ARKADIA JAZZ ALL-STARS: Thank You, Tom Jobim!

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ARKADIA JAZZ ALL-STARS
Benny Golson: Tenor Sax; Dave Liebman: Soprano Sax; T.K. Blue: Alto Sax, Flute;

Bob Brookmeyer: Trombone; Lee Konitz: Alto Sax; Randy Brecker: Flugelhorn;

Harold Land: Tenor Saxo; Stefon Harris: Vibraphone; Tetel Di Babuya: Vocals; Nigel Clark: Guitar; Ravi Coltrane: Tenor Sax

 

 

 

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“…(Jobim) is paid brilliant tribute in this video that captures his last recorded concert appearance, which happen to feature a cornucopia of jazz greats” – Billboard Magazine

“Thank you, Tom Jobim!” features an international delegation of esteemed Jazz musicians (such as Benny Golson, Joanne Brackeen, Nigel Clark, T.K. Blue, and others) paying tribute to Tom Jobim in a fifth edition of the beautiful “Thank You” Series. Renowned artists, as well as highly acclaimed new talents, put a fresh spin on Tom Jobim’s melodies, while four artists created their own memorable original compositions that were deeply inspired by Jobim’s timeless music.

“…absolutely killer…the sound quality on the tape is first rate, thank goodness, because the concert footage is excellent and the performances are memorable in every detail…a fine gift…” Spectator Magazine

This beautiful tribute features the compositions of Bossa Nova originator & music icon Antoinio Carlos Jobim, joined by an international delegation of Jazz giants to recreate his classic melodies in this beautiful, concert-length “Thank You.”  Composer of countless unforgettable songs, including Girl From Ipanema, Tom Jobim virtually single handedly brought the world Bossa Nova music.

With over 400 songs to his credit, Jobim lead the Bossa Nova movement, where it became a staple ingredient in the Jazz cookbook. Jobim’s new sound adapted the rhythmic variety and percussive excitement of the Samba to the intimacy of syncopated guitar, while echoing the melodies and harmonies of Cool Jazz.

“…a wonderful souvenir of one of jazzdom’s greats… it’s musical lovefest.” – Chuck Berg, JazzTimes

Song Selection:

1. Girl from Ipanema (Radio Version) BENNY GOLSON 3:46
2. Eu Sei Que Vou Te Amar 
T.K. BLUE 3:25
3. Wave HAROLD LAND 3:19
4. Você TETEL DI BABUYA 3:50
5. Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars JOANNE BRACKEEN 5:58
6. Caso de Verao (A Summer Affair) NIGEL CLARK 5:17
7. Zingaro (Portrait in Black and White) DAVE LIEBMAN 5:06
8. Theme for Jobim BOB BROOKMEYER, LEE KONITZ 5:57
9. Luiza T.K. BLUE 5:57
10. Invitation (Convite) NOVA BOSSA NOVA 4:08
11. Once I Loved NIGEL CLARK 5:29
12. Wave JOANNE BRACKEEN 6:14
Produced by: Bob Karcy, Other co-producers: Makoto Kimata (1); Ralph Simon (3); Tetel Di Babuya (4);
Nigel Clark (6 & 11); Alberto Beserra & Guilherme Franco (10)

 

Also featuring:

Joe Farnsworth, Billy Higgins, Emilio Martins, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Mike Bradley, Ron Vincent, Lenny Robinson, Guilherme Franco: Drums

Geoff Keezer, Bill Henderson, Daniel Grajew: Piano,

Dwayne Burno, Gavin Fallow, James Leary, Nilton Leonarde, Ira Coleman, Tony Marino, Dean Johnson: Upright Bass,

Harold Ashby: Tenor Saxophone,
Ron Jackson: Guitar,

Ray Ellis And His Orchestra: Conductor
Alan Pasqua: Keyboards,


Mario Lima Caribe, Ewen Vernal, Alberto Beserra: Bass Guitar,
Guy Nicolson,
Jamey Haddad, Café: Percussion,
Ted Rosentha, James Weidman, Achan Inoue: Piano,

Eddie Monteiro: Harmony Vocals, Keyboards,

 

What the Critics Say:

“…the ensemble is really grooving… snatch this up” – Jazz Philadelphia

“…the George Gershwin of Brazil…unforgettable and often sophisticated pop music… tastefully produced concert video… Jazz musicians adored Jobim and his sambas for ages…” The Independent Weekly

About The Arkadia Jazz All-Stars:

The Arkadia Jazz All-Stars is a group established in 1996 as the brainchild of Bob Karcy, Producer, musician, Founder and CEO of Arkadia Records. Karcy’s original goal was to harness the creative brilliance of the Artists who recorded on its Arkadia Records labels, along with select guest musicians representing some of Jazz’s biggest stars, to create an unparalleled series of newly recorded, thematically unified studio albums. So far, ten albums have been recorded and three more are in production.

These Arkadia Jazz All-Stars releases have been honored with three Grammy Award Nominations.


The “Thank You” Series – Tributes to the most revered artists in the history of Jazz:

The first “Thank You” Series was created to honor the memory and the lasting legacy of many of the greatest and most esteemed artists in the history of Jazz.

The initial album in the “Thank You” series is entitled “Arkadia Jazz All-Stars: Thank You, John! – Our Tribute to John Coltrane” (Grammy Nominated for “My Favorite Things” by David Liebman).

This was followed by “Arkadia Jazz All-Stars: Thank you. Duke! – Our tribute to Duke Ellington”.

The Lead All-Star Members of these two albums are: Benny Golson, Billy Taylor, T.K. Blue, Joanne Brackeen, Nova Bossa Nova, and Joris Teepe.

The Supporting Members performing with them are: Mulgrew Miller, Buster Williams, Carl Allen, Eric Reed, Rodney Whitaker, Mike LeDonne, Vic Juris, Steve Nelson, Terrell Stafford, Ira Coleman, and Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez.

Appearing as Special Guests are: Randy Weston, Don Braden, Chris Potter, Claudio Roditi, Bob Mintzer, David Hazeltine, Bruce Cox, and Harold Land.

Next on the agenda were new tribute albums to Joe Henderson (“Thank You, Joe! – Our Tribute to Joe Henderson”) and Gerry Mulligan (“Thank You, Gerry! – Our Tribute to Gerry Mulligan”). For “Thank You Joe!”, Karcy and Musical Directors Eric Reed and Carl Allen put together an ensemble including Randy Brecker, Terrell Stafford, Steve Nelson, Rodney Whitaker with special guest, Joanne Brackeen.

For “Thank You, Gerry!” (Grammy Nominated for “My Funny Valentine” by Randy Brecker), Karcy and Musical Director, Ted Rosenthal enlisted jazz legends Lee Konitz, Bob Brookmeyer, Randy Brecker, with Javon Jackson, Dean Johnson and Ron Vincent, all of whom performed with Gerry Mulligan’s band.


Thematic Albums:

The next series of albums were conceived as thematically-driven group collections of outstanding singles, representing the best-of-our-best.

The first two albums, “Arkadia Jazz All-Stars: The Stars of Jazz #1” (Grammy Nominated for “Body and Soul” by Branford Marsalis) and “Arkadia Jazz All-Stars: The Stars of Jazz #2” (Grammy Nominated for “My Favorite Things” by David Liebman), present the most highly recognized artists, including Joanne Brackeen, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Benny Golson, Lee Konitz, Branford Marsalis, Billy Taylor, Randy Weston, Gary Bartz, and Nat Adderley.

The “Arkadia Jazz All-Stars: The New Young Lions of Jazz” showcases the next generation of rising stars on the Jazz horizon, including James Carter, Don Braden, Chris Potter, Javon Jackson, Ravi Coltrane, Eric Reed, Stefon Harris, Nicholas Payton, Steve Turre, and Kurt Elling.

The “Arkadia Jazz All-Stars: Out and Out Jazz” captures inventive performances on the cutting edge of modern and free jazz, both fully composed and improvised. This album showcases John Abercrombie, Paul Bley, Joanne Brackeen, John Clark, Andrew Hill, David Liebman, Pat Metheny, Nicholas Payton, Gary Peacock, Sam Rivers, and Reggie Workman.

Everyone has known love, and that emotion is beautifully expressed in “Arkadia Jazz All-Stars: It’s About Love”, a new album of heartfelt romantic ballads, performed by Benny Golson, Nigel Clark, Joanne Brackeen, T.K. Blue, Mary Pearson, Billy Taylor, Kenny Drew, Jr., Eric Reed. It includes the stunning Grammy Nominated “My Funny Valentine” by Randy Brecker.


Arkadia Records continues to create new releases from the Arkadia Jazz All-Stars. Albums currently in production are tributes to Thelonious Monk (“Thank You, Thelonious!”) and Miles Davis (“Thank You, Miles!”), as well a suite of lively standards and compelling original songs for the holiday season.

Tom Jobim Biography

Antônio Carlos Jobim (1927-1994) was a legendary Brazilian songwriter, composer, and arranger, who introduced the
world to Bossa Nova (“new trend”) music. With over 400 songs to his credit, Tom Jobim – as he was popularly known –
transformed the extroverted rhythms of the Brazilian samba into an intimate music, the Bossa Nova, and with the help of
important international artists, merged it with jazz.

Tom Jobim was formally trained in piano as a teen, and was influenced by classical composers such as Debussy, Stravinsky,
Chopin, Villa-Lobos (a Brazilian composer), and Brazilian samba. Jobim started his career in 1950s by playing in clubs,
arranging music for various recording artists, and composing, before becoming music director of Odeon Records, one of
the largest record companies in Brazil. At that time he developed the Bossa Nova along with poet Vinicius de Moraes and
vocalist/guitarist Joao Gilberto. The new sound adapted the rhythmic variety and percussive excitement of the Samba to
the intimacy of syncopated guitar, while echoing the melodies and harmonies of Cool Jazz. Bossa Nova became popular in
the early 1960s with the movie Black Orpheus that featured Tom Jobim’s score. Jobim’s collaborations with major Ameri-
can artists, such as Stan Getz, Charlie Byrd, and Frank Sinatra helped to popularize the Bossa Nova all over the world.

Jobim’s gentle guitar, romantic rhythms, and warm vocal style epitomized the sensuality of his music. He recorded with
orchestrators Claus Ogerman and Nelson Riddle, vocalist Frank Sinatra, and several jazz musicians. Many of his songs
became well-established in the jazz repertoire and were given English lyrics by various writers: “Corcovado” (“Quiet Nights
of Quiet Stars”), “Wave,” “Chega de Saudade” (“No More Blues”), “Amor Em Paz” (“Once I Loved”), “How Insensitive,”
“Triste,” “Waters of March,” and “A Felicidade.” Jobim’s songs talked about love, self-discovery, betrayal, joy and natural
wonders of Brazil, like the “Mata Atlântica” forest, characters of Brazilian folklore and his home city of Rio de Janeiro.

Tom Jobim left an enduring legacy on Brazilian and global music. Many of Jobim’s melodies became part of the jazz stan-
dards, and have been covered by artists from Tony Bennett to Diana Krall. Countless modern musicians, enchanted with
Jobim’s melodies, make it a part of their repertoire

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