Francis Albert Sinatra & Antônio Carlos Jobim is a 1967 album by Frank Sinatra and Antônio Carlos Jobim. The tracks were arranged and conducted by Claus Ogerman, accompanied by a studio orchestra. Along with Jobim’s original compositions, the album features three standards from the Great American Songbook, (“Change Partners”, “I Concentrate on You”, and “Baubles, Bangles and Beads”) arranged in the bossa nova style.
Sinatra and Jobim followed up this album with sessions for a second collaboration, titled Sinatra-Jobim. That album was briefly released on 8-track tape (Reprise 8FH 1028) in 1969 before being taken out of print at Sinatra’s behest, due to concerns over its sales potential. Several of the Sinatra-Jobim tracks were subsequently incorporated in the Sinatra & Company album (1971) and the Sinatra–Jobim Sessions compilation (1979). In 2010 the Concord Records label issued a new, comprehensive compilation titled Sinatra/Jobim: The Complete Reprise Recordings.
At the 10th Annual Grammy Awards in 1968, Francis Albert Sinatra & Antônio Carlos Jobim was nominated for the Grammy Award for Album of the Year, but lost to the Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Sinatra had won the previous two Grammy awards for album of the year, in 1967 and 1966.
“The Girl from Ipanema” (Antônio Carlos Jobim, Norman Gimbel, Vinícius de Moraes) – 3:00
“Dindi” (Ray Gilbert, Jobim, Aloysio de Oliveria) – 3:25
“Change Partners” (Irving Berlin) – 2:40
“Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars (Corcovado)” (Jobim, Gene Lees) – 2:45
“Meditation (Meditação)” (Jobim, Gimbel, Newton Mendonça) – 2:51
“If You Never Come to Me (Inútil Paisagem)” (Jobim, Gilbert, de Oliveira) – 2:10
“How Insensitive (Insensatez)” (Jobim, Gimbel, de Moraes) – 3:15
“I Concentrate on You” (Cole Porter) – 2:32
“Baubles, Bangles and Beads” (Robert C. Wright, George Forrest, Alexander Borodin) – 2:32
“Once I Loved (O Amor em Paz)” (Jobim, Gilbert, de Moraes) – 2:37
AllMusic Review: By 1967, bossa nova had become quite popular within jazz and traditional pop audiences, yet Frank Sinatra hadn’t attempted any Brazil-influenced material. Sinatra decided to record a full-fledged bossa nova album with the genre’s leading composer, Antonio Carlos Jobim. Arranged by Claus Ogerman and featuring Jobim on guitar and backing vocals, Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim concentrated on Jobim’s originals, adding three American classics — “Baubles, Bangles and Beads,” “Change Partners,” and “I Concentrate on You” — that were rearranged to suit bossa nova conventions. The result was a subdued, quiet album that used the Latin rhythms as a foundation, not as a focal point. Supported by a relaxed, sympathetic arrangement of muted brass, simmering percussion, soft strings, and Jobim’s lilting guitar, Sinatra turns in an especially noteworthy performance; he has never sounded so subtle, underplaying every line he delivers and showcasing vocal techniques that he never had displayed before. Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim doesn’t reveal its pleasures immediately; the album is too textured and understated to be fully appreciated within one listen. After a few plays, the album begins to slowly work its way underneath a listener’s skin, and it emerges as one of his most rewarding albums of the ’60s. — Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Schill Score: 9/10
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