The Jobim Songbook
Kind of Blue
Vocalist Maucha Adnet is no stranger to Antonio Carlos Jobim and his legacy of sambas and bossa novas, having accompanied the maestro for a decade in the Banda Nova project. Here she is joined by a stellar cast to deliver a sensitive and dynamic collection of some of his most celebrated songs.
Adnet’s voice is hauntingly reminiscent of Brazil’s beloved Elis Regina, at times so delicate and understated she disappears into the fabric of the piece. From the lush opener, “Vivo Sonhando,” it is clear the horn players on this album are absolutely an integral force in the arrangements, with the solos of featured guests Joe Lovano (saxes), Randy Brecker and Claudio Roditi (flugelhorn) and Jay Ashby (trombone) blending into these classic bossas while peppering around Maucha’s exquisite phrasing. Rounding out the rhythm section are pianist Helio Alves, drummer Duduka Da Fonseca and bassist Nilson Matta, who provide rock-solid and tasteful accompaniment as well as solos throughout.
While there are no pyrotechnics on The Jobim Songbook, one of the more exciting arrangements by guitarist Mario Adnet is a sizzling rendition of “Agua de Beber,” which closes this album of classics with an uplifting and confident finale. This well-recorded and mixed album stands as one of the more beautiful tributes to Jobim and his music; it is pretty, refreshingly honest and makes you yearn for more.