Antonio Carlos Jobim: The Red Blouse


The Red Blouse


Antonio Carlos Jobim (piano, guitar)


Wave (A&M 812)

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Antonio Carlos Jobim (piano, guitar),

Joseph Singer (flugelhorn), Urbie Green, Jimmy Cleveland (trombones), Jerome Richardson (flute, piccolo), Ray Beckenstein, Romeo Penque (flutes), Ron Carter (bass), Claudio Slon (drums), Dom Um Romao, Bobby Rosengarden (percussion), 17-piece string section


Composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim; arranged & conducted by Claus Ogerman


Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, May 22-24 and June 15, 1967


Rating: 93/100 (learn more)

Jobim's first A&M recording wraps his minimalist compositional style around Claus Ogerman's lush strings and horns and producer Creed Taylor's thick wall of reverb. No real rough edges exist, but the track's main theme is striking and the production does not detract from the performance. A minimum of forcefulness is provided by Ron Carter, whose deep, active walking basslines provide counterpoint to Jobim's understated glissandos. Together, these elements drape the track in sonic regality and, even though the recording methods may have been modernized on this recording, the track remains an essential part of a historic album of jazz pacesetters.

Reviewer: Marcus Singletary

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