On Jobim’s second A&M album, Eumir Deodato takes over the chart-making tasks, and the difference between him and Claus Ogerman is quite apparent in the remake of “The Girl From Ipanema”: the charts are heavier, more dramatic, and structured. Sometimes the arrangements roll back so one can hear, say, the dancing multi-phonic flute of wildman Hermeto Pascoal on “Tema Jazz,” and the rhythms often veer away from the familiar ticking of the bossa nova. Jobim is his usual understated self, adding very subtle electric piano to his arsenal of acoustic piano and guitar, but the material sometimes falls short of Jobim’s tip-top level (dead giveaway: “Tide” is a clever rewrite on the chord changes of “Wave”). Still, it’s beautifully made and very musical at all times.
Label : Elemental Music – 700160
Format: LP, Reissue, limited edition, Gatefold
May 7 2021