Personnel: Antonio Carlos Jobim (vocals, guitar, piano); Ed£ Lobo, Elis Regina (vocals); Deodato, Helio Delmiro, Paulo Jobim, Luis Claudio (guitar); Harry Lookofsky (violin, tenor violin); Frederick Buldrini, Lewis Eley, Julius Held, Leo Kruczek, Joseph Malignaggi, Max Polikoff, Louis Stone, Louis Haber, Bernard Eichen, David Nadien, Raoul Poliakin, Matthew Raimondi, Harry Katzman, Gene Orloff, Irving Spice, Paul Gershman, Emanuel Green (violin); Al Brown, Harold Coletta (viola); Abe Kessler, Charles McCracken , Harvey Shapiro , George Ricci (cello); Joe Farrell (flute, bass flute, soprano saxophone); Ray Beckenstein, Romeo Penque (flute, piccolo, woodwinds); Jerome Richardson (flute, piccolo, alto saxophone); Phil Bodner (flute, woodwinds); Hubert Laws, Jerry Dodgion, Leo Wright (flute); Don Hammond (woodwinds); Marvin Stamm, Burt Collins (trumpet); M rcio Montarroyos (flugelhorn); Joe De Angelis, Joseph Singer, Ray Alonge (French horn); Garnett Brown, Jimmy Cleveland, Urbie Green (trombone); C‚sar Camargo Mariano (piano); Luis Alves, George Duvivier, Luizao Maia, Richard Davis , Ron Carter (bass guitar); Claudio Slon , Paulinho Braga, Joao Palma (drums); Chico Batera, Dom Um Romao, George Devens, Airto Moreira, Bobby Rosengarden (percussion).
In his native Brazil, Antonio Carlos Jobim (1927-1994) is virtually Bob Dylan and George Gershwin combined. Jobim was a singer, songwriter, pianist, and guitarist who practically invented bossa nova by blending Brazilian folk and pop, jazz, and the Impressionism of classical composer Claude Debussy. He's so renowned as a songwriter--Frank Sinatra, Sergio Mendes, and Stan Getz, among others, performed his creations--many don't know him as a singer. His soothingly romantic delivery in FOR LOVERS makes for elegant, near-perfect late-evening listening.