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5.0 out of 5 stars six stars, 8 Jun 2011
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This review is from: The Wonderful World Of Antonio Carlos Jobim (Audio CD)
For me, this album has some of the most beautiful music I have ever heard.
Anyone who has ever truly loved will understand how Jobim conveys this with the control of a maestro mixed with the innocent optimism of a child.
A rare talent who gives a voice to the beauty of things we may overlook, it's good to know that he was recognised by his work with the likes of Sinatra.
I would recommend anything by him....but this album is quite simply perfect.
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Initial post: 10 Aug 2011 15:26:56 BDT
Anyone who can enjoy both Jobim and Absolutely Free has got to be a cool guy. Although I've been listening to Jobim for many years, my listening hasn't done him justice and I'm having a blitz on his work at the moment. I agree with everything you say about him and looking forward greatly to the release of his biography in the autumn.

I feel that Jobim met a lot of pain in his life and I believe the great profundity of his songwriting (and his singing) reflects that. He was clearly a beautiful guy.

Thanks for your review.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jul 2012 21:51:22 BDT
prof says:
Thankyou very much for your reply....I have never looked at my reviews on Amazon as I generally use it for purchasing things. It's nice to connect with someone who appreciates Jobim...I'm no expert...but when you hear music that truly moves you, it's very meaningful.
I totally agree with you both about his writing and his singing....his voice,while sounding a bit lacking in confidence...suits the lyrics so perfectly.
I hope your blitz of his work is going well...just been listening to Elis And Tom album which is really lovely and a bit more experimental in his composition and arrangements.
I will look out for the biography.
Best wishes

Prof

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Oct 2013 15:06:59 BDT
Sorry it has taken so long to get back to you. I'm getting on a bit and tend to forget everything nowadays. The biography is fascinating- written by his sister and- given its sub-title 'an Illuminated Man' and no pun intended, it is extremely illuminating regarding many formative incidents in his life. Mostly it reads well although some of the translation is a little off.

As for Elis and Tom what a remarkable album that is! I don't know whether you know that some of their session and their rehearsals for the session were filmed and can be found on Youtube. Their duet on Aguas de Marco is there and touching it is to see all these years later.

Don't know whether you are aware of Edu Lobo, a remarkable exponent of bossa. Edu and Tom were close friends and recorded an album together, Edu and Tom, which is a selection of performances of their songs. It doesn't have quite the charm of Elis and Tom but is still very beautiful. Edu is also a composer of great originality and his albums are beautiful, although extremely expensive in the UK- unless you're lucky!
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