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Bossa Nova & Brazil - Released November 26, 2010 | Rhino - Warner Records

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In jazz and pop music alike, strings should come with a warning: Please handle with caution – like a vial of nitroglycerine. It’s so easy to surrender to poor taste, or even complete muddiness. Luckily this masterpiece from 1976 avoids all of those pitfalls. Up until this point, João Gilberto was meant to be enjoyed in its purest form: the master of bossa nova, alone with his guitar. With Amoroso, the Brazilian signed a pact with Claus Ogerman, the famous german arranger. An expert in sensual, elegant violins, the man had worked with Antonio Carlos Jobim extensively during the sixties. The pairing of Ogerman and Gilberto seems like a miracle. The repertoire is part Jobim (Wave, Caminhos Cruzados, Triste, Zingaro), and part American standards (’S Wonderful by Gershwin) or from Europe (Spain, with Besame Mucho and d’Italy with Estaté by Brighetti and Martino). João Gilberto gives body and soul in the midst of Ogerman’s strings, which are never heavy, and never obfuscate the singer’s mellow voice. Every moment is an ode to simplicity, elegance and beauty. The ease with which these strangers find each other is astounding. An absolute marvel. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

Bossa Nova & Brazil - Released January 1, 2004 | Verve

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The formula and ingredients might be the same, and yet the magic happens every single time. Every. Single. Time! On Friday, September 12 2003, João Gilberto was alone with his guitar on the stage of room A at the Tokyo International Forum. Venerated in Japan, the four concerts that the Brazilian master gave in the capital and Yokohama were in fact his first! At 71 years old, the father of Bossa Nova was more a hermit than ever, releasing very little music (let us note that the exquisite João Voz e Violão was published three years earlier) and avoiding the stage. For his Japanese first, his voice seemed nestled behind a slight veil, with some hesitating rhythms. But his art was itself intact. His sensual crooning, minimalist chords, unique rhythm and the general simplicity of his music are still as fresh ever. On Jobim classics (Meditação, Corcovado, Wave, Este Seu Olhar, Lígia) or other, rarer songs, João Gilberto is still as moving as they were so many years ago. This Tokyo concert – intimate as can be – doesn’t stand up to the summer of 1985 Live in Montreux, on Elektra/Musician Records, but it’s a wonder to listen to on repeat. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

Bossa Nova & Brazil - Released November 15, 2011 | Rhino - Warner Records


Latin America - Released July 9, 2018 | nagel heyer records


Bossa Nova & Brazil - Released November 1, 2005 | Rhino - Elektra

The eminence grise of bossa nova steps halfway out of the shadows in a performance that, as always, adds new depth to the word reflective. Guitar of perfect simplicity backs vocals at once provisional-seeming and definitive. The songs themselves mix standards like "Aquarela do Brasil" and "Garota de Ipanema" with less familiar songs. ~ John Storm Roberts, Original Music

Jazz - Released January 1, 1991 | Universal Music International Ltda.

Recent but classic jazz-bossa is played by one of its defining spirits. Vocally, Gilberto is in fine muttering form, communicating intensely with somebody in his breast pocket, and his guitar is as delicate as ever. This recording expresses the close links of bossa nova and jazz. Joao has Clare Fisher arranging and on some cuts playing keyboards, along with one of those saccharin string-sections even the most avant-garde Brazilians love. ~ John Storm Roberts

Bossa Nova & Brazil - Released November 15, 2011 | Rhino - Warner Records


World - Released January 23, 2014 | Vantage Music


World - Released January 23, 2014 | Vantage Music