Joćo Gilberto: Fotografia

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Fotografia

Artist

JoĆ£o Gilberto (guitar, vocals)

CD

Ao Vivo: Eu Sei Que Vou Te Amar (Sony 81513)

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Musicians:

JoĆ£o Gilberto (guitar, vocals).

Composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim

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Recorded: Sao Paulo, Brazil, April 13, 1994

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Rating: 97/100 (learn more)

Gilberto's importance to bossa nova is well known and his recorded output so vast, one might wonder why this track warrants special attention. First, the composition is among Jobim's lesser-known gems, with his own particularly beautiful lyrics. Second is Gilberto's ability to draw in audiences with the illusion of intimacy, even in a large performance venue. No matter how many of his compatriots might have attended, it is still just about Joćo and his guitar. Lastly is Gilberto's interpretation. By 1994, he had performed this song innumerable times and yet this performance retains a subtle vitality. Most of its propulsion comes from the tension between the insistent rhythmic guitar patterns and the achingly slow, rubato lyrics. This performance is masterful in its simplicity and illustrates the great nuance for which Gilberto was praised throughout his career.

Reviewer: Mark Lomanno

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