Antonio Carlos Jobim (1927-1994)

Antonio Carlos Jobim (nicknamed “Tom”) was a Brazilian composer. His music became famous throughout the world in the 1960’s through various hits like “The Girl from Ipanema” and “Corcovado” but he accomplished so much more. His music was part of the soundtrack of my childhood like that of The Beatles and Bacharach. These influences are obvious in my own music and I acknowledge that gladly.

Summer is the season I live for and summer always puts me in the mood for Jobim. So for the past few weeks and for a at least a few weeks to come I have and will be listening to Jobim’s entire canon. His usual arranger Claus Ogerman is also a genius in my opinion and there are many records and many compositions to dwell upon from 1962 right up to 1994.

Summer is Jobim.

Elis and Tom (1974)

“Elis and Tom” (Elis Regina and Antonio “Tom” Jobim) is the title of an album recorded in L.A. in 1974. It was not released in the U.S. until 1989 but I found a copy of it years before 1989 and it has always been a favorite of mine. Perhaps the reason it was not released in this country until 15 years after it was recorded is because the lyrics are in Portuguese.

It is a classic recording of Jobim tunes and Elis was a great Brazilian singer. For many Brazilians she was the greatest singer and Jobim their greatest contemporary composer.

The recording is at times sparse and at times lush and the arrangements are, in my opinion, magnificent.

Elis died at the age of 37 in 1982 from an accidental overdose. Jobim passed away on December 8, 1994 at the age of 67.

This is a great recording that I keep coming back to and in 2004 a remaster was done which includes a 5 to 1 DVD mix.