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Antonio Carlos Jobim – Stone Flower – CTI Records/Speakers Corner

Antonio Carlos Jobim – Stone Flower – CTI Records/Speakers Corner

This vinyl-remastering of classic Jobim is stunning! Antonio Carlos Jobim – Stone Flower – CTI Records CTI 6002 (1970)/Speakers Corner (2015) 180-gram stereo vinyl, 33:47 *****: (Antonio Carlos Jobim – piano, electric piano, guitar, vocals; Eumir Deodato – guitar, arrangements; Ron Carter – bass; Joao Palma – drums; Airto Moreira – percussion; Everaldo Ferreira – percussion; Urbie Green – trombone; Joe Farrell – soprano saxophone; Hubert Laws – flute; Harry Lookofsky – violin) Antonio Carlos Jobim represents the global face of bossa nova and Brazilian music. While he did not invent the genre, he significantly contributed to its global ascension. Jobim was an early proponent of exposing the instrumentalists and singers of bossa nova to a larger audience. In 1964, his collaboration with Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto (Getz/Gilberto), became a sensation winning the Grammy for Best Album Of The Year, a feat unheard of for a jazz record. The two singles from Getz/Gilberto (“The Girl From Ipanema” and “Corcovado”) were hits and launched the career of Astrid Gilberto. Just over 33 minutes, musical history changed forever. In 1967, Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim achieved critical and commercial success injecting the Brazilian artist into American pop culture. Jobim […]

The Verve Jazz Ensemble — Swing-A-Nova — VerveJazz

The Verve Jazz Ensemble — Swing-A-Nova — VerveJazz

The Verve Jazz Ensemble — Swing-A-Nova — VerveJazz 45:20 ]Available On Amazon MP3]*** A swinging release filled with a sense of energy.  ( Josh Feldstein – drums/leader; Steve Einerson – piano; Elias Bailey – bass; Tatum Greenblatt – trumpet #3,4,9) Nicely nestled among a string of other jazz releases comes Swing-A-Nova by The Verve Jazz Ensemble. A charming straight-ahead session that features a potpourri of bop and bossa/Latin jazz favs, which capitalizes on this energetic trio’s technique. Toss in trumpeter Tatum Greenblatt on three tracks, and that results in a quality exploration of the material. Looking to make a statement from the get go, the band takes “’Tis Autumn” at a turbo charged tempo but everyone stays in control with this frontal attack. Clearly unafraid of such up-tempo excursions, the band with the addition of trumpeter Tatum Greenblatt, dives into Cole Porter’s “From This Moment On” which features a smart series of exchanges between and Greenblatt and drummer Feldstein. Wayne Shorter’s “Speak No Evil” is offered with a bossa nova beat that is pitch perfect as Steve Einerson piano delivers a sense of promise that is pushed along by bassist Bailey’s big tone and drummer Feldstein deft rhythmic groove. The […]

Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto  – Getz/Gilberto ’76 – Resonance / Stan Getz – Moments in Time – Resonance

Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto – Getz/Gilberto ’76 – Resonance / Stan Getz – Moments in Time – Resonance

Two more archival historical releases from Resonance Records- Getz/Gilberto ’76 & Moments in Time… Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto  – Getz/Gilberto ’76 – Resonance HCD 2021, 55:15 ****: (Stan Getz – tenor sax; Joao Gilberto – vocals, guitar; Joanne Brackeen – piano; Clint Houston – bass; Billy Hart – drums) Stan Getz – Moments in Time – Resonance HCD 2020, 64:41 ****1/2: (Stan Getz – tenor sax; Joanne Brackeen – piano; Clint Houston – bass; Billy Hart – drums) In early 1962 Stan Getz helped bring bossa nova to mainstream American audiences with the Jazz Samba recording with guitarist Charlie Byrd. In March 1964, he furthered the bossa nova craze by bringing famed Brazilian guitarist Joao Gilberto and pianist/composer Antonio Carlos Jobim to New York City to record Getz/Gilberto. It became one of the best selling jazz albums of all time and featured “The Girl from Ipanema” sung by Joao’s wife, Astrud Gilberto. Its intoxicating sensual groove proved irresistible to American audiences. Getz soon returned to straight-ahead jazz as well as fusion, and recorded with Gary Burton, Chick Corea, and Bill Evans.  In May 1975, Stan reunited with Gilberto to record The Best of Two Worlds. It was released in […]