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Online Exclusive: Milton Nascimento And The Jobim Trio

By Ernest Barteldes
Published September 25, 2008

The Jobim Trio unites with Milton Nascimento for a great new tribute to Antonio Carlos Jobim.

Musicians often talk amongst themselves about working together, only to see those dreams fall by the wayside. But sometimes those plans do come together, getting a kick in the pants in one way or another, bringing the collaboration to fruition. Such is the case with Milton Nascimento and the Jobim Trio: the kick being, as it often is, a gig – a special concert in 2007 at Rio's Botanical Garden celebrating what would have been Antonio Carlos Jobim's 80th birthday.


“That first concert marked the opening of a cultural center named after my grandfather (The Centro Cultural Tom Jobim),” recalls Daniel Jobim. “It was great to play surrounded by the trees of the Botanical Garden. After we finished the show, everyone wanted to continue working together, and fans kept asking for more.”


Thus Trio members Paulo and Daniel Jobim (respectively the son and grandson of late maestro Antonio Carlos Jobim), drummer Paulo Braga and singer extraodinaire Milton Nascimento embarked on a more formal project with a great new album entitled Novas Bossas after being friends for years.


“Every January my father and I meet with Milton in Buzios (a small resort-like town a few minutes from Rio de Janeiro), where we spend the month on vacation, resting on the beach,” explains Daniel Jobim over the phone in Portuguese. “Every time we got together, we always talked about making a record, but years went by and we never did it due to our individual schedules. After a series of false starts we finally realized it was the time to do it.”


“Paulo Jobim and I have a longtime friendship,” adds Nascimento via email. “He played with me even before doing so with his father – so it was extremely exciting to rehearse for the show, and the emotion we felt went through to those in the audience, and everyone was asking us to do a CD.”

Selected Discography


Quarteto Jobim- Morelembaum (EMI/Velas):  This 2000 partnership planted the seed of the Jobim Trio included Paula and Jaques Morelembaum alongside Paulo and Daniel Jobim,  revisiting classics of the bossa nova era like “Waters of March” and “Meditation” while showcasing some original material penned by Paulo Jobim.


Milton Nascimento – Crooner (Warner Bros. Records) On his first disc of covers released a decade ago, Nascimento revisits his nightclub days by giving his own take on standards like Jorge Ben's “Mas Que Nada” and The Platters' “Only You” and even Michael Jackson's “Beat It.”


Lee Ritenour - Smoke N' Mirrors (Peak Records) The recording of  Daniel Jobim's “Dias Azuis” from this 2006 disc was the one that surprised Milton Nascimento and prompted him to include it on Novas Bossas


Antonio Carlos Jobim – Antonio Brasileiro (Sony): On the maestro's final opus released shortly after his passing in 1994, he is supported by several family members including Paulo and Daniel Jobim (who co-produced the disc) while sharing the spotlight with Sting on a definitive rendition of “How Insensitive” and Dorival Caymmi on the beautiful “Maricotinha.”