Antonio Carlos Jobim, the Brazilian composer, songwriter and musician whose hits "The Girl From Ipanema" and "Desafinado" touched off the bossa-nova craze of the 's and inspired many American jazz artists, died yesterday at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan. He was The cause was heart failure, said Leeza Peltz, a hospital spokeswoman. Jobim "was a musician who universalized our music" and called his death "an irreparable loss. Jobim, who was inducted into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame in New York in , also played piano and sang. He performed on Frank Sinatra's recent recording "Duets.
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Antonio Carlos Jobim, the Brazilian composer, songwriter and musician whose hits "The Girl From Ipanema" and "Desafinado" touched off the bossa-nova craze of the 's and inspired many American jazz artists, died yesterday at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan. He was The cause was heart failure, said Leeza Peltz, a hospital spokeswoman.
Jobim "was a musician who universalized our music" and called his death "an irreparable loss. Jobim, who was inducted into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame in New York in , also played piano and sang. He performed on Frank Sinatra's recent recording "Duets. Widely praised as one of the great pop composers of his time, he employed unusual harmonies. Jobim was born in in Rio de Janeiro and grew up nearby in Ipanema. He played the guitar and piano as a child and at 14 began studying under the tone composer Hans Joachim Koellrutter.
He worked briefly for an architect in the 's, but after hearing Duke Ellington and other American bandleaders perform in Rio, he decided to become a musician, performing in the small, crowded Rio clubs known as "inferninhos," or "little infernos. The trumpeter Bill Horne described Mr. Jobim's samba style at the time as quite distinctive, "soft and sophisticated, in much the same way an American pop tune sounds with a subdued modern jazz treatment. By the late 40's Mr.
Jobim was performing his own compositions, and in the early 50's he found work as an arranger for a large Brazilian recording company. With the guitarist and composer Luis Bonfa, he wrote the samba-influenced score for the French-Brazilian film "Black Orpheus," which retold the Orpheus myth in the setting of Brazil's Carnaval. The movie was a worldwide hit and won an Academy Award for best foreign film in Jobim, who had become the music director for Odeon records, began collaborating with Joao Gilberto, who was mixing samba and jazz in what came to be known as the bossa nova.
Bossa nova was a quiet revolution in Brazilian music. Built on the samba, it transferred the rhythms and messages of public celebrations to an intimate scale. Syncopated guitar chords replaced much of the percussion; melodies and harmonies echoed the twists of cool jazz, and lyrics were sly and elliptical, often sung in a whisper.
Jobim's songs, written with such lyricists as Newton Mendonca and Vinicius de Moraes, set a sophisticated standard for bossa-nova craftsmanship, influencing songwriters around the world. The bossa nova, and Mr. Jobim's music, won an even wider audience when the saxophonist Stan Getz and the guitarist Charlie Byrd recorded the album "Jazz Samba" on the Verve label in The album, which included "Desafinado" and "Meditation," reached the top of the pop charts.
Jobim made his United States debut with Mr. Gilberto, Getz and Mr. Byrd at Carnegie Hall in Jobim played piano on some songs. Jobim recorded several solo albums, including "Wave and Tide" , "Stone Flower" , "Urubu" and "Terra Brasilis" , as well as scores for for films, notably "Bahia" with Walter Queiroiz. With the renewal of interest in Brazilian music in the mid's, Mr. Jobim began performing again. In April he appeared at Carnegie Hall in a program celebrating the 50th anniversary of Verve records.
He is survived by his wife; their son and daughter; a son and daughter from a previous marriage, and a sister, Helena. View on timesmachine. TimesMachine is an exclusive benefit for home delivery and digital subscribers. To preserve these articles as they originally appeared, The Times does not alter, edit or update them. Occasionally the digitization process introduces transcription errors or other problems; we are continuing to work to improve these archived versions.
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He quickly showed an aptitude for music, and his stepfather sent him to a series of highly accomplished classically trained musicians for lessons. During the course of his studies, Jobim was particularly inspired by the music of Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos — , whose Western classical works regularly employed Brazilian melodic and rhythmic materials. When it came time to choose a career, Jobim initially showed no interest in pursuing music professionally, opting instead to become an architect. He soon became disenchanted with the choice, however, and left the field to devote himself fully to music.
Antonio Carlos Jobim, Composer, Dies at 67