Tuesday, August 30, 2011

GETZ/GILBERTO - Stan Getz & João Gilberto featuring Antonio Carlos Jobim

YEAR: 1964

LABEL: Verve

TRACK LISTING: The Girl From Ipanema, Doralice, Para Machuchar Meu Coração, Desafinado (Off Key), Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars), So Danço Samba, O Grande Amor, Vivo Sonhando (Dreamer)

BONUS TRACKS: The Girl From Ipanema (45 rpm issue), Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars) (45 rpm issue)

IMPRESSIONS: This is the A-bomb that exploded the craze for bossa nova first in the U.S. and then all around the world. The performances of Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto are flawless and the songwriting of Antonio Carlos Jobim (both he and Gilberto being preeminent creators of the style) is vital but I find the most electrifying aspect to be the inclusion of Astrud Gilberto's vocals (on all too few songs but the ones that mattered obviously). Astrud was a housewife with no previous recording or performing experience and was included on the album against her husband's and Jobim's objections but Stan Getz and his wife Monica fought for her inclusion (despite her rather charming tendency to sing flat). How right they were! Astrud quickly became an immediate sensation and a global star.

MY FAVOURITE TRACKS: The Girl From Ipanema, Para Machuchar Meu Coração, Desafinado (Off Key), Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars), So Danço Samba, Vivo Sonhando (Dreamer)

FACT SHEET: GETZ/GILBERTO is the first jazz bossa nova album released by American jazz saxophonist Stan Getz teamed with Brazilian guitarist Joao Gilberto featuring songwriter/pianist Antonio Carlos Jobim and vocalist Astrud Gilberto. The album won 3 1965 Grammy Awards including one for Album of the Year; the first jazz album to ever win Album of the Year. The personnel for the recording are Stan Getz (tenor saxophone), Joao Gilberto (guitar, vocals), Antonio Carlos Jobim (piano), Astrud Gilberto (vocals), and Milton Banana (drums). There seems to be some confusion over who plays bass with Tommy Williams credited on the cd reissue but Sebastiao Neto getting credit elsewhere. The album was produced by orchestra leader Creed Taylor (famous for his "Shock" and "Panic" lounge albums). The cover painting is by Olga Albizu.

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