Tom & Joy Reinvent Brazilian Jobim With a French Zest

Joy & Tom from Tom & Joy Sing Tom Jobim Slip in "Antigua" by Parisian duo Tom (Thomas Naim) and Joy (Joyce Hozé-Liwer) and be immersed in a beautifully fragrant cocktail – equal parts bossa nova, afrobeat, and jazz with a splash of French chanson.
The duo, accompanied by a band of five musicians (drummer, bassist, keyboardist, sax player and trumpeter) have delivered a sophisticated, multilingual (French, Portuguese, Spanish, English) album of songs which evoke soothing, welcome images of balmy beaches, Parisian cafés, and breezy summer Sunday afternoons zipping around town on a scooter.

"Antigua" opens-and appropriately sets the mood-with the intoxicatingly sweet "Meditation," originally written by Antonio Carlos Jobim and later adapted and sung by Claudine Longet in the late Sixties. Moving on to the Portuguese "Imagina," the album begins to unfold, revealing one subtly exotic song after the next.

The title song, "Antigua" features legendary Afrobeat drummer Tony Allan (formerly of Fela), just one of many African musicians on the Parisian scene. (A remix by Bob Sinclar can be heard on the previously released Yellow/Tommy Boy CD, "Africanism III" by the Africanism Allstars.)

Afro-rhythms also surface in "Jamaica" and "Kadia." "Be Mine," "Out of My Mind" hover between jazz and pop funk while the duo’s love for the heaven that is unfettered bossa nova is frankly in evidence on "Esquece," "Celebridade," and "Lluvia," a song written and sung in Spanish, which could be the perfect ending to any Pedro Almodovar film.

Tom & Joy clearly love-live for-a particularly sunny spectrum of music as evidenced in the various musical arrangements throughout "Antigua": strings and harmonica on "Esquece" a brass section on "Outro Mundo"; muted trumpet with a very "Saint-Germain-des-Prés" sound on "Broadway." "Antigua," is a modern, cosmopolitan album, rich in variety, influence, musicianship and personality.

Though perfect for a James Bond-glam equatorial sunset cocktail party on an Ipaneman terrace, "Antigua" is equally as effective in pushing back the noise of the subway, ennui of a long commute or mellowing the cares of the day. En-Joy!

"Antigua" is the third album to be released via the Yellow Productions Recording (France)/Tommy Boy Entertainment (NYC) deal. Previously released are "Africanism III" by the Africanism Allstars and the radiant "Brasil" by Salomé de Bahia. Yellow Productions is owned by Parisian jet-set DJ and producer Bob Sinclar. "Love Generation," the first single from his early 2006 Yellow Productions/Tommy Boy solo album is out now.

Tags:

  • Show Comments (1)

  • Guest

    Excellent record and review
    I love the record and this review cleared a couple of details. I got her confused with Joyce, the Brazilian singer. Good she’s now Joy, since the first record made a couple of people think it was Tom Jobim with Joyce.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Ads

You May Also Like

Qatar Tells Brazil: ‘Come Visit and Bring Samples’

Qatar wants to see Brazilian production up closer. The vice president of the Chamber ...

Community Gives Big Boost to AIDS Fight in Brazil

In the opinion of the technical director of the Brazilian Ministry of Health’s HIV/AIDS ...

Brazil Urges Farmers to Kill All Cattle in Areas Hit by Foot and Mouth Disease

Brazil’s Minister of Agriculture, Roberto Rodrigues, said he hopes that the Brazilian states affected ...

Brazilian Indians: What FUNAI Won’t Tell You

Tours with visits to Indian villages are common in the Brazilian Amazon. Within the ...

Brazil Is Putting on Green Make-up, Says Greenpeace

The administration of Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has extended tax breaks ...

Brazil’s Recycling Map Shows Close to 2,500 Firms Working in the Sector

Brazil has today 2,361 companies operating in the recycling sector, amongst recyclers, scrap dealers, ...

Tested in Brazil New Vaccine Works on Cervical Cancer

Gardasil, the investigational vaccine against Human Papillomavirus (HPV) from Merck & Co., Inc., significantly ...

Brazil Hopeful the Amazon Will Be Deemed Free of Hoof and Mouth Disease

According to the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Supply, Brazil is about to ...

Most of Brazil’s 3,400 Refugees are from Angola and Live in Sí£o Paulo

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees reports that there are 3,400 refugees in Brazil ...

Brazilian Scandal’s Moneyman Testifies for 15 Hours and Lists All He Gave Money To

In his third appearance at congressional hearings, adman/businessman Marcos Valério, spent 15 hours Tuesday, ...