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He may be playing Tom Jobim's piano in the bossa nova composer's own home, surrounded by Jobim's longtime musical director, Jaques Morelenbaum, and Morelenbaum's wife, Paula, but Ryuichi Sakamoto puts his own stamp on this florid collection of rarities from the Jobim canon. The atmosphere -- and Casa deceptively so, is all about atmosphere -- is elegant and light, which Sakamoto focuses with his love for French impressionist piano a romance he shared with Jobim. Even when Jobim's son Paulo adds classic bossa nova strum, as on "Amor em Paz," Sakamoto's pointillistic brushes on the keyboard illuminate new vistas, and not always the Rio ones that inspired the musicians as...
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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
He may be playing Tom Jobim's piano in the bossa nova composer's own home, surrounded by Jobim's longtime musical director, Jaques Morelenbaum, and Morelenbaum's wife, Paula, but Ryuichi Sakamoto puts his own stamp on this florid collection of rarities from the Jobim canon. The atmosphere -- and Casa deceptively so, is all about atmosphere -- is elegant and light, which Sakamoto focuses with his love for French impressionist piano a romance he shared with Jobim. Even when Jobim's son Paulo adds classic bossa nova strum, as on "Amor em Paz," Sakamoto's pointillistic brushes on the keyboard illuminate new vistas, and not always the Rio ones that inspired the musicians as they recorded. "Sabiá," in particular sounds like a Chopin étude on holiday. Yet the Franco-Brazilian mix, suffused, of course, with the cool jazz that motivated Jobim as much as the bossa nova motivated Stan Getz and company, is very much at home in Tom's house. At times, the resemblance between Casa and Jobim efforts such as Wave is uncanny. Morelenbaum saws away at his cello in stately splendor, and wife Paula's bell-like tones -- no Astrud Gilberto range problems here -- create beautiful miniatures of unbelievable sophistication, making for a trio whose intricacies rival an orchestra's. As a bonus to their consummate renderings of Jobim's gems, the Morelenbaums and Sakamoto unearth a number of rarities, including Tom's dramatic ode to his wife, "Tema para Ana," and a love note to Michel Legrand, "Chanson pour Michelle." This is profound music, and profoundly lovely. Followers of Jobim and the Morelenbaums' wonderful quartet will welcome Sakamoto with open arms, while fans of the Japanese virtuoso will find their expectations more than met by this Rio reverie.
All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Multiple-threat cellist/arranger Jacques Morelenbaum and his singer/wife, Paula, were a big part of Antonio Carlos Jobim's life in his last decade, touring and recording with him and shaping the music of his last recordings. So it's entirely fitting that the Morelenbaums, along with pianist Ryuichi Sakamoto, should journey to Jobim's idyllic music room in his home above Rio de Janeiro to make some intimate on-the-spot recordings of Jobim's music -- with Sakamoto playing Jobim's own grand piano. Of course, there was more recording done at two other Rio studios -- and two additional tracks were recorded live in Tokyo -- but the ambience of intimacy remains intact throughout the disc. All of the songs here have been published before, many dating from as early as 1958, yet the disc trumpets some recorded premieres of Jobim material, though the booklet doesn't point them out. But there is at least one first recording that can be verified, "Tema Para Ana," a short, attractive duet for cello and piano written for Jobim's wife, Ana, and not published until a year after his death in 1994. Paula's soft, dusky voice -- whether singing in English or Portuguese -- is the personification of the Brazilian beach itself, and Jacques' cello amplifies the element of melancholy that runs through much of Jobim. A lovely rendition of "Song of the Sabia" finds Sakamoto hammering out chords that tie the song to the Chopin E minor prelude, and a nicely swinging "Bonita" has sounds of the sea overdubbed. The trio gets frequent help from ringers like Luis Brasil and Jobim's son, Paulo, on violao guitar, percussionist Marcos Suzano, and bassist Zeca Assumpcao, who impose overt bossa nova grooves on tunes like "O Amor Em Paz" and "O Grande Amor." In addition, Ed Motta's vocals are like a ghostly facsimile of Jobim's own gravelly voice in "Imagina." The last track is a live, untitled free improvisation by Jacques and Sakamoto that acts as a jarring avant-garde postscript to all of the sultry sounds that preceded it. The cover art itself is a classy nostalgia trip, a photograph of Sugar Loaf, the beach at Ipanema, and the surrounding Rio landscape mounted in the sparely elegant style of Creed Taylor's A&M jackets of the late '60s. Nice touch. The US release includes two bonus tracks:
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/20/2002
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998998223
  • Catalog Number: 89982

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 As Praias Desertas - Morelenbaum² (3:50)
  2. 2 O Amor Em Paz - Morelenbaum² (3:51)
  3. 3 Vivo Sonhando (Dreamer) - Morelenbaum² (4:30)
  4. 4 Inútil Paisagem - Morelenbaum² (4:29)
  5. 5 Sabiá - Morelenbaum² (3:49)
  6. 6 Chanson Pour Michelle - Morelenbaum² (3:10)
  7. 7 Bonita - Morelenbaum² (4:22)
  8. 8 Fotografia (Photograph) - Morelenbaum² (4:18)
  9. 9 Imagina - Morelenbaum² (2:18)
  10. 10 Estrada Branca - Morelenbaum² (4:02)
  11. 11 O Grande Amor - Morelenbaum² (4:30)
  12. 12 Canção Em Modo Menor - Morelenbaum² (2:00)
  13. 13 Tema Para Ana - Morelenbaum² (2:07)
  14. 14 Derradeira Primavera - Morelenbaum² (2:21)
  15. 15 Esperança Perdida (I Was Just One More for You) - Morelenbaum² (4:04)
  16. 16 Sem Você - Morelenbaum² (5:07)
  17. 17 Samba Do Avião - Morelenbaum² (5:37)
  18. 18 Improvisation - Morelenbaum² (7:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ryuichi Sakamoto Primary Artist, Piano
Marcos Suzano Percussion
Paula Morelenbaum Vocals, Whisper
Ed Motta Vocals
Jaques Morelenbaum Whisper, Cello
Zeca Assumpção Bass
Luis Brasil Viola
Paulo Jobim Viola
Technical Credits
Hideki Nakajima Art Direction
Ronaldo Lima Engineer
Guilherme Reis Engineer
Naoto Shibuya Engineer
Tomoyuki Tanaka Engineer
Ted Jensen Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Superb...

    Sophisticated, charming, lovely. It gets better everytime I hear it.

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