Antonio Carlos (“Tom”) Jobim (1925-1994) was one of the primary forces behind bossa nova music, and his songs have become standards that have been recorded by numerous artists, including Frank Sinatra, who recorded an album with him in 1967, Francis Albert Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim. Possibly his most-familiar song is Garota de Ipanema (“The Girl From Ipanema”); the best-known recording of the song was by Stan Getz, João Gilberto and his wife, Astrud, on the 1963 album Getz/Gilberto, which popularized bossa nova in the United States. (Though one of my favorite songs of all time, I chose not to include it here.)
The hardest thing about doing a “Two for Tuesday” on Jobim is that there are just so many songs of his that I love. I chose two of my favorites: “Wave,” recorded live for Japanese TV (I’m unsure of the date), and “Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars),” from his 1962 debut album, The Composer of Desafinado Plays. A lot of his music is available on YouTube, including a number of full albums. A couple of my favorite albums, largely compilations of previously-recorded material, are Verve Jazz Masters 13: Antonio Carlos Jobim, Antonio Carlos Jobim’s Finest Hour, and Compact Jazz: Antonio Carlos Jobim.
Enjoy Tom Jobim, you Two for Tuesday, July 16, 2013.