Quarteto Jobim Morelenbaum

Quarteto Jobim Morelenbaum

by Quarteto Jobim-Morelenbaum
     
 
Talk about brand-name recognition. Brazilophiles would have high hopes for any ensemble trading on the names of bossa nova originator Tom Jobim and Caetano Veloso's longtime music director Jaques Morelenbaum. And with impeccable taste, tactful restraint, and effortless musicality, the Quartet delivers on this collection of bossa nova classics. Jobim's son Paulo (piano

Overview

Talk about brand-name recognition. Brazilophiles would have high hopes for any ensemble trading on the names of bossa nova originator Tom Jobim and Caetano Veloso's longtime music director Jaques Morelenbaum. And with impeccable taste, tactful restraint, and effortless musicality, the Quartet delivers on this collection of bossa nova classics. Jobim's son Paulo (piano, vocals) and grandson Daniel (guitar, vocals) join Morelenbaum on cello and his vocalist wife Paula to perform such songs as "Agua de Beber," "Corcovado," and "Aguas de Marco." As on Veloso's albums, Morelenbaum's cello performances play a unique, original role in the rendition of these Jobim classics. In "Meditação," the cello winds an especially quixotic solo in between Paulo's and Paula's seamless vocal duets. Paulo Jobim proves to be well-versed in bossa guitar à la João Gilberto, made evident in his performance on "Eu Eo Meu Amor/Lamento No Morro" and others. And Tom's son writes as well, contributing the percussive, orchestral instrumental "Mantiqueira Range," composed with Ronaldo Bastos. Caetano Veloso calls this quartet "a miracle that happened as if it were a simple daily occurrence," which seems like a recipe for the kind of pure musical craftsmanship you'll find here.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
The Jobim in Quarteto Jobim-Morelenbaum isn't the late Antonio Carlos Jobim, who was rightly exalted as "The George Gershwin of Brazil" and wrote such well known standards as "Wave," "The Girl from Ipanema," "Chega de Saudade (No More Blues)," "One Note Samba," and "Triste." However, this Brazilian foursome does boast two of Jobim's relatives, including his son Paulo and his grandson Daniel. With Paulo on guitar and vocals, Daniel on piano and vocals, Paula Morelenbaum on vocals, and Jacques Morelenbaum on cello, Quarteto Jobim-Morelenbaum provides an enjoyable, if conventional, bossa nova CD that isn't unlike the recordings that João and Astrud Gilberto, Stan Getz, Charlie Byrd, and others provided in the early '60s. You won't find a lot of surprises on this tribute to Antonio Carlos Jobim -- "Corcovado," "Desafinado," "Agua de Beber," and "Waters of March" are standards that jazz and Brazilian pop artists have recorded countless times over the years, and Quarteto Jobim-Morelenbaum doesn't bring anything new or out of the ordinary to them. The most chance-taking track is Paolo's "Mantiqueira Range," a jazz instrumental that gives Jaques a chance to let loose on cello. Nonetheless, this is a pleasant and sincere tribute, if a generally predictable one; but because Paula and Daniel sing with such soul and charisma, you're inclined to be forgiving. These artists have a lot of talent; hopefully, they'll take more chances on future albums.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/16/2000
Label:
VELAS
UPC:
0692057100125
catalogNumber:
1001

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Quarteto Jobim-Morelenbaum   Primary Artist
Zeca Assumpção   Bass
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Track Performer
Paulo Jobim   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Jaques Morelenbaum   Cello,Group Member
Marcos Suzano   Percussion
Daniel Jobim   Piano,Vocals,Group Member
Paula Morelenbaum   Vocals,Group Member
Marcelo Costa   Percussion,Drums,Bateria,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Norman Gimbel   Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Virginia Casé   Executive Producer
Ronaldo Lima   Engineer
Newton Mendonça   Composer

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