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Category Archives: Joao Gilberto

I’ve been listening to this LP a lot recently and I’ve come to the conclusion that if you only ever listen to one Bossa Nova record then this should be the one.

Well, here in the northern half of the planet we are now in the grips of winter…when everything is grey and bleak just remember- after 23rd December summer is on it’s way!

In the picture are: Sylva Koscina, João Gilberto, Tom Jobim & Mylene Demongeot

The bossa nova phenomenon reached the United States via Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd’s Jazz Samba LP. A Brazilian diplomat who wanted to promote the country’s musical accomplishments abroad hit on the idea of putting on a major bossa nova concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall.
The show, in November of 1962, featured a mouth watering array of Brazilian musicians (Jobim, Bonfa, Sergio Mendes, Joao Gilberto, Milton Banana…), but the concert was not a critical success. The Brazilians did not take too well to November in the Northern Hemisphere. Brazilian critics disapproved of the use of English translations. However, the Carnegie Hall concert succeeded in raising the profile of Brazilian writers and performers- Bonfa and Mendes became long term USA residents whilst Jobim enjoyed collaborations with a host of American performers.
This concert has been reissued on CD a couple of times, but I don’t think that it’s currently available.

Antonio Carlos Brasileiro de Almeida Jobim (aka Tom Jobim or Antonio Carlos Jobim -1927-1994) was a giant of Brazilian music who has been hailed as one of the most influential composers of the 20th century. He was central to bringing Brazilian music to a global audience and many of his compositions have become jazz standards. His works are almost ubiquitous- it seems that his name appears somewhere in the credits of just about any bossa nova or easy listening LP that you pick up! Of course, I’m exaggerating here, but the worldwide popularity of what is now instantly recognizable as Brazilian music owes a great deal to the canon of this remarkable gentleman.
By the way- if you’re off to Rio for the World Cup (2014) or the Olympic Games (2016) you will notice that The Rio de Janeiro international airport is named in his honour.

This LP, which features contributions from Stan Getz, Elis Regina, The Stan Getz Joao Gilberto Quintet, Astrud Gilberto and the Nelson Riddle orchestra, as well as performances by Jobim himself, is the closest you can get to a satisfactory anthology of his work on one record. Link:

Lovely classic from Joao Gilberto first released in 1973- very bare sound, almost hypnotic at times- Joao’s voice and guitar- percussion by Sonny Carr.
Sometimes referred to as The White Album.