Sinatra Jobim Complete Reprise Recordings

The original 1967 collaboration between Frank Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim, the Brazilian musician whose compositions were the best international ambassadors of bossanova, is quite simply one of the most beautiful realizations of popular music you’ll ever come upon. In Rio slang “bossa” means “shrewdness,” and Sinatra, recognizing no doubt that the new shrewdness, in its gentle, intimate undulations of sound and sense, gave fresh life to the old one, of which he was past master, tums in the most concentrated performances of his later career. This welcome reissue includes ten tracks from a less well-known session recorded two years later, with arrangements by Eumir Deodato; it’s not quite as good as the first set, but then almost nothing is.