Song No. 85 — Wave aka Vou Te Contar | Antônio Carlos Jobim (1967)

Antônio Carlos Jobim - Wave (1967) a

Wave, sometimes also titled Waves or Onda, was introduced in October 1967 by Antônio Carlos Jobim as an instrumental piece on his album of the same name, arranged and conducted by Claus Ogerman. The lineup included Urbie Green and Jimmy Cleveland on trombone, Ron Carter on bass and a 17-piece string ensemble. Playing drums on some of the tracks, Dom Um Romão was the only native Brazilian apart from Jobim. The album was Jobim’s third collaboration with Ogerman in 1967 following Francis Albert Sinatra & Antônio Carlos Jobim and A Certain Mr. Jobim, and his fourth including The Composer of Desafiando in 1963.

In Brazil, the first release of Wave was probably Sérgio Mendes’ version with Brasil ’66, although recorded after Jobim’s original.

Wave 4-track cartridge a

Wave 4-track cartridge b Wave inspired also some notable jazz versions including from Stanley Turrentine, Ahmad Jamal, Paul Desmond and Brasil’s very own Victor Assis Brasil who recorded an epic 14 minute version. Sarah Vaughan was noted for her skilful concert renditions of the song while Frank Sinatra recorded his lowest note on Wave, a low E♭, at his second session with Jobim in November 1969.

Both the English and the Brazilian lyrics, titled Vou te Contar, were written by Jobim soon after the album release. Wave, the album, turned out to be Jobim’s most successful one while Wave, the song, became an instant classic with more than 200 recordings.

Selected recordings of Wave aka Vou Te Contar:

1. Antônio Carlos Jobim from the album Wave (1967, A&M Records/Odeon A&M 2010 and CTI/A&M Records [USA] SP 3002)

Antônio Carlos Jobim - Wave (1967) a

Antônio Carlos Jobim - Wave (1967) b

Antônio Carlos Jobim - Wave (1967) c
Artwork for Wave by Sam Antupit with photograph by Pete Turner

2. Sérgio Mendes & Brasil ’66 from the album Equinox (1967, A&M Records [USA] SP 4122 and A&M Records/Odeon A&M 2002)

Sérgio Mendes & Brasil '66 - Equinox (1967) a    Sérgio Mendes & Brasil '66 - Equinox (1967) b
Artwork for Equinox by Peter Whorf Graphics

3. Norberto Baldauf from the album Êle Gravou Parole Até 2a Feira (1968, Philips R 765.042 L)

Norberto Baldauf - Êle Gravou Parole Até 2a Feira (1968) a    Norberto Baldauf - Êle Gravou Parole Até 2a Feira (1968) b

4. Quarteto 004 and Antônio Carlos Jobim from the album Retrato em Branco e Prêto (1968, Ritmos/Codil CDL 13011)

Quarteto 004 - Retrato em Branco e Prêto (1968) a    Quarteto 004 - Retrato em Branco e Prêto (1968) b
Artwork for Retrato em Branco e Prêto by Millor Fernandes

5. Paulo Moura from the album Mensagem (1968, Equipe EQC 6001)

Paulo Moura — Hepteto (a)    Paulo Moura — Hepteto (b)
Artwork for Mensagem by Selma Knupfer

6. Os Cariocas from the single Viola Enluarada b/w Vou Te Contar (1968, RCA Victor LC-6422)

7. Som Nove from the album Som Nove (1968, Ritmos/Codil CDL 13010)

Som Nove — Som Nove (a)    Som Nove — Som Nove (b)
Artwork for Som Nove by Joselito with photographs by Mafra

8. Caçulinha from the album Caçulinha (1968, Odeon MOFB 3553)

Caçulinha - Caçulinha (1968)

9. Paulo Moura Hepteto + 10. Quarteto 004 and Antônio Carlos Jobim from the album Show Discomunal (1968, Museu da Imagem e do Som MIS 007)

Various - Discomunal (1968) a    Various - Discomunal (1968) b
Artwork for Show Discomunal by Joselito

11. Conjunto Belsom from the album O Som Internacional do Belsom (c.1968, Hot/Rioson LPH 5015)

Conjunto Belsom - O Som Internacional do Belsom (c1968) a    Conjunto Belsom - O Som Internacional do Belsom (c1968) b

12. O Quarteto from the album O Quarteto (1968, Philips R 765.055 L)

O Quarteto - O Quarteto (1968) a    O Quarteto - O Quarteto (1968) b

13. Dóris Monteiro from the album Mudando de Conversa (1969, Odeon MOFB 3575)

Dóris Monteiro - Mudando de Conversa (1969) a    Dóris Monteiro - Mudando de Conversa (1969) b

14. Sebastião Tapajós from the album Sebastião Tapajós e Sua Gitarra Cósmica (1969, Forma VDL 114)

Sebastião Tapajós - Sebastião Tapajós e Sua Gitarra Cósmica (1969) a    Sebastião Tapajós - Sebastião Tapajós e Sua Gitarra Cósmica (1969) b
Artwork for Sebastião Tapajós e Sua Gitarra Cósmica by Lincoln with photographs by Gaúcho

15. Bossa Rio from the album Bossa Rio (1969, Polydor LPG 624.019)

Bossa Rio - Bossa Rio (1969) a    Bossa Rio - Bossa Rio (1969) b

16. Victor Pilla from the album Brazilian New Sound (1969, Polydor LPNG 44.027)

Victor Pilla - Brazilian New Sound (1969) a    Victor Pilla - Brazilian New Sound (1969) b

17. Papudinho from the album Papudinho Especial! (1969, PAT Records ‎LP-307)

Papudinho - Papudinho Especial (1969) a    Papudinho - Papudinho Especial (1969) b

18. Elis Regina and Toots Thielemanns from the album Elis & Toots (1969, Philips ‎[NL] 850 069 PY and Honeysuckle Rose Aquarela do Brasil (1978, [BR] Fontana/Philips 6436 123)

Elis Regina and Toots Thielemanns - Elis & Toots (1969, NL)

Elis Regina and Toots Thielemanns - Elis & Toots (1978, BR) a    Elis Regina and Toots Thielemanns - Elis & Toots (1978, BR) b

19. Luiz Eça from the album Luiz Eça, Piano e Cordas – Vol. 2 (1970, Elenco SE 1005)

Luiz Eça - Luiz Eça, Piano e Cordas – Vol. 2 (1970) a    Luiz Eça - Luiz Eça, Piano e Cordas – Vol. 2 (1970) b

20. Samba 5 from the album Moderninho (1970, Tropicana TRO 3031)

Samba 5 - Moderninho (1970) a    Samba 5 - Moderninho (1970) b

21. Victor Assis Brasil from the album Jobim (1970, Quartin LP RSQ 2)

Victor Assis Brasil - Jobim (1970)

22. Percy Faith from the album Black Magic Woman (1971, CBS 137756 and Columbia [USA] CQ 30800)

Percy Faith - Black Magic Woman (1971) a    Percy Faith - Black Magic Woman (1971) b
Artwork for Black Magic Woman by Joe Garnett

23. Elis Regina from the album Elis Regina in London (1972, Philips 6349 042, recorded 1969)

Elis Regina - Elis Regina in London (1972) a    Elis Regina - Elis Regina in London (1972) b

24. Oscar Castro Neves and Lee Ritenour from the album Um Encontro (1974, Evento/Odeon SE 11005)

Oscar_Castro_Neves_&_Lee_Ritenour_01a    Oscar_Castro_Neves_&_Lee_Ritenour_01c

25. Geraldo Vespar from the album Brasil Romântico (1975, Odeon SMOFB 3860)

Geraldo Vespar - Brasil Romântico (1974) a    Geraldo Vespar - Brasil Romântico (1974) b

26. João Gilberto from the album Amoroso (1977, WEA BR 36.022)

João Gilberto - Amoroso (1977)

27. Antônio Carlos Jobim, from the album Tom / Vinícius / Toquinho / Miúcha – Gravado ao Vivo no Caneção (1977, Som Livre 403.6142)

Tom - Vinícius - Toquinho - Miúcha – Gravado ao Vivo no Caneção (1977) a    Tom - Vinícius - Toquinho - Miúcha – Gravado ao Vivo no Caneção (1977) b

Selected medleys of Wave aka Vou Te Contar:

1. Elis Regina from the album Elis Especial (1968, Philips P 765.056 L)

Elis Regina — Elis Especial (a)    Elis Regina — Elis Especial (b)

Selected recordings of Wave aka Vou Te Contar originally not issued in Brazil:

1. Lenita Bruno from the album Work of Love (1967, Nucleus Records)

Lenita Bruno - Work of Love (1964)

2. Walter Wanderley and Talya Ferro from the album Batucada (1967, Verve Records [USA] V6-8706)

Walter Wanderley - Batucada (1967) a    Walter Wanderley - Batucada (1967) b

3. Nancy Wilson from the album Easy (1968, Capitol Records [USA] ST-2909)

Nancy Wilson - Easy (1968) a    Nancy Wilson - Easy (1968) b

4. Frank Sinatra & Antônio Carlos Jobim from the unissued album Sinatra–Jobim (1969, Reprise [USA]), partly issued as Sinatra & Company (1971, Reprise Records [USA] FS-1033 and 1973, Reprise Records/Continental RLLP [USA] 2019)

Frank Sinatra & Antônio Carlos Jobim - SinatraJobim (1969 unissued)    Frank Sinatra & Antônio Carlos Jobim - Sinatra & Company (1971)

5. Stanley Turrentine from the album Ain’t No Way (1981, Blue Note [USA] LT-1095, recorded 1969)

6. The Sandpipers from the album The Wonder of You (1969, A&M Records ‎[USA] SP-4180)

The Sandpipers - The Wonder of You (1969) a    The Sandpipers - The Wonder of You (1969) b

7. Oscar Peterson from the album Motions & Emotions (1969, MPS Records ‎[GER] MPS 15251 ST)

Oscar Peterson - Motions & Emotions (1969)

8. Ahmad Jamal from the album The Awakening (1970, Impulse! [USA] AS-9194)

Ahmad Jamal - The Awakening (1970) a    Ahmad Jamal - The Awakening (1970) b

9. Buddy Rich from the album Stick it (1972, RCA Victor [USA] LSP-4802)

Buddy Rich - Sick it (1972) a    Buddy Rich - Sick it (1972) b

10. Sarah Vaughan from the album Send in the Clowns (1974, Mainstream Records ‎[USA] MRL 412)

Sarah Vaughan - Send in the Clowns (1974)

11. Paul Desmond from the album Pure Desmond (1975, CTI Records ‎[USA] CTI 6059 S1, skipped from release)

Paul Desmond - Pure Desmond (1975) a    Paul Desmond - Pure Desmond (1975) b

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WAVE

So close your eyes • For that’s a lovely way to be • Aware of things your heart alone was meant to see • The fundamental loneliness goes • Whenever two can dream a dream together

You can’t deny • Don ‘t try to fight the rising sea • Don’t fight the moon, the stars above and don’t fight me • The fundamental loneliness goes • Whenever two can dream a dream together

When I saw you first the time was half past three • When your eyes met mine it was eternity

By now we know • The wave is on its way to be • Just catch the wave don’t be afraid of loving me • The fundamental loneliness goes • Whenever two can dream a dream together

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VOU TE CONTAR

Vou te contar, os olhos já não podem ver • Coisas que só o coração pode entender • Fundamental é mesmo o amor • É impossível ser feliz sozinho

O resto é mar, e tudo que eu não sei contar • São coisas lindas que eu tenho pra te dar • Vem de mansinho a brisa e me diz • É impossível ser feliz sozinho

Da primeira vez era a cidade • Da segunda o cais e a eternidade

Agora eu já sei, da onda que se ergueu no mar • E das estrelas que esquecemos de contar • O amor se deixa surpreender • Enquanto a noite vem nos envolver

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