Antonio Carlos Jobim: Meditation




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), Edison Machado (drums)


Strings arranged by Claus Ogerman. Composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim


Recorded: New York, May 9 and 10, 1963


Rating: 93/100 (learn more)

This Verve album, Jobim’s first as leader, was quickly assembled to capitalize on the meteoric success of “Girl from Ipanema” and “Desafinado.” “Meditation” is a simple but nicely balanced tune; covered by talents as disparate as Andy Williams and Frank Sinatra, and Dexter Gordon and Paul Horn, it long ago moved out of the novelty bossa nova category into designation as a jazz standard. In fact, of the dozen songs on this album, probably ten have achieved that status, forming the core group of Jobim classics. The instrumentation here, especially Jimmy Cleveland’s trombone, is particularly expressive.

Reviewer: Judith Schlesinger

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  • 1 Bruce Armstrong // Jul 24, 2008 at 10:38 PM
    This album came out just as I started college and made a profound impact on me as a musician. The beautiful melodies of Jobim and the perfect orchestrations of Claus Ogerman stand the test of time. This is an album that should be owned by every musician.
  • 2 Steve Starr // Jan 26, 2009 at 05:09 PM
    Although this album came out in the early 60's...Jobim's music and the arrangements are TIMELESS. Of my 1750 albums this one is my personal favorite.