Bim Bom: The Complete João Gilberto Songbook

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Brazil is unusually rich in excellent singers, but even in a crowded field of brilliant vocalists, Ithamara Koorax stands out (and not only because she has the most awesome name in all of jazz). In a way, this album comes as something of a surprise -- João Gilberto is such an important name in Brazilian music that it's difficult to believe that either his entire compositional output can fit on a single disc, or that a "songbook" project like this has never been attempted. But both actually seem to be the case, and it's hard to imagine a better pair to take on the project than Koorax and the equally gifted guitarist Juarez Moreira. Both the singing and the playing are ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Brazil is unusually rich in excellent singers, but even in a crowded field of brilliant vocalists, Ithamara Koorax stands out (and not only because she has the most awesome name in all of jazz). In a way, this album comes as something of a surprise -- João Gilberto is such an important name in Brazilian music that it's difficult to believe that either his entire compositional output can fit on a single disc, or that a "songbook" project like this has never been attempted. But both actually seem to be the case, and it's hard to imagine a better pair to take on the project than Koorax and the equally gifted guitarist Juarez Moreira. Both the singing and the playing are consistently brilliant throughout the program -- while the guitar instrumental "An Embrace to Bonfá" is pretty but unexceptional, the songs are all gems, from the sweet and tender "Hô-Bá-Lá-Lá" to the nimbly jazzy "Bim Bom," and from the lightly dancing "Minha Saudade" to the simple and heartbreakingly beautiful "Undiu." The latter exemplifies one of Gilberto's interesting tendencies -- writing songs composed of either a single word ("Undiu") or no words at all, only vocalese ("Valsa (Bebel)"). Absolutely wonderful.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/13/2009
  • Label: Motema Music
  • UPC: 181212000306
  • Catalog Number: 30
  • Sales rank: 244,731

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bim Bom (2:17)
  2. 2 Hô-Bá-Lá-Lá (4:59)
  3. 3 Forgotten Places (4:08)
  4. 4 Minha Saudade (2:28)
  5. 5 Você Esteve Com Meu Bem? (3:06)
  6. 6 Valsa (Bebel) (4:31)
  7. 7 An Embrace to Bonfá (2:54)
  8. 8 Glass Beads (2:24)
  9. 9 João Marcelo (2:20)
  10. 10 Undiu (5:09)
  11. 11 Acapulco (3:04)
  12. 12 Hô-Bá-Lá-Lá (3:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ithamara Koorax Primary Artist, Vocals
Juarez Moreira Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Technical Credits
João Gilberto Composer
Claus Ogerman Arranger, Adaptation
Aloysio de Oliveira Composer, Lyricist
Arnaldo DeSouteiro Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes
João Donato Composer
Ira Gitler Liner Notes
Helena Santiago Executive Producer
Juarez Moreira Arranger
Lysias Enio Composer, Lyricist
Alex Henderson Liner Notes
Ithamara Koorax Arranger
Jana Herzen Liner Notes
Gê Alves Pinto Cover Art
Geraldo Brandão Engineer
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