviao
>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : Desafinado
>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : Meditacao (Meditation), song
>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : Water to drink
>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : The Waters of March
>De Moraes, Vinicius : So Danco Samba

Album Summary

>Gimbel, Norman : How Insensitive
>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : Cancao De Amor Demais
>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : Wave, song
>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : Por causa de voce
>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : A Felicidade
>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : Sabi
>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : Corcovado, song
>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : Triste
>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : Look to the Sky
>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : Chega de Saudade
>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : Garota de Ipanema, song (a.k.a. "The Girl from Ipanema")
>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : One Note Samba
>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : Samba do Aviao
>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : Desafinado
>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : Meditacao (Meditation), song
>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : Water to drink
>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : The Waters of March
>De Moraes, Vinicius : So Danco Samba
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Notes & Reviews:

A fascinating voyage dedicated to A. C. Jobim, the "poet of music" who was among the first to create a universal musical language starting from his own tradition.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Digitubestudio, Mantova, Italy (04/2010).

The packaging of the CD version of this little Italian release gives no information about how it came about, other than the fact that several of the musicians involved, including arranger Valter Sivilotti, have previously crossed over between classical music and jazz or pop. Very little, in fact, prepares you for its absolute originality. The album offers 18 songs by Brazilian songwriter and bossa nova pioneer Antonio Carlos Jobim, most of them quite famous, and haphazardly identified by their Portuguese or English titles. Most are arranged for the odd combination of saxophone, string quartet, and tabla or other small drum; an accordion makes guest appearances, and on a few pieces the string quartet or the saxophone gets to do its thing alone. The results are entrancing. The key is the variety of roles given to the string quartet, which fills in the harmony like a piano, provides the harmonic-rhythmic root like a string bass with a plucked cello, takes the melody, or provides some kind of structural introduction or marker, often switching back and forth between these roles within the same number. The beauty of all this flexibility is that the arrangement brings new insights into Jobim's famous melodies, revealing their often considerable complexity. Consider for example the modernistic version of Desafinado (track 14), which is given to the string quartet alone and could pass for a contemporary string quartet. Each piece is different, and the diversity increases as the album goes along. The most famous Jobim melody of all, The Girl from Ipanema, is unexpectedly given to a solo baritone saxophone. The pieces just named are on the experimental side, but elsewhere the strings serve to intensify the original mood of the piece and produce pleasantly romantic readings. Strongly recommended, even for those beyond the obvious audience of Jobim fans; in its way this is a unique document of classical-jazz fusion.



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Works Details

>Gimbel, Norman : How Insensitive
  • Performers: Mario Marzi (Saxophone); Federico Sanesi (Percussion); Federico Sanesi (Tabla)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Antonio Carlos Jobim (1927 - 1994).
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : Cancâo De Amor Demais
  • Performers: Mario Marzi (Saxophone); Federico Sanesi (Percussion); Federico Sanesi (Tabla)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : Wave, song
  • Performers: Federico Sanesi (Percussion); Federico Sanesi (Tabla); Trilok Gurtu (Drums); Trilok Gurtu (Percussion); Trilok Gurtu (Tabla); Mario Marzi (Saxophone); Simone Zanchini (Accordion)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : Por causa de voce
  • Performers: Mario Marzi (Saxophone); Federico Sanesi (Percussion); Federico Sanesi (Tabla)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : A Felicidade
  • Performers: Mario Marzi (Saxophone); Federico Sanesi (Tabla); Federico Sanesi (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1959

>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : Sabi
  • Performers: Mario Marzi (Saxophone); Federico Sanesi (Percussion); Federico Sanesi (Tabla)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : Corcovado, song
  • Performers: Mario Marzi (Saxophone); Federico Sanesi (Tabla); Federico Sanesi (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : Triste
  • Performers: Mario Marzi (Saxophone); Federico Sanesi (Percussion); Federico Sanesi (Tabla)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : Look to the Sky
  • Performers: Mario Marzi (Saxophone); Federico Sanesi (Tabla); Federico Sanesi (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : Chega de Saudade
  • Performers: Trilok Gurtu (Percussion); Trilok Gurtu (Drums); Trilok Gurtu (Tabla); Mario Marzi (Saxophone); Simone Zanchini (Accordion); Federico Sanesi (Percussion); Federico Sanesi (Tabla)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : Garota de Ipanema, song (a.k.a. "The Girl from Ipanema")
  • Performers: Mario Marzi (Saxophone); Federico Sanesi (Tabla); Federico Sanesi (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : One Note Samba
  • Performers: Simone Zanchini (Accordion); Federico Sanesi (Percussion); Federico Sanesi (Tabla); Mario Marzi (Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : Samba do Aviao
  • Performers: Mario Marzi (Saxophone); Federico Sanesi (Percussion); Federico Sanesi (Tabla)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : Desafinado
  • Performers: Mario Marzi (Saxophone); Federico Sanesi (Tabla); Federico Sanesi (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : Meditaçao (Meditation), song
  • Performers: Mario Marzi (Saxophone); Simone Zanchini (Accordion); Federico Sanesi (Percussion); Federico Sanesi (Tabla)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : Water to drink
  • Performers: Federico Sanesi (Tabla); Federico Sanesi (Percussion); Mario Marzi (Saxophone)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : The Waters of March
  • Performers: Mario Marzi (Saxophone); Federico Sanesi (Tabla); Federico Sanesi (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: March

>Vinícius de Moraes (1913 - 1980) : So Danco Samba
  • Performers: Federico Sanesi (Tabla); Mario Marzi (Saxophone); Simone Zanchini (Accordion); Federico Sanesi (Percussion)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Antonio Carlos Jobim (1927 - 1994).
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern