Jobim Forever, Music Man, by Robert Nicosia

Antonio Adolfo creates beautiful music: his Piano and his Arranging are a pleasure for the ears! I fell in love with his last release and published a review of "BruMa" that was a tribute to the wonderful composer Milton Nascimento. Now Adolfo released his latest tribute CD, a tribute to one of the most influential stars in modern day Jazz, Antonio Carlos Jobim. Jobim introduced the Bossa Nova sound in the USA in 1964 with his multiple Grammy Award winning CD, "Getz/Gilberto". Jobim's writing has had an effect on almost every Jazz player since 1964 including some special treatment from Francis Albert Sinatra. Putting together 9 Jobim compositions and making them sound new is no small task. However, Adolfo's Arranging and performance by his highly talented musical group brings us a fresh new feel to Jobim songs that we all know well. This is a romantic album but it will satisfy any Jazz buff listener with its Arrangements and Jazz improvisations. The sounds from this delicious album are fresh, lush and the band really swings. You will fall in love with Antonio Adolfo the first time you listen to this CD.

Antonio Adolfo is a Pianist, Arranger, Composer and Bandleader. He has recorded over two dozen albums as a leader in the US and Brazil. More than 200 of his original compositions have been recorded by major artists like Sergio Mendes, Earl Klugh, Herb Alpert, Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick and many others. Adolfo chose Jobim's songs from the 1960s because he wanted to celebrate a great era of music which was when Jobim's innovations helped make Rio de Janeiro an important capital of world culture. Now we all can celebrate with him!

Falling in love with the songs on this CD was easy but picking just two songs to share with you was almost impossible. I truly loved every song on this CD. Every song will be going on my "Jazz favorites" playlist. Please buy this CD; you will be playing it for years to come. My first "YouTube" is the first greatest hit from Jobim, "The Girl From Ipanema" with some great alto Sax work from Danilo Sinna. The Second attachment is "Agua De Beber" that translates to "Water To Drink". We are treated to a fine Trombone solo from Rafael Rocha on this standard.


1. The Girl From Ipanema

2. Wave

3. A Felicidade

4. How Insensitive

5. Favela

6. Inutil Paisagem

7. Agua De Beber

8. Amparo

9. Estrada Do Sol


Antonio Adolfo- Piano & Arranging

Jesse Sadoc- Trumpet & Flugelhorn

Danilo Sinna- Alto Sax

Marcelo Martins- Tenor & Soprano Saxes

Rafael Rocha- Trombone

Lula Galvao- Guitars

Jorge Helder- Double Bass

Rafael Barata- Drums

Dada Costa- Percussion

Guest Artists

Paulo Braga- Drums

Ze Renato- Vocals