Years back, guitarist Mario Adnet
gave us a great album of symphonic takes on the tunes of Antonio Carlos Jobim – and here, he strongly expands on that idea by working through some jazz orchestra arrangements – done in collaboration with the younger Paulo Jobim! The music is beautiful right from the start – arranged with the complexity that Jobim brought to his sounds in the bossa nova years, but also given some of the sharper edges he picked up in the 70s – which only seemed to underscore the melancholy elements in his songs! Arrangements are either borrowed from classic charts – including a few by Claus Ogerman – or handled by Mario
– and most tracks have vocals, sung by Adnet
, Paulo Jobim, Alice Caymmi, Dora Morelenbaum, and others. Instrumentation includes a fair bit of acoustic guitar alongside the larger ensemble – but we love the reed elements the most, especially the flute – and titles include "Aguas De Marco", "Chovendo Na Roseira", "Boto", "Mantiqueira Range", "Olha Maria", "Falando De Amor", "Eu Te Amo", "Um Certo Capitao Rodrigo", and "O Saci". Also comes with a bonus DVD, with performances of most of the songs!