Urubu (Remastered) Antonio Carlos Jobim

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Label: Warner Music Group

Genre: Latin

Subgenre: Bossa Nova

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  • 1O Boto06:10
  • 2Ligia04:13
  • 3Correnteza (The Stream)02:43
  • 4Angela02:51
  • 5Saudade Do Brasil07:25
  • 6Valse03:16
  • 7Arquitetura De Morar (Architecture to Live)08:09
  • 8O Homem (Man)02:31
  • Total Runtime37:18

Info for Urubu (Remastered)

Most surprising of all Jobim's albums this one recorded in US in 1975 brings the spirit of the 70's in it's opening song Bôto in which Jobim seem to use all possible Brazilian sounds, starting from berimbao, various percussions and whistling, backed up by electric piano, strings and strong 70's based arrangement with a lot of flutes and beautiful voice of Miucha. Listening to this masterpiece, the one feels like being placed somewhere in Amazona rain forrest listening to the strange sounds comming from the weird animal life of South America. Excerpts from this wonderful song later appear in Jobim's soundtrack for the film Gabriela and also in the song of the same name from albums Passarim and Rio Revisited. Then follows very jazzy version of Ligia and somewhat more conventional Correnteza in which Jobim also cites himself at the end where he uses phrase from Estrada Branca - This Happy Madness. The final ballad Angela concludes this part. If you listened to this recording on conventional 12' record player, after turning the record you'd be really suprised, because from the other side a real symphony begins. That's right, a symphonic orchestra, arranged and conducted by great Claus Ogerman makes you feel like listening to Mahler, Ravel or Debussy, a real impressionistic image of how great composer Jobim sees his homeland. This is a revelation for all classical music lovers and it shows that in some other time Jobim would probably be a very serious classical music composer, making symphonies that would now be performed in operas all around the world.

'Urubu (1978) is a single 1978 album that includes English translations of the Portuguese lyrics and lush, intriguing Claus Ogerman arrangements. The front four tracks feature Jobim's nicely throaty vocals, suffused with smoke and passion, deeper than Jo Gilberto but just as intimate-on four lesser-known tunes, including the funfilled 'Büto (Porpoise)' with Miucha. These are plumped up with harp, cello section (shades of Villa Lobos). The back four-fleshy, fancily chromatic quasi-Baroque toccatas with English horn, piano, strings and voices-sound a tad pompous, though not heavy-handed, by comparison.' (JazzTimes 3/97)

Antonio Carlos Jobim, vocals, piano, Fender Rhodes piano
Miúcha, vocals
Joao Palma, drums
Ray Armando, percussion
Ron Carter, bass
Claus Ogerman, conductor

Recorded at Columbia Recording Studios, New York, New York on October 16-23, 1975

Digitally remastered.

Often hailed as the Gershwin of Brazil, Antonio Carlos Jobim’s songs like ‘Desafinado’, ‘Corvovado’, ‘The Girl From Ipanema’ and ‘One Note Samba’ have become standards of the jazz repertoire. Their graceful, gently swinging melodies and harmonies have since the ‘60s given musicians a strikingly original alternative to the more traditional Tin Pan Alley sources. A sensitive arranger, pianist, guitarist and singer, Jobim has made a significant contribution to the music of the 20th Century, both as a songwriter and musician.

Antonio Carlos Jobim (in Brazil we called him Tom Jobim) is one of the most important composers of the 20th century. His beautiful songs, such as 'The Girl From Ipanema,' 'Desafinado,' 'Corcovado (Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars),' 'Wave,' and 'Waters Of March,' to mention a few, became standards all over the world and were recorded by the greatest singers and musicians of our time.

Tom Jobim's music is unique — his melodies are haunting and the harmonies extremely sophisticated. He is responsible for introducing Brazilian music to the world.

Jobim is the primary founder of a Brazilian musical style that became known as bossa nova in the late '50s. He gained worldwide attention in 1959 with his contributions to the soundtrack for the film Black Orpheus. Shortly after, artists such as João Gilberto began enjoying hits with Jobim's songs. In 1964 Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto's version of 'The Girl From Ipanema' won the GRAMMY for Record Of The Year. Soon, jazz artists and music lovers the world over would embrace bossa nova.

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