Sinatra & Jobim @ 50

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Sinatra & Jobim @ 50
Sinatra & Jobim @ 50 (John Pizzarelli album cover).jpg
Studio album by
John Pizzarelli, featuring Daniel Jobim
ReleasedJuly 28, 2017 (2017-07-28)
RecordedJanuary 2017 (2017-01)
StudioJacob Burns Media Arts Lab, Sito Poco Fundo, Rio de Janeiro
LabelConcord Jazz
John Pizzarelli chronology
Midnight McCartney
Sinatra & Jobim @ 50

Sinatra & Jobim @ 50 is a latin jazz album by John Pizzarelli, released in 2017 with Concord Jazz. It's a tribute to the 1967 album Francis Albert Sinatra & Antônio Carlos Jobim, released fifty years ago at the time of recording.[1] It's also Pizzarelli's first foray into the genre since his 2004 album Bossa Nova.[2]

The album features Jobim's grandson Daniel Jobim on piano and vocals, whose parts were recorded in his native Brazil.[3] Other backing vocals are provided by his wife Jessica Molaskey, and daughter Madeleine Pizzarelli.[4]

The tracks include Antonio's Song, a tribute to Jobim by Michael Franks[5] whom Pizzarelli also cited as a hero of his.[6] Also included are two new tracks written by Pizzarelli and Molaskey.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[2]
The Times3/5 stars[7]

Matt Collar of AllMusic rated it with the best of John Pizzarelli's albums to date, with 4.5 stars. He commented "Sinatra & Jobim at 50 works as both an homage to two of Pizzarelli's biggest influences and a revealing showcase for his ever deepening musical palette," and that "the album was an unexpected delight for fans."[2]

C. Michael Bailey summarised the album for All About Jazz as a "quiet, breezy affair of lilting Brazilian rhythms and melodies played by a crack team of musicians." He commented "singing and guitar playing are of the level we have come to expect of Pizzarelli, who has matured fully into this role of keeper of the flame for this flavor of jazz music."[8]

Will Friedwald of The Wall Street Journal ended his review saying the album "succeed[ed] at maintaining a tricky balance: staying true to the [original] while, at the same time, creating something new and exciting out of music already considered classic.[9]

Christopher Louden wrote for the JazzTimes that "Pizzarelli revisits the Sinatra-Jobim oeuvre with sublimely honorific results."[10]

Track listing[edit]

1."Baubles, Bangles and Beads"3:09
2."Água de Beber"4:07
3."Meditation/Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars"3:59
5."I Concentrate on You/Wave"5:32
6."Antonio's Song"
  • Michael Franks
7."Two Kites"Jobim4:33
8."She's So Sensitive"
  • Jessica Molaskey
  • John Pizzarelli
  • Gilbert
  • Jobim
10."If You Never Come to Me/Change Partners"
11."Canto Casual"
  • Molaskey
  • Pizzarelli



  • John Pizzarelli – guitar (acoustic), guitar (electric), primary artist, vocals, vocals (background)
  • Daniel Jobim – piano, vocals
  • Harry Allen – sax (tenor)
  • Hélio Alves – piano
  • Duduka da Fonseca – drums, percussion
  • Mike Karn – double bass
  • Jessica Molaskey – vocals (background)
  • Madeleine Pizzarelli – vocals (background)



  • Songs are listed in the language as they appear in the album's liner notes, but link to their Portuguese titles on Wikipedia where appropriate.
  • Some reviewers reference the album with the word "at" (see References) but the album cover and official sites use an ampersand.


  1. ^ Guitar World Staff (2007-06-14). "John Pizzarelli Premieres "She's So Sensitive" Music Video". Guitar World. Retrieved 2018-09-10.
  2. ^ a b c Collar, Matt. Sinatra & Jobim at 50 at AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-09-10.
  3. ^ Sexton, Paul. "John Pizzarelli Celebrates 'Sinatra & Jobim @ 50'". uDiscoverMusic. Retrieved 2018-09-10.
  4. ^ Sinatra & Jobim @ 50 (CD liner notes). John Pizzarelli, featuring Daniel Jobim. United States: Concord Jazz. 2017. CJA00055.CS1 maint: others (link)
  5. ^ Boissoneau, Ross. Abandoned Garden at AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-02-19.
  6. ^ Layman, Will (2017-08-30). "John Pizzarelli Recreates Sinatra/Jobim and Makes It New Again". Retrieved 2018-09-10.
  7. ^ Pearson, Chris (2017-07-07). "Jazz review: John Pizzarelli: Sinatra & Jobim @ 50". The Times. London.
  8. ^ Bailey, C. Michael. "John Pizzarelli: Sinatra & Jobim @ 50". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2018-09-10.
  9. ^ Friedwald, Will (2017-08-02). "'Sinatra & Jobim @ 50' and 'Portrait of Joni' Reviews: Celebrating Pop's Past". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2018-09-10.
  10. ^ Loudon, Christopher (2017-10-08). "John Pizzarelli: Sinatra & Jobim @ 50 (Concord Jazz)". "JazzTimes". Retrieved 2018-09-10.

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