Antonio Carlos Jobim (1927-1994)

Antonio Carlos Jobim is one of my favorite composers. I am often surprised at how many people don’t recognize the name because I am certain almost anyone over the age of 35 knows at least some of his tunes whether they realize it or not.

Jobim’s most well known compositions are The Girl from Ipanema, Desafinado, How Insensitive, One Note Samba, Corcovado, Aguas De Marco, Once I Loved and Wave. And there are many, many more.

There is a gem of an album called The Unknown (Antonio Carlos Jobim). This album has an interesting history.The story is that this album is the product of a private commission by the Odebrecht Corporation to be released in an extremely limited edition then distributed as Christmas gifts to a favored few. The album was unavailable to the general public for quite some time until finally released in Brazil only in limited edition by the corporation. Now it is available to all. There are 24 tracks on this album and this is a good place for anyone to sample the master’s work.

Erroll Garner (1921-1977)

September marked the 50th anniversary of the recording of jazz pianist Erroll Garner‘s classic album Concert By the Sea. Sony Records celebrates the anniversary of this classic record with the two-CD set called The Complete Concert By the Sea.

The entire concert is now available which includes many previously unreleased tracks plus a rare interview with Garner. A recent documentary called Erroll Garner (No One Can Hear You Read) is also available on DVD.

Garner was immensely popular during his short life but for some inexplicable reason has sort of fallen off the radar since 1977. These two projects hopefully rectify that situation.