Personnel includes: Antonio Carlos Jobim (piano, harpsichord, celeste, guitar); Claus Ogerman (conductor); Joao Gilberto (vocals, guitar); Eumir Deodato (conductor, acoustic & electric pianos); Astrud Gilberto, Elis Regina (vocals); Stan Getz (tenor saxophone); Burt Collins, Marvin Stamm (trumpet); Josef Singer, Ray Alonge (French horn); Jimmy Cleveland, Urbie Green, Garnett Brown (trombone); Leo Wright, Ray Beckenstein, Romeo Penque, Jerome Richardson, Joe Farrell, Hubert Laws (flute); Tommy Williams, George Duvivier, Ron Carter, Richard Davis (bass); Dom Um Romao, Bobby Rosengarden, Claudio Slon, Airto Moriera (drums, percussion); Milton Banana (drums).
Producers: Aloysio De Oliveira, Paulo Jobim, Jaques Morelenbaum, Claus Ogerman, Creed Taylor.
Compilation producer: Bryan Koniarz.
Recorded between 1963 and 1986. Includes liner notes by Linda Dahl.
Digitally remastered by Jeff Willens (Universal Mastering Studios-East).
This is part of the Verve Finest Hour series.
Verve continues their Finest Hour series with Antonio Carlos Jobim's Finest Hour, a 17-song collection highlighting the bossa nova pioneer's singing and songwriting. "Insensatez," "Corcovado," "The Girl From Ipanema," "Desafinado," and other definitive tracks make this set entertaining, if not comprehensive. ~ Heather Phares