FRANcIS ALBERT SINATRA & ANTONIO cARLOS JOBIm
Orchestral bossa nova summit gets 50th-anniversary remastered vinyl treatment
During the ’60s, while Sinatra was stumbling through Beatles, Paul Simon and Joni Mitchell covers that he clearly hated, there was an entire strain of popular music that suited him like a glove. Bossa nova had been percolating into US pop culture since the late ’50s, and Sinatra’s surprisingly late arrival to the party remains one of his finest pieces of work. This partnership with the Brazilian architect of the genre is a 29-minute masterclass in orchestral bossa nova. Claus Ogerman’s arrangements are quiet but incredibly detailed; the closely mic’d nylon-strung guitar sounds delicious; while Sinatra’s controlled baritone barely raises above a murmur. On Jobim songs like “Dindi” and “Corcovado”, Sinatra lags lazily behind the beat, while the Kismet standard “Baubles, Bangles And Beads” – a song that Sinatra had previously swung hard with Billy May’s orchestra – is beautifully transformed into a bossa nova. Extras: 8/10. A six-minute medley of Jobim songs from ’67 TV special, Frank Sinatra: A Man And His Music + Ella + Jobim; and an instructive rehearsal take of “Girl From Ipanema” (“Don’t let it run away, fellas, with the tempo; let it settle down,” instructs Frank. “It’s got a gang of words”).