Carlos Jobim - Unknown label (continued)
Various Artists, "Leopard Lounge", Unknown label [import] #622057 (2006).[LP Compilation]
This LP Compilation contains Tom Jobim performing his own composition "Surfboard".
Various Artists, "Latin Grooves", unknown label [import] #982283 (2006).[2-CD Compilation Set]
This compilation includes Walter Wanderley performing Jobim's "Samba de Uma Nota Só".
These other Jobim compositions are also included:
Garota de Ipanema
So Danço Samba
Various Artists, "Meetic", Unknown label [import] #655595 (2007).[CD Compilation]
This Compilation contains Sergio Mendes performing Jobim's "Corcovado".
Various Artists, "The Very Best of Latin Jazz", Unknown label [import] #1104609 (2007).[2-CD Compilation Set]
This CD Compilation Set contains Jobim's "Agua de Beber". It also
contains Jobim's "The Girl From Ipanema" with Jobim on piano.
Michael Benedict, "Jazz Vibes - The New Beat", Unknown label #794465844629 (2007).[CD]
Includes Jobim's songs: "Triste", "Desafinado" and "One Note Samba"
From the chilly reaches of upstate New York, come the sunny stylings of
the The New Beat as fashioned by Michael Benedict’s new group Jazz
Vibes. Multi-Instrumentalist Benedict is a mainstay of the upstate NY
jazz scene having fronted a big band there for several years and is a
veteran of such diverse groups as the Loren Schoenberg and J.R.
Montrose bands, as well as the Spike Jones Orchestra. This new small
group allows Benedict to switch gears after disbanding his big band of
over 10 years and work in a much more intimate musical environment. It
was time for Benedict to feed another side of his musical personality.
The New Beat of the title refers as much to Benedict’s switching of
musical gears as it does to the music itself. The collection opens with
the first of three featured Antonio Carlos Jobim compositions, Triste.
The group launches right into the New Beat with Benedict and pianist
Greg Speck contributing very musical solos before a percussion break
with Brian Melick. Triste is followed by another timeless Jobim
composition, Desafinado. Benedict & Co. give this one a nice smoky
after-hours feel. The fluidity of Benedict’s vibraphone chops are well
suited to this “Off-Key” samba and the rhythm section smolders suitably
behind Benedict. The group ratchets things up with a positively groovy
reading of Mongo Santamaria’s timeless classic Afro-Blue popularized in
the sixties by recordings of the tune by John Coltrane and Cal Tjader.
Benedict really cuts loose on this one before handing things over to
pianist Speck with percussionist Melick and drummer Mark Foster cutting
loose. All are securely anchored by bassist Linda Brown. A good time is
clearly being had by all. Next up is a composition by the late, great,
and sadly underappreciated Gary McFarland. McFarland, who also played
vibes, distinguished himself as a composer and arranger of the highest
order in the early sixties New York City jazz scene. He died under
murky circumstances in 1971 at the young age of 38. The track recorded
here is the melancholy Eye of the Devil originally composed in 1966 for
the film of the same name starring David Niven and Sharon Tate. It is a
sad and wistful piece that stays with you long after the recording has
faded to a close. McFarland was one of a handful of American jazz
musicians who truly understood the delicate beauty of the bossa nova.
One of Gary McFarland’s biggest musical influences was Miles Davis, and
Davis’ composition Boplicity from the Birth of the Cool recordings of
1949 is given a rousing samba workout by the group. The Birth of the
Cool recordings, along with those by Cool alumni Gerry Mulligan with
Chet Baker were some of the biggest influences on the burgeoning
bossa-novers in early fifties Brazil, so this composition’s inclusion
here is very much in keeping with the “New Beat” theme of this album.
The second composition on this album stemming from a film production
comes via Luiz Bonfa’s theme for Marcel Camus’ film production of Black
Orfeus, the film that single-handedly launched the bossa-nova craze
outside of Brazil. It is an instantly recognizable tune that never
grows old. Filled with the wistful c’est le vie sadness that
characterizes much of the bossa nova movement, Benedict’s group gives
this one a slightly up-tempo reading that loses none of the emotion
inherent in this timeless song. Returning to the Gary McFarland
songbook Benedict covers McFarland’s homage to Jobim, Once We Loved.
Bursting with beauty and sadness, this composition made its debut on
McFarland’s 1966 Verve disc, Soft Samba Strings and Benedict &
Company’s reading is one of the best, a quietly soulful iteration. It
should be noted that Michael Benedict’s inclusion of two Gary McFarland
songs is no coincidence. Originally hired by Gary McFarland’s widow
Gail as a music teacher for their son Milo, Benedict and Gail have been
married for over 25 years and have a daughter of their own. Closing out
this collection is the last of the Jobim songs, One Note Samba, a
light-hearted and humorous composition that ends this collection on a
high note. At the end of this collection it is clear that this music is
as much a part of Michael Benedict’s musical soul as the big band he
fronted for so many years. The joy apparent in this collection is
simply infectious. There will no doubt be many more recordings to come
from Michael Benedict Jazz Vibes. The group already sounds like it’s
been together for 10 years! Kristian St.Clair Film Producer of This Is
Various Artists, "We Love Bossa Nova - Bossa Nova 50th
Anniversary CD", Unknown label [Japan] #UCCD-1173 (2008).[CD
Tom Jobim performs on this compilation and his compositions are also indicated in the below tracklist.
Tracklist and Performers:
1. GIRL FROM IPANEMA,THE/ STAN GETZ & JOAO GILBERTO (Jobim)
2. MAS QUE NADA/ SERGIO MENDES & BRASIL'66
3. AGUA DE BEBER/ ASTRUD GILBERTO (Jobim)
4. BATUCADA/ MARCOS VALLE
5. WAVE/ ANTONIO CARLOS JOBIM (Jobim)
6. SO DANÇO SAMBA/ STAN GETZ & JOAO GILBERTO (Jobim)
7. ONE NOTE SAMBA/ ANTONIO CARLOS JOBIM (Jobim)
8. FLY ME TO THE MOON/ ASTRUD GILBERTO
9. DESAFINADO/ STAN GETZ & CHARLIE BYRD (Jobim)
10. LOOK OF LOVE, THE/ SERGIO MENDES & BRASIL'66
11. MANHA DE CARNAVAL(MORNING OF THE CARNIVAL)/ LUIZ BONFA
12. CORCOVADO/ STAN GETZ & JOAO GILBERTO (Jobim)
13. SO NICE (SUMMER SAMBA)/ ASTRUD GILBERTO & WALTER WANDERLEY
14. AGUAS DE MARÇO/ ANTONIO CARLOS JOBIM (Jobim)
15. CHEGA DE SAUDADE/ ANTONIO CARLOS JOBIM (Jobim)