German born Dirk K started his career in L.A. in 1987. He performed with musical legends like Randy Brecker, Toots Thielemans, Will Kennedy, Gary Meek, Mitch Forman, and many more. He participated on more than 30 CD’s as a guitarist, composer and producer. He is one of the most productive musician. Only in 2007 he released 4 (!) projects: Flamenco Jazz (Quartet Equinox), Shelly BMW presents Dirk K, Shelly BMW presents Dirk K - Season Greetings and Dirk K Plays Jobim. To say it in short words: Dirk is a master of the Flamenco guitar.

His personal favorite is the music of the Brazilian musician Antonio Carlos Jobim. Dirk comments: “At an early age, my parents introduced me to the music of Antônio Carlos Jobim. His music featured a singer, Astrud Gilbero, the style of music was Bossa Nova. I fell in love immediately. All those great compositions were hidden somewhere in my mind for years.

It wasn’t until I started performing with the Brazilian singer and guitarist Kleber Jorge, that all those memories came back and as a result, I decided to record 10 of my favorite Jobim classics. I know, I am not the first one to do so, but I hope to give these compositions a new and fresh appeal with my signature Dirk K guitar sound. I dedicate this CD to my fans.”

Wikipedia considers Jobim's Chega De Saudade (No More Blues) as the first Bossa nova song. The song became popular with João Gilberto's interpretation launching the Bossa nova movement. Dirk's interpretation is a brilliant performance of the lead melody filled with guitar layers switching on and off.

Still giving Jobim's music the necessary respect Dirk delivers a modern version of Triste with an urban beat. It's the guitar which sounds and counts. Agua De Beber is another popular song of Jobim. Originally brought to the American market with Jobim's album The Composer of Desafinado Plays (1963) this song began a triumphal procession through many albums. Dirk delivers a successful amalgam of electric and acoustic guitars.

Desafinado (Slightly Out of Tune) is one of the greatest hits penned by Jobim. Covered by such a like Herb Alpert, Ella Fitzgerald or George Michael it's one of those songs we can count to the world songbook. Dirk's version radiates the spirit of the original. O' Amor Em Paz (Once I Loved) is another Jobim classic. A slow ballade often interpreted and performed by Dirk with great sensitivity.

The song Dindi found the way to many popular coroners like Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Johnny Mathis or Paul Anka and great vocalists like Jane Monheit, Jeane Carne and Ella Fitzgerald. From the smooth jazz scene I remember versions of Norman Connors and Dave Bradshaw. Dirk spell bounds a special atmosphere with a sitar sounding background.

Listen to melodies like Insensatez (How Insensitive) is like meeting old friends. Jobim has a great influence on the contemporary music of the last century. Dirk captures the spirit of the song perfectly.
Corcovado (Quiet Nights) and most the tunes on this album were originally released on Stan Getz' album Getz/Gilberto (1963) introducing Jobim to the American public.

On Meditação (Meditation) Dirk shows with a gentle ease his mastership on guitar. Listen especially to the last part of the song. Wave is certainly besides Girl From Ipanema Jobim's most popular song. Dirk plays the song a little bit slower than the original given him the opportunity to carve the details in a brilliant manner.

Dirk K Plays Antonio Carlos Jobim is an excellent festival of acoustic guitar and the best portal to become acquainted with Jobim's work.



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    Dirk K - Dirk K Plays Antonio Carlos Jobim

    01. Chega De Saudade (No More Blues) 05:10
    02. Triste 04:56
    03. Agua De Beber (Water to Drink) 05:13
    04. Desafinado (Slightly Out of Tune) 05:35
    05. O' Amor Em Paz (Once I Loved) 04:46
    06. Dindi 05:25
    07. Insensatez (How Insensitive) 05:02
    08. Corcovado (Quiet Nights) 05:13
    09. Meditação (Meditation) 04:48
    10. Wave 04:46