Celebrating Antonio Carlos Jobim and new music from guitarist Ray Obiedo
Jobim would have been 95 years old this past Tuesday. This Saturday on Jazz Caliente, we'll hear our favorite versions of some of his best-loved compositions, and we'll sample Bay Area guitarist Roy Obiedo's latest album, "Latin Jazz Project Volume 2."
Multi-instrumentalist and composer Antonio Carlos Jobim was a major architect of the uniquely Brazilian musical movement known as Bossa Nova.
A prolific composer by any musical standard, Jobim has been called the "George Gershwin of Brazil."
The gentle rhythm of Bossa Nova mixed with jazz is irresistible, and "Tom" Jobim was a master of that mix.
On the show this week, we'll hear Jobim himself playing "Captain Bacardi," guitarist Joe Pass playing "Corcovado" with percussionist Paulinho da Costa, Seattle's Entremundos Quarteto's lovely version of "Chovendo na Roseira," and the rarely heard "Two Kites" from a charming 2017 KNKX Studio Session with guitarist John Pizzarelli and Jobim's grandson Daniel on piano. Here's "Agua de Beber" from that same session:
Also on this week's show: Bay Area guitarist Ray Obiedo's long history of blending jazz, blues, rock and Latin music comes together on his Latin Jazz Project 2 recording, which released last September. We'll hear one of his collaborations with percussionist Sheila E. as well as his version of jazz composer Gerald Wilson's "Viva Tirado."
Jazz Caliente airs Saturdays at 5 p.m. The show is hosted by Robin Lloyd and produced by KNKX Public Radio.