The Composer of Desafinado, Plays is the first album by Antônio Carlos Jobim. Released in 1963, the album features a dozen instrumentals arranged by Claus Ogerman, whose work would mark the beginning of a lifelong musical relationship with Jobim. Of these twelve songs, nearly all of them are jazz standards. The opening track "The Girl from Ipanema" is believed to be the second most recorded song in history behind The Beatles' "Yesterday," and a recording of the song by Astrud Gilberto and Stan Getz became a worldwide hit in 1964.
Jobim plays both guitar and piano on the album, the latter of which producers resisted because they wanted to present the image of the Latin man and his guitar, which is evident from the album cover itself.
The album was inducted into the Latin Grammy Hall of Fame in 2001. In 2007, Rolling Stone Brasil ranked it number 58 in "Os 100 Maiores Discos da Música Brasileira" (The 100 greatest Brazilian music records). Pete Welding of Down Beat said, "If the Bossa Nova movement had produced only this record, it would already be fully justified.
- 1. Girl From Ipanema
- 2. Amor En Paz (Once I Loved)
- 3. Agua De Beber
- 4. Vivo Sohando (Dreamer)
- 5. Favela (O Morro Nao Tem Vez)
- 6. Insensatez (How Insensitive)
- 7. Corcovado (Quiet Nights)
- 8. Samba De Uma Nota So
- 9. Meditation
- 10. Jazz Samba (So Danco Samba)
- 11. Chega De Saudade (No More Blues)
- 12. Desafinado