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Milton Nascimento & the Jobim Trio All Ages Critic's Choice Recommended The List (Music) Soundboard

When: Fri., Oct. 17, 8 p.m. 2008
Though the paradigm-shifting innovation of his early career is long gone, Brazilian singer and composer Milton Nascimento is doing his best work in decades. The new Novas Bossas (Blue Note) had its genesis last year at a celebration for what would’ve been the 80th birthday of Antonio Carlos Jobim; Nascimento played a set with Jobim’s son Paulo on guitar, grandson Daniel on piano, and Paulo Braga on drums, and they enjoyed it so much they decided to make an album. The sessions, intended to produce only demos, were so relaxed and productive that the group recorded not only the Jobim tunes they’d set out to do—breezy, sometimes reharmonized versions of classics like “Chega de Saudade” and “Inutil Paisagem”—but also a couple songs from Nascimento’s 1972 tour de force Clube da Esquina. Despite the casual atmosphere in the studio, the performances don’t feel tossed off; the arrangements are compact and focused, and Nascimento’s extraordinary voice is as elastic and ethereal as ever. None of the material, aside from Daniel Jobim’s “Dias Azuis,” was written in the past 30 years, but I don’t mind so much that Nascimento isn’t debuting any songs—at least he’s making old ones sound alive. This is his first Chicago appearance in more than 14 years. —Peter Margasak

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