1964 Album Reissued On Vinyl LP!
Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Rated
Originally released in March 1964, this collaboration between saxophonist Stan
Getz and guitarist Joćo Gilberto came at seemingly the end of the bossa nova
craze Getz himself had sparked in 1962 with Jazz Samba, his release with
American guitarist Charlie Byrd. Jazz Samba remains the only jazz album to reach
number one in the pop charts. In fact, the story goes that Getz had to push for
the release of Getz/Gilberto since the company did not want to compete with its
own hit; it was a good thing he did. Getz/Gilberto, which featured composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim on piano, not only yielded the hit "Girl from Ipanema"
(sung by Astrud Gilberto, the guitarist's wife, who had no professional
experience) but also "Corcovado" ("Quiet Night")--an instant standard, and the
definitive version of "Desafinado." Getz/Gilberto spent 96 weeks in the charts
and won four Grammys. It remains one of those rare cases in popular music where
commercial success matches artistic merit. Bossa nova's "cool" aesthetic--with
its understated rhythms, rich harmonies, and slightly detached delivery--had
been influenced, in part, by cool jazz. Gilberto in particular was a Stan Getz
fan. Getz, with his lyricism, the bittersweet longing in his sound, and his
restrained but strong swing, was the perfect fit. His lines, at once decisive
and evanescent, focus the rest of the group's performance without overpowering.
Stan Getz, tenor sax
Antonio Carlos Jobin, piano
Joao Gilberto, guitar & vocals
Tommy Williams, bass
Milton Banana, drums
Astrud Gilberto, vocals
1. The Girl From Ipanema
3. Para Machucar Meu Coracao
6. So Danco Samba
7. O Grande Amor
8. Vivi Sohando
Recorded March 18 & 19. 1963 in New York City.