14 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Elis Regina, one of Brazil’s most adored singers, partnered in 1974 with bossa nova star Antônio Carlos “Tom” Jobim to make one of the finest songbook albums of all time. With her relaxed and intimate delivery, Regina highlights the melodic genius of Jobim’s songs like no one else, whether it’s a hovering minor-key mood piece like “Modhina” or an airtight groove like “Brigas Nunca Mais.” Jobim mainly plays piano, though he sings with Regina on the playful opener “Águas de Março” and elsewhere. The orchestral treatments glow, but Elis & Tom is in essence a small-band album—the splashes of electric guitar and Fender Rhodes are pure Los Angeles, where the record was made, signaling the jazz-informed, outward-looking hybridity at bossa nova’s core.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Elis Regina, one of Brazil’s most adored singers, partnered in 1974 with bossa nova star Antônio Carlos “Tom” Jobim to make one of the finest songbook albums of all time. With her relaxed and intimate delivery, Regina highlights the melodic genius of Jobim’s songs like no one else, whether it’s a hovering minor-key mood piece like “Modhina” or an airtight groove like “Brigas Nunca Mais.” Jobim mainly plays piano, though he sings with Regina on the playful opener “Águas de Março” and elsewhere. The orchestral treatments glow, but Elis & Tom is in essence a small-band album—the splashes of electric guitar and Fender Rhodes are pure Los Angeles, where the record was made, signaling the jazz-informed, outward-looking hybridity at bossa nova’s core.

TITLE TIME

More By Elis Regina

You May Also Like