Tom Jobim said that Milton Nascimento was the only singer capable of reaching the original pitches of his compositions. Nothing more appropriate, therefore, than Milton Nascimento joining the Jobim Trio to celebrate bossa nova's 50th anniversary with the new Blue Note Records release, Novas Bossas. Milton and the Jobim Trio (featuring guitarist Paulo Jobim; pianist Daniel Jobim; and drummer Paulo Braga) will be appearing at the New Jersey Perfoming Arts Center, Prudential Hall on Sunday, October 26.
The seeds for Novas Bossas were planted last year, in virtue of the celebrations for 80 years of Tom Jobim. Milton Nascimento and the Jobim Trio performed together at Rio de Janeiro's Botanical Garden, in a concert rendering homage to the supreme maestro. The event was a reunion of artists longtime acquainted. Milton was Tom Jobim's friend, and Jobim once wrote a text calling him his true panther" and his true song-bird." As for Paulo Jobim, he took part in the Clube da Esquina 2 tour carrying along with him his son Daniel. When I turned three years-old, Milton dedicated a concert to me, recalls Daniel.
The first song recorded was Samba Do Avio, which appeared in the soundtrack of 'Paraso Tropical' soap opera. Daniel Jobim explains that the track list emerged spontaneously, in afternoons of music and reminiscences. Each day we would remember a story. The impression I have is that I was never apart from Milton, because of the complicity we have up to these days, explains Paulo Braga.
Milton wanted to record several pieces from my father, says Paulo Jobim. Daniel suggested the inclusion of Tudo Que Voc Podia Ser." I have always been in love with this song and I thought it had a lot to do with the album's atmosphere. Milton loved the suggestion, because the only time he registered it was for Clube da Esquina and he never sang it again, not even at concerts." The couple of recordings that came from Milton's repertoire were ideas from Paulo Jobim. While I was playing at the studio, I felt an urge to remember Cais" and also suggested Tarde, which has a beautiful harmony and reminds me a lot of the time Milton came to Rio."
Bossa nova's greatest classic, Chega De Saudade, is also included in the track list.
It was refreshing to revisit this repertoire - which I have known for long - next to Milton, states Paulo Jobim. For Daniel Jobim, one side inspires the other. And when Milton sings, music is reborn." Paulo Braga feels that he is playing in a different, new way. It was a great pleasure, I felt rejuvenated."
Using Jobim's words on his bossa nova anthem Desafinado" ...this is 'Novas Bossas'. This is all very natural.