He embarked on his final tour twenty-five years ago yesterday. Here’s ‘Inca Roads,’ one of my favorites; the overdubs—audio and visual—you may find somewhat annoying, but they’re interesting in their own right.
FZ was, in my opinion, a creative genius of the highest order. I could go on and on about it in a way that only composers can. He cared about art and he tried to care about mankind, much to the confustication and bebotherment of the federal government.
Vinicius de Moraes, the poet behind many of the songs of Antonio Carlos Jobim, João Gilberto, and other Brazilian artists, died in 1980; later, Jobim and Gilberto came together to honor their colleague in performance. From YouTube, here are two of their best-known tunes: first Desafinado, then Garôta de Ipanema.
The sound quality is mediocre, but the musicianship is mesmerizing and the energy unbelievable. João sings a beautiful impromptu introduction to Garôta commemorating Vinicius, the poetinho, and Tom Jobim.
Presenting the Mahavishnu Orchestra, one of the first and greatest of the jazz-world-rock-fusion bands, in a television broadcast from the 1970s. The tune is titled ‘The Noonward Race.’ At this stage, the MO consisted of Billy Cobham on percussion, Rick Laird on bass, Jan Hammer on keyboards, Jerry Goodman on violin, and, of course, the preposterously gifted John McLaughlin on guitar.