Friday, December 12, 2014

elis & tom

Elis Regina and Antonio Carlos Jobim created a bewitching bossa nova out of the intimate exquisite expression of what had to be.  They had both been performing since their early teens in nightclubs and music festivals.  Jobim was the preeminent Brazilian composer with roots in jazz, classical, and samba.  He had rencently cemented his place in musical history with the smash success of his song "The Girl From Ipanema" from the classic album 'Getz/Gilberto'.     Regina was a beloved Brazilian singer whose passionate craft had inspired nicknames like "little pepper" and "hurricane".  Her controversial song "Arrastão" marked the beginning of the Brazilian popular music movement (Música Popular Brasileira -MPB).  

Regina had long wanted to record an album of Jobim's songs with him, and to mark ten years with Philips Records, the project was given the green light by the label.  'Elis & Tom' was recorded over sixteen days in February and March of 1974 at MGM Studios in Los Angeles, California with producer Aloysio de Oliveira.  The sessions featured Antonio Carlos Jobim on piano and vocals;   Elis Regina on vocals;   César Camargo Mariano on piano;  Hélio Delmiro and Oscar Castro-Neves on guitar;  Luizão Maia on bass;  Paulo Braga on drums;  Chico Batera on percussion;  and Bill Hitchcock as conductor.  

With its full spectrum of emotion,  'Elis & Tom' has gone on to be considered one of the very finest examples of Brazilian pop.

"Águas de Março" (Waters of March) is a stream of consciousness reflection of the rainy season that comes at the end of the summer in  Rio de Janeiro.

'Elis & Tom'
full album:

00:04 "Águas de Março" (Antonio Carlos Jobim)
03:41 "Pois É" (Antonio Carlos Jobim, Chico Buarque)
05:28 "Só Tinha de Ser com Você" (Antonio Carlos Jobim, Aloysio de Oliveira)
09:55 "Modinha" (Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinícius de Moraes)
12:10 "Triste" (Jobim)
15:25 "Corcovado" (Jobim)
19:36 "O Que Tinha de Ser" (Jobim, de Moraes)
21:23 "Retrato em Branco e Preto" (Jobim,  Buarque)
24:29 "Brigas, Nunca Mais"  (Jobim, de Moraes)
26:40 "Por toda a Minha Vida"  (Jobim, de Moraes)
28:48 "Fotografia" (Jobim)
32:12 "Soneto de Separação"  (Jobim, de Moraes)
34:35  "Chovendo na Roseira" (Jobim)
38:07  "Inútil Paisagem" (Jobim, de Oliveira)

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