Antonio Carlos Jobim: Andorinha
Antonio Carlos Jobim (piano, composer)
Stone Flower (Epic/Legacy EK 61616)
Joe Farrell (soprano sax), Everaldo Ferriera (percussion), Joao Palm (percussion, drums).
Composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim.
Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, May 16-22, 1970
Rating: 84/100 (learn more)
"Andorinha" sounds like most Jobim from the era, complete with a few added musical features. The electric keyboards are phased out so heavily for the first minute that it is tough to suss out exactly what is being played. However, trombonist Urbie Green appears amidst the lush density of the string section, and the electric piano, while distorted, plays some lovely romantic figures while expressing an interest in musical modernity.
The amount of gain on Jobim's keyboard sounds similar to what was used on the Herbie Hancock recording Crossings-meaning that the same industry standards sweeten this track that were prevalent throughout most music cut in 1970. The influence of albums such as Miles in the Sky and Files de Kilimanjaro dominates, and, even though this music is in no way as adventurous as what was laid down on those classic platters, the production choices prove that Jobim and his compatriots were, at least, digesting their contents.
Once the initial delay effects are spaced out somewhat, Green is allowed to chime in with his usual laid-backness. However, the track is lazily brought to a close, petering out in the second half. Given the crypticness of the initial portion, the tune falls short of its goal of bringing Bossa Nova to the moon.
Reviewer: Marcus Singletary