Vinicius Canta Antonio Carlos Jobim (Sunnyside)

Vinicius Cantuária

Released May 2015

DownBeat Four-and-a-Half-Star Review




The music of Brazil has left a treasure trove of unparalleled compositional gems, none as beloved as the catalog of Antonio Carlos Jobim. A genius in utilizing the cool of jazz, the seductiveness of Brazil and the words of a poet, Jobim has left a wake that has rocked the musical world with the spawning of the bossa nova movement. All contemporary Brazilian musicians are indebted to Jobim so it is only natural that one of the most important Brazilian voices of the past two decades perform a tribute. On Vinicius canta Antonio Carlos Jobim, the great vocalist/composer/guitarist Vinicius Cantuaria performs the work of Tom Jobim solo and with the help of some truly amazing co-conspirators, including guitarist Bill Frisell, pianist/composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, vocalist and MPB legend Joyce and jazz-pop sensation Melody Gardot.

Track Listing:

1. Lígia 4:09
2. Caminhos cruzados 5:38
3. Vivo sonhando 2:59
4. Só danço samba 2:52
5. Eu não existo sem você 1:38
6. Este seu olhar 3:15
7. Retrato em branco e preto 3:13
8. Por causa de você 2:11
9. Garota de Ipanema 2:46
10. Felicidade 3:13
11. Insensatez 2:46
12. Inútil paisagem 3:09
13. Você vai ver 1:16


Vinicius Cantuária: vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, percussion

Bill Frisell: electric guitars (4, 12)

Ricardo Silveira: electric guitars (9)

Ryuichi Sakamoto: piano (5, 8)

Joyce: vocals (2)

Melody Gardot: vocals (11)

Chico Pinheiro: acoustic guitars (2)

Celso Fonseca: acoustic guitars (3)

Ryoji Orihara: electric bass (7)

Jyoji Sawada: double bass (1)

Ayumi Hashimoto: cello (6)

Recorded at Echo And Cloud Studio, Júpiter Estúdios, Rio De Janeiro and Estúdio Floresta

Producer: Vinicius Cantuária

Recorded by Eduardo Chermont de Britto (3, 9, 13) and Keiji Matsui (1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12)

Mixed by Takehiko Kamada

Mastered by Seigen Ono


Recorded in Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro, with an international cast of guest vocalists and instrumentalists, Vinicius Cantuária’s tribute to bossa nova master Antonio Carlos Jobim proves that the style “Tom” birthed in the early 1960s is now music of the world: timeless, evocative and forever dreamlike. A brilliant interpreter of the Jobim oeuvre, Cantuária’s rich vocals, sizzling acoustic guitar and subtle percussion express the eternal bossa nova vision with deep intuition. An album of pristine Jobim covers featuring Cantuária’s vocals and guitar would have been enough, but the guest musicians add another layer of expression to the deserving Jobim songbook. Popular Brazilian vocalist Joyce Moreno joins Cantuária for a dreamy “Caminhos Cruzados,” and the song’s highlight is a breathtaking acoustic solo by guitarist Chico Pinheiro, whose ringing, rising notes are pure sun-streaked bliss. Bill Frisell works his warped electric country magic on “Só Danço Samba,” a buoyant pulse that floats on the Rio breeze, lovely and clear, and American jazz-pop vocalist Melody Gardot balances “Insensatez” with her tremulous coo. Cantuária closes with “Você Vai Ver,” completing his masterpiece, mystery intact.

Ken Micallef (DownBeat)