When Elis Regina and Antonio Carlos Jobim came together to record this album in 1974, she -- at 29 -- was already considered one of Brazil's greatest singers, and he was renowned as one of the country's most beloved songwriters. Yet the two luminaries hardly knew each other and reportedly were actually nervous about meeting. The chemistry once they sat down to record, though, is now legendary -- and palpable on this seminal recording. The record opens with Jobim's famous "Aguas De Março" (Waters of March). Though it wasn't the first recording of the song, the duo's laughing exchanges and Regina's easy yet precise mastery made this version definitive. Regina also puts her stamp on Jobim classics such as "Triste" and "Corcovado." Elsewhere the duo and their understated accompaniment alternate between laid-back syncopated swing and slower songs that showcase the emotional range of Regina's celebrated instrument. Rightfully considered a classic, this album represents two musical giants at the height of their powers. Regina -- who died of an overdose at 37 -- sings with power, delicacy, swing and emotion; while Jobim exudes an avuncular charm that is made up of equal parts elegance and good humor.
Performance CreditsAntonio Carlos Jobim Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Elis Regina Vocals,Track Performer
Chico Batera Percussion
Paulinho Braga Drums
Oscar Castro-Neves Acoustic Guitar
Helio Delmiro Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Luizão Maia Bass
César Camargo Mariano Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Piano
Bill Hitchcock Conductor
Technical CreditsElis Regina Author
Aloysio de Oliveira Producer
Humberto Gatica Engineer
Antonio Carlos Jobim Arranger
Neil Tesser Liner Notes
César Camargo Mariano Arranger
Hollis King Art Direction
Aloysio Oliveira Producer
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Elis & Tom based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Please don't let the fact that this is in Portugese keep you from buying it. Just set back and listen to her voice as an instrucment and it will bring tears to your eyes. For fans of Jobim this is a double treat because it contains some of its best non-bossa nova compositions and shows the true breath and depth of his talents.