Getz/Gilberto [50th Anniversary]

Getz/Gilberto [50th Anniversary]

by João GilbertoJoão Gilberto


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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. [A 2014 50th Anniversary disc included the album in both mono and stereo tracks, and added two bonus tracks, single versions of "The Girl from Ipanema" and "Corcovado."]

Product Details

Release Date: 05/27/2014
Label: Verve
UPC: 0602537827718
catalogNumber: 002074902
Rank: 4822

Album Credits

Performance Credits

João Gilberto   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Stan Getz   Tenor Saxophone
Astrud Gilberto   Vocals
Milton Banana   Drums
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Piano
Sebastião Neto   Bass

Technical Credits

Dorival Caymmi   Composer
Vinícius de Moraes   Composer
Gene Lees   Composer,Liner Notes
Norman Gimbel   Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Phil Ramone   Engineer
Creed Taylor   Producer
Val Valentin   Director Of Engineering
Vartan   Art Direction
Ary Barroso   Composer
Donna Ranieri   Photo Coordination
Olga Albizu   Cover Painting
Newton Mendonça   Composer
Antonio Almeida   Composer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Marc Myers   Liner Notes
Andy Kalyvas   Producer

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