Antonio Jobim
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Antonio Carlos ("Tom") Jobim, who had already debuted with the extravagant Sinfonia do Rio de Janeiro (1954), began a collaboration with Vinicius de Moraes when he scored the soundtrack for the other's play, Orfeu da Conceicao (1956), which included his first standard, Se Todos Fossem Iguais a Voce. After Desafinado (1957), which was sung by Joao Gilberto and included the title-track, Bonfa and Jobim scored the film Orfeu Negro (1958), indulging in the new samba-jazz hybrid that they were developing (A Felicidade).

At the same time, Jobim and de Moraes released Cancao do Amor Demais (1958), featuring Eliseth Cardoso on vocals and Joao Gilberto on guitar, which contained Jobim's Chega de Saudade, the song that established bossanova in Brazil. Jobim and Morais also wrote Garota de Ipanema (1962), which turned bossanova into a world-wide phenomenon.

Vinicius de Moraes also wrote the lyrics for Por Toda Minha Vida (1959) and the experimental Sinfonia Da Alvorada (1961).

Wave And Tide (1967) and Stone Flower (1970) were also significant albums.

But Jobim mainly devoted himself to easy-listening music, including albums arranged by Claus Ogerman: The Composer of Desafinado Plays (1963), Matita Pere' (1973) and Urubu (1976).

Terra Brasilis (1980) is probably the best of his later albums.

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