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Albare's 'Jobim' tribute is powerful and soothing / THE BLADE

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Virtuoso jazz guitarist Albare, successfully takes on the legacy of the incredibly influential Antonio Carlos Jobim, the late Brazilian musician-composer widely hailed as the creator of the genre known as bossa nova. Jobim, who died almost 26 years ago, was a vocalist who played mostly piano, guitar, and flute. He is best known as a driving force in the marriage of Latin sounds and American jazz in the 1950s, which also happened because of greats such as Joao Gilberto and Stan Getz. Jobim's impact on Brazilian music was so great that Rio de Janeiro named its airport after him.

On this disc, he performs an array of Jobim's music with fluid, soothing guitar work in which he seamlessly glides his fingers along his fretboard. It's a nice tribute to a musical giant. How big is bossa nova? It had an immediate impact on stars such as Elvis Presley, Ella Fitzgerald, and Frank Sinatra.