Antonio Carlos Jobim: Chega de Saudade


Chega de Saudade


Antonio Carlos Jobim (piano, rhythm guitar)


Antonio Carlos Jobim The Composer of Desafinado, Plays (Verve V-8547)

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Antonio Carlos Jobim (piano, rhythm guitar), Jimmy Cleveland (trombone), Leo Wright (flute),

George Duvivier (bass)


Strings arranged by Claus Ogerman. Composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes


Recorded: New York, May 9 and 10, 1963


Rating: 94/100 (learn more)

This melody swings through a series of upward shifts, conveying optimism and hope. In the original lyrics by Vinicius de Moraes, Jobim’s poet partner, the singer has had enough of “saudade” (sa-oo-DA-dgee), that idiomatic mix of emptiness and longing that roughly equates to “the blues” in English. This was the first Jobim tune that João Gilberto ever recorded, and the title of his 1959 debut album; for many, “Chega de Saudade” marks the true beginning of bossa nova. This instrumental version features Claus Ogerman’s string arrangements; never soppy or overbearing, they provide a lush cushion for Jobim’s one-finger piano.

Reviewer: Judith Schlesinger

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