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Jobim Now


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Tom Bergeron:  sax & perc.
Garry Hagberg:  guitars
Mark Schneider:  bass
Alan Tarpinian:  drums & perc.
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Garry Hagberg and Tom Bergeron give us a significant update on touchstone pieces by Antonio Carlos Brasileiro de Almeida Jobim - born Jan 25, 1927 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - died Dec 8, 1994 in New York, NY.

He was sometimes referred to as the George Gershwin of Brazil, as both contributed a large number of songs to the jazz repertoire, many of which found their way into the concert hall. As well, both were symbolic of their respective cultures as seen by the world, with their rich urbane melodies and up-to-date harmonies.

Jobim's influences include Mulligan, Baker, Kessel and other West Coast jazz musicians as well as Debussy. Some have compared his piano playing to Claude Thornhill. A gentle strumming of simple chords in syncopated rhythms was his common guitar accompaniment to his slightly hoarse and emotional singing.

He made his first record in 1954 backing singer Bill Farr, leader of "Tom and His Band" (Tom was Jobim's lifelong nickname). In 1956 he teamed up with poet Vinicius de Moraes on the score for the play Orfeo do Carnaval (later filmed as Black Orpheus). In 1958, Joao Gilberto recorded Jobim's songs, launching Bossa Nova. In 1962 the Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd hit recording of "Desafinado" brought Jobim to full international recognition.

On this album, guitarist Garry Hagberg and saxophonist Tom Bergeron lead a stellar quartet through eleven compositions by Brazil's most illustrious composer, Antonio Carlos "Tom" Jobim. The set includes many of Jobim's most well-known and loved pieces, as well as several lesser-known gems.

Hagberg is heard on acoustic, electric, and baritone guitars, providing a rich melodic, harmonic and rhythmic texture. Bergeron's stating of Jobim's timeless melodies is reminiscent of the playing of Paul Desmond and Stan Getz; yet he demonstrates a 21st-Century aesthetic that truly speaks of Jobim Now.

Garry Hagberg - guitar
Active in music as a performer since the mid-1970s, Garry Hagberg started his career as a jazz guitarist in Eugene, Oregon, USA. While studying music (both classical and jazz) and philosophy, he toured the West Coast of the US with various jazz ensembles from duos to big bands, for years working in jazz clubs and concerts with his own quartet as well as with many others, during which time he appeared as a featured guitarist on a number of albums with other artists.

A long-time collaboration with legendary guitarist Howard Roberts led to The Guitar Compendium, a major three-volume guitar method covering improvisation, technique, musicianship, and theory - the most comprehensive work of its kind. Hagberg has taught guitar in colleges and music schools for many years, and is also a professor of philosophy; he teaches theory of the arts and history of philosophy at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.

Tom Bergeron - alto sax & percussion
With a doctoral degree in saxophone, Tom Bergeron is a musician with a broad musical palette. He has performed throughout the United States, and in Europe and Central America; and has appeared with internationally-renowned artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Anthony Braxton, Robert Cray, Natalie Cole, Glen Moore, Bobby Shew, Mason Williams, Guy Lombardo's Royal Canadiens, The Temptations, and Marin Alsop's String Fever.

In addition, he has played saxophone with the Eugene (OR) Symphony, Newport (OR) Symphony, Grande Ronde Symphony, Eugene (OR) Bach Festival, Oregon Festival of American Music, Oregon Coast Music Festival, Cascade Festival of Music, Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, and Third Angle New Music Ensemble; and has premiered dozens of new concert works for the saxophone. A professor of music at Western Oregon University, Tom lives on Teal Creek in the foothills of Oregon's Coast Range

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[ 1 ]   Triste LISTEN
[ 2 ]   A felicidade LISTEN
[ 3 ]   Retrato em branco e preto LISTEN
[ 4 ]   O grande amor LISTEN
[ 5 ]   Amor em paz LISTEN
[ 6 ]   Corcovado LISTEN
[ 7 ]   Andorinha LISTEN
[ 8 ]   Este teu olhar LISTEN
[ 9 ]   Meditacao LISTEN
[10]   Wave LISTEN
[11]   Insensatez LISTEN

* All compositions by Antonio Carlos "Tom" Jobim.