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Title - 'Albare Plays Jobim'
Artist - Albare

Guitarist and composer, Albare was born in Morocco and grew up in Israel and France. Although he joined at age eight the Music Conservatory in his hometown in Israel for two years, his musical development was completely self-taught.

These days, as Albare has lost his central vision faculties due to an genetic illness, his playing is completely by ear.

In 1972 Albare discovered the sound of Jobim while watching Marcel Camus’s cult film, Orpheus Negro. The haunting melodies and unique compositions left a profound impression on the young guitarist and inspired Albare to study and play the melodic style for which he is now known for.

Furthermore, in 1993 Albare launched his first album, Acid Love which was a smash hit #1 on the JJJ radio play list.

Albare Plays Jobim (released January 3rd, 2020 via Alfi Records) is his sixth collaboration with Phil Turcio and fifth with Joe Chindamo. Indeed, it is also his second collaboration with Antonio Sanchez and first with Ricardo Rodriguez.

Overall though, Albare plays Jobim is his 12th album and of his romantic exploration of Jobim’s enchanting melodies, Albare says: “As Jobim was such an influence in my playing, I feel this album is overdue and I am now ready to express the intense beauty of these melodies to my own satisfaction.”

1. 'One Note Samba' (3:44)
2. 'Corcovado' (4:59)
3. 'Chega De Saudade' (3:28)
4. 'Orfeu Negro' (4:52)
5. 'Desafinado' (5:06)
6. 'Água de Beber' (4:54)
7. 'Double Rainbow' (3:41)
8. 'Águas de Março' (3:47)
9. 'Wave' (5:19)
10. 'Brazil' (3:56)

Having listened to this album twice through now, back to back, I can confirm that this Jobim-inspired music combines sophisticated compositions with exuded amounts of finesse and talented compassion throughout to bring forth a quite magnificent musical experience.

This tribute to Antonio Carlos Jobim is a masterful exercise in how to instill a new love, devotion, and heartfelt awe into tracks that obviously embraced their own original passion back when they were created.

Taking ten tracks from the Brazilian composer, pianist, songwriter, arranger and singer - who himself was widely considered as one of the great exponents of Brazilian music, of course - smoothing their edges, adding a little bit of spice, and then heating things up in a way only Albare can, Albare Plays Jobim is one of those album that must surely top any self-respecting Jazz lovers Top 10 lists for 2020.

Guitars: Albare, Piano, string arrangement and conductor: Joe Chindamo, Drums: Antonio Sanchez, and Bass: Ricardo "Ricky" Rodriquez.