Oct 09 2009

Tom Jobim: Tom Canta Vinícius ao Vivo

The Maestro Sings


Tom Canta Vinícius

The year 2000 celebrated the 20th anniversary of the death of one of the most celebrated poets and song writers in Brazilian music. Vinícius de Moraes (Rio de Janeiro, RJ, 1913 – 1980) is associated with some of the best known Bossa Nova songs ever written. With countless worldwide hits, it is probably enough to simply name one song to identify this musical icon: “Garota de Ipanema.” He wrote its lyrics.

The album Tom Canta Vinícius was actually recorded live in 1990. At that time, Tom Jobim (Rio de Janeiro, RJ, 1927 – New York City, 1994) and his group were presenting a special show celebrating the tenth anniversary of the death of his old friend Vinícius de Moraes. Jobim’s band, comprised of his son Paulo Jobim (acoustic guitar and voice), the couple Jaques and Paula Morelenbaum (cello and voice, respectively) and Danilo Caymmi (flute and voice), visited some ofVinícius most beloved songs. Of course the overall tone of the album is one of sadness. It is clear from the start that Jobim truly admired his old friend and collaborator. At times, Jobim’s voice is noticeably shaky. It would not be a surprise to me if he had actually shed some tears in that show.

The CD begins so appropriately with the “Soneto da Separação.” Those verses epitomize the sadness of losing someone so dearly so quickly. From there on, the music varies from somber to happy to sad to lively. Jobim does not hide his heartfelt feelings for his partner. Tom Canta Vinícius is a hit parade that includes “Insensatez,” “Eu Sei Que Vou Te Amar,” “A Felicidade” and many other well known songs.

Of course a new Tom Jobim album is a reason to celebrate even if the overall tone of the recording is somber. The songs are not new, but they have never lost their special touch. In this historical album, they are even more special because they are sung from the heart of one of Brazil’s and the world’s most celebrated performer.

Vinícius de Moraes

Vinícius de Moraes



Tom Jobim
Tom Canta Vinícius – Ao Vivo 
Jobim Music 325912000362 (2000)
Biscoito Fino Jobim Music BJ 311 (2009)
DRG Records DGR Brazil DRG-CD-31623 (2009)
Time: 50’15”


All songs by Tom Jobim & Vinícius de Moraes, except where noted.

  1. Soneto da Separação
  2. Valsa de Eurídice (Vinícius de Moraes)
  3. Serenata do Adeus (Vinícius de Moraes)
  4. Medo de Amar (Vinícius de Moraes)
  5. Insensatez
  6. Poética (Vinícius de Moraes)
  7. Eu Não Existo Sem Você
  8. Derradeira Primavera
  9. Modinha
  10. Eu Sei Que Vou Te Amar
  11. Carta ao Tom / Carta do Tom (Toquinho – Vinícius de Moraes) / (Toquinho – Tom Jobim – Chico Buarque)
  12. A Felicidade
  13. Você e Eu (Carlos Lyra – Vinícius de Moraes)
  14. Samba do Carioca (Carlos Lyra – Vinícius de Moraes)
  15. Ela É Carioca
  16. Garota de Ipanema
  17. Pela Luz dos Olhos Teus (Vinícius de Moraes)

A modified version of this review first appeared in Luna Kafé in February 2001.