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Album Review

One of the biggest-selling jazz albums of all time, not to mention bossa nova's finest moment, Getz/Gilberto trumped Jazz Samba by bringing two of bossa nova's greatest innovators — guitarist/singer João Gilberto and composer/pianist Antonio Carlos Jobim — to New York to record with Stan Getz. The results were magic. Ever since Jazz Samba, the jazz marketplace had been flooded with bossa nova albums, and the overexposure was beginning to make the music seem like a fad. Getz/Gilberto made bossa nova a permanent part of the jazz landscape not just with its unassailable beauty, but with one of the biggest smash hit singles in jazz history — "The Girl from Ipanema," a Jobim classic sung by João's wife, Astrud Gilberto, who had never performed outside of her own home prior to the recording session. Beyond that, most of the Jobim songs recorded here also became standards of the genre — "Corcovado" (which featured another vocal by Astrud), "So Danço Samba," "O Grande Amor," a new version of "Desafinado." With such uniformly brilliant material, it's no wonder the album was such a success but, even apart from that, the musicians all play with an effortless grace that's arguably the fullest expression of bossa nova's dreamy romanticism ever brought to American listeners. Getz himself has never been more lyrical, and Gilberto and Jobim pull off the harmonic and rhythmic sophistication of the songs with a warm, relaxed charm. This music has nearly universal appeal; it's one of those rare jazz records about which the purist elite and the buying public are in total agreement. Beyond essential. [The CD was also released with bonus tracks.]

Customer Reviews

Way ahead of it's time. Buy the original first then worry about the millions of other renditions!

Wow what an album! What a cast! You have the inventor of the bossa rhythm, the guitar maestro who sings with his cool brazilian style, Joao Gilberto, the expert tinkling on the ivories by the one & only Antonio Carlos Jobim, great West Coast Jazz sax by the fantastic Stan Getz and the girly vocals of Joao's then wife Astrud Gilberto who crossed the album over toppling The Beatles off the top of the charts in 1964. Milton Banana on the drums and song writing by Norman Gimbel. The coolest Bossa album of all time, obsessed by all the stars from Frank Sinatra, Quincy Jones to George Michael etc etc. This sold millions, you will see why when you buy it. This is Bossa Nova at it's best & it is timeless. God bless all those who made this album.

Beautiful and Laid Back

What a wonderful piece of Jazz, Latin and Bossa Nova. It has some of the best perfomances from Astrud Gilberto and Stan Getz. The music is still hauntingly fresh 40 years on, whilst capturing the mood of the 60's. Highly recommended.


This is a piece of pure sweet classical jazz. Nothing can top this.


Born: 10 June 1931 in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Genre: Bossa Nova

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

When talking about bossa nova, perhaps the signature pop music sound of Brazil, frequently the first name to come to one's lips is that of Antonio Carlos Jobim. With songs like "The Girl From Ipanema" and "Desafindo," Jobim pretty much set the standard for the creation of the bossa nova in the mid-'50s. However, as is often the case, others come along and take the genre in a new direction, reinventing through radical reinterpretation, be it lyrically, rhythmically, or in live performance, making...
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