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Album Review

Compiling all the major hits that legendary jazz alto saxophonist Stan Getz had with Brazilian songwriter and vocalist Antonio Carlos Jobim, Stan Getz/Antonio Carlos Jobim: Their Greatest Hits is a nice single-disc collection. While there are deeper double-disc anthologies available, Their Greatest Hits is a perfect summation of what made the '60s bossa nova sound so popular. Included are such iconic tracks as "The Girl from Ipanema," "Aguas de Marco (Waters of March)" and "Desafinado."

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THE place to start.

This compilation is an excellent starting point for somebody wanting to see what the bossa nova craze was all about, or if you lived it and just don't have those recordings anymore. Getz and Jobim were pivotal with their mid '60s recordings, which is what you primarily find here. It wouldn't be complete without a few spots with Astrud and Joao Gilberto and Charlie Byrd. My all time favorite is (7) Corcovado, everyone should own that track.


Born: January 25, 1927 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Genre: Brazilian

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

It has been said that Antonio Carlos Brasileiro de Almeida Jobim was the George Gershwin of Brazil, and there is a solid ring of truth in that, for both contributed large bodies of songs to the jazz repertoire, both expanded their reach into the concert hall, and both tend to symbolize their countries in the eyes of the rest of the world. With their gracefully urbane, sensuously aching melodies and harmonies, Jobim's songs gave jazz musicians in the 1960s a quiet, strikingly original alternative...
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