Antonio Carlos Jobim (1927-1994)

Antonio Carlos Jobim is one of my favorite composers. I am often surprised at how many people don’t recognize the name because I am certain almost anyone over the age of 35 knows at least some of his tunes whether they realize it or not.

Jobim’s most well known compositions are The Girl from Ipanema, Desafinado, How Insensitive, One Note Samba, Corcovado, Aguas De Marco, Once I Loved and Wave. And there are many, many more.

There is a gem of an album called The Unknown (Antonio Carlos Jobim). This album has an interesting history.The story is that this album is the product of a private commission by the Odebrecht Corporation to be released in an extremely limited edition then distributed as Christmas gifts to a favored few. The album was unavailable to the general public for quite some time until finally released in Brazil only in limited edition by the corporation. Now it is available to all. There are 24 tracks on this album and this is a good place for anyone to sample the master’s work.