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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:

Now this is seriously cool!
Released on the Verve label in 1962, Jazz Samba was the first major bossa-nova album on the American jazz scene. It is possibly the biggest selling jazz LP ever.
Recorded at All Souls Unitarian Church, Washington, DC on 13 February 1962:
Bass-Keter Betts, Gene (Joe) Byrd
Drums- Buddy Deppenschmidt, Bill Reichenbach
Tenor sax-Stan Getz
Guitar- Charlie Byrd
Featured composers: Antonio Carlos Jobim, Newton Mendonça, Charlie Byrd Jayme Silva, Neuza Teixeira,Baden Powell, Billy Blanco, Ary Barroso.

The track Desafinado won Getz the Grammy for Best Jazz Performance of 1963, and the 7” 45 rpm issue is here also.