Ezel & Tamara Wellons Chill With The ‘Girl From Ipanema’

As a new writer and avid Bossa Nova fan, I consider it a privilege to be able to review one of the many
versions of Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Girl From Ipanema." Believed to be the second most recorded song
ever, behind The Beatles "Yesterday," "Girl From Ipanema" helped ignite Bossa Nova's popularity
back in the early-to-mid 1960s. At 50 years old, the soft, sway-inducing tune still is interpreted by many
artists over multiple genres. While my favorite version is by the brilliant Sacha Distel and Dionne Warwick,
Ezel and Tamara Wellons add to the distinct legacy of the song with their efficient, piano-led version.
Tamara's voice is able to capture the spirit of Astrud Gilberto's smooth, even-handed interpretation
while added a helping of soul. What I most appreciate about this modern version is that it is not rushed
and it truly takes its time. The instrumental breaks between verses allow us to bask in the nostalgic vibe
of the song. Early covers of this song clock in at around 3:00 because of the simple, short but sweet
lyrics, but this version gracefully stretches the material. I appreciate that these young artists are able to
breathe new life into the classic. I hope they give further consideration to other venerable Jobim tracks
like "Corcovado," "One Note Samba" and "Somewhere In The Hills."


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