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Editors’ Notes

It was a recipe for greatness: American tenor saxophonist Stan Getz jamming with the architects of bossa nova—Brazilian guitarist/singer João Gilberto and pianist/composer Antônio Carlos Jobim—for this landmark 1964 session. Sensuous and spellbinding from start to finish, the GRAMMY®-winning recording served as bossa nova’s passport to the world. Gems like “The Girl from Ipanema” and “Corcovado” were sung with breezy, bilingual elegance by Astrud Gilberto in her star-making debut.

Customer Reviews


Stan Getz brought samba and latin sounds to the wider public audience and he did it without resorting to "pop". This album sufficiently answers the age old question "what is art?".

Utterly Essential

I have been listening to this album for 40 years and never get tired of it. It's one of the most beautiful and most profoundly poetic albums I know of. And it's also very sexy music. Like all truly great art - this album is timeless.

Miles Davis Gave this Album Five Stars in 1964

Here is what Miles Davis said about this album during an interview with Down Beat magazine in 1964 where he listened to various albums without knowing the musicians:

"Gilberto and Stan Getz made an album together? Stan plays good on that. I like Gilberto; I’m not particularly crazy about just anybody’s bossa nova. I like the samba. And I like Stan, because he has so much patience, the way he plays those melodies – other people can’t get nothing out of a song, but he can. Which takes a lot of imagination, that he has, that so many other people don’t have.

As for Gilberto, he could read a newspaper and sound good! I’ll give that one five stars."

I agree, you won't regret purchasing this album.


Born: February 2, 1927 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

One of the all-time great tenor saxophonists, Stan Getz was known as "The Sound" because he had one of the most beautiful tones ever heard. Getz, whose main early influence was Lester Young, grew to be a major influence himself and to his credit he never stopped evolving. Getz had the opportunity to play in a variety of major swing big bands while a teenager due to the World War II draft. He was with Jack Teagarden (1943) when he was just 16, followed by stints with Stan Kenton (1944-1945), Jimmy...
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