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John Pizzarelli on the Beauty of Antonio Carlos Jobim

Guitarist and singer picks five of his favorite cuts by the Brazilian music legend

photo of John Pizzarelli for Jobim Sinatra project
John Pizzarelli (photo by Jacob Blickenstaff)

Brazilian music has always been very captivating to me, and I’ve always found it fascinating the way Jobim worked: the way he put together those songs, what influenced him along the way, his love for American music and standards and even Chopin, when you think about “How Insensitive” and songs like that. He changed the landscape of music at the same time that the Beatles were around. In fact, the Sinatra-Jobim album, Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim, lost the Grammy Award for Album of the Year to Sgt. Pepper’s.  I had made a bossa-nova record before, and I always knew there was going to be another. It happened to be the 50th anniversary of the Sinatra-Jobim album, so I asked Daniel Jobim, Tom Jobim’s grandson, to do a tribute to that LP with me, and went back to listen to a lot of Jobim.

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