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This album is Mastered for iTunes. Bossa nova, a sophisticated blending of jazz and samba that emerged in Brazil in the 1950s and ’60s, turned the heads of a number of American jazz musicians at the time, and soon it became common for jazzmen to incorporate the sensuous, harmonically rich South American style into their work. Getz/Gilberto is one of the essential recordings of this meeting of two great musical cultures. Tenor saxophonist Stan Getz, who had a long and varied career, is still probably best known for the exquisitely melodic playing of his bossa period. Two legendary Brazilian musicians, guitarist/singer João Gilberto and composer/pianist Antônio Carlos Jobim, join the expressive saxophonist for this landmark session. (Bassist Tommy Williams, who played in Getz’s band, and Milton Banana, father of bossa nova drumming, round out the group.) “The Girl from Ipanema”, which features English-language vocals by Gilberto’s wife, Astrud, truly deserves its classic status, but the whole album is excellent. The perky “Doralice” features an inventive solo by Getz and some nice wordless singing by João. On “Para machucar meu coração”, João sings in a heartbreaking, tender fashion while Getz weaves another wonder of concise expression. And did we mention the amazing “Desafinado” and “Corcovado?”

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...
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