Antonio Carlos Jobim: Meditation
Antonio Carlos Jobim (piano, rhythm guitar)
Antonio Carlos Jobim The Composer of Desafinado, Plays (Verve V-8547)
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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Tags: bossa nova