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Getz/Gilberto is an album by American saxophonist Stan Getz and Brazilian guitarist João Gilberto, featuring pianist and composer Antônio Carlos Jobim (Tom Jobim), who also composed many of the tracks. It was released in March 1964 by Verve Records. The album features the vocals of Astrud Gilberto on two tracks, “Garota de Ipanema” (“The Girl from Ipanema”) and “Corcovado”. The artwork was done by artist Olga Albizu. Getz/Gilberto is a jazz and bossa nova album and includes tracks such as “Desafinado”, “Corcovado”, and “Garota de Ipanema”. The last received a Grammy Award for Record of the Year and started Astrud Gilberto’s career. “Doralice” and “Para Machucar Meu Coração” strengthened Gilberto’s and Jobim’s respect for the tradition of pre-bossa nova samba.

Getz/Gilberto is considered the record that popularized bossa nova worldwide and was one of the best-selling jazz albums of all time, selling more than 2 million copies in 1964. It was included in Rolling Stone’s and Vibe’s lists of best albums of all time. Getz/Gilberto was widely acclaimed by music critics, who praised Gilberto’s vocals and the album’s bossa nova groove and minimalism. Getz/Gilberto received Grammy Awards for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group and Best Engineered Recording – Non-Classical; it also became the first non-American album to win one for Album of the Year, in 1965.

Track Listing:

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. “The Girl from Ipanema” Antônio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, Norman Gimbel 5:21
2. “Doralice” Antônio Almeida, Dorival Caymmi 2:47
3. “Para Machucar Meu Coração” Ary Barroso 5:07
4. “Desafinado” Antônio Carlos Jobim, Newton Mendonça 4:09

Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. “Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars)” Antônio Carlos Jobim, Gene Lees 4:17
2. “Só Danço Samba” Antônio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes 3:42
3. “O Grande Amor” Antônio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes 5:27
4. “Vivo Sonhando” Antônio Carlos Jobim 2:56
Total length: 33:46

Review: 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.

Schill Score: 9.5/10

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Jazz Samba is a bossa nova album by Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd released by Verve Records in 1962. Jazz Samba signaled the beginning of the bossa nova craze in America. Stan Getz was the featured soloist and the tracks were arranged by Charlie Byrd, who had first heard bossa nova during a tour of Brazil in 1961.

Getz and Byrd were accompanied by two bassists: Keter Betts and Joe Byrd, Charlie Byrd’s brother who also played guitar. They were joined by two drummers: Buddy Deppenschmidt and Bill Reichenbach. The album was recorded at All Souls Unitarian Church in Washington, D.C. on February 13, 1962 and released in April of that year.

Two songs, “Desafinado” (Off Key or Out of Tune) and “Samba de Uma Nota Só” (One Note Samba) were composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim and were released as singles in the U.S. and Europe. Charlie Byrd wrote one song, “Samba Dees Days”, while the rest were by Brazilian composers.

Stan Getz won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Performance of 1963 for “Desafinado”.

Track Listing:

Side one
“Desafinado” (Antônio Carlos Jobim, Newton Mendonça) — 5:51
“Samba Dees Days” (Charlie Byrd) — 3:34
“O Pato” (Jayme Silva, Neuza Teixeira) — 2:31
“Samba Triste” (Baden Powell, Billy Blanco) — 4:47

Side two
“Samba de Uma Nota Só” (Antônio Carlos Jobim, Newton Mendonça) — 6:11
“É Luxo Só” (Ary Barroso) — 3:40
“Bahia” (aka ‘Baia’) (Ary Barroso) — 6:38

Review: Partly because of its Brazilian collaborators and partly because of “The Girl From Ipanema,” Getz/Gilberto is nearly always acknowledged as the Stan Getz bossa nova LP. But Jazz Samba is just as crucial and groundbreaking; after all, it came first, and in fact was the first full-fledged bossa nova album ever recorded by American jazz musicians. And it was just as commercially successful, topping the LP charts and producing its own pop chart hit single in “Desafinado.” It was the true beginning of the bossa nova craze, and introduced several standards of the genre (including Ary Barroso’s “Bahia” and Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “Desafinado” and “Samba de Uma Nota Só” [aka “One Note Samba”]). But above all, Jazz Samba stands on its own artistic merit as a shimmering, graceful collection that’s as subtly advanced — in harmony and rhythm — as it is beautiful. Getz and his co-billed partner, guitarist Charlie Byrd — who was actually responsible for bringing bossa nova records to the U.S. and introducing Getz to the style — have the perfect touch for bossa nova’s delicate, airy texture. For his part, Byrd was one of the first American musicians to master bossa nova’s difficult, bubbling syncopations, and his solos are light and lilting. Meanwhile, Getz’s playing is superb, simultaneously offering a warm, full tone and a cool control of dynamics; plus, Byrd’s gently off-kilter harmonies seem to stimulate Getz’s melodic inventiveness even more than usual. But beyond technique, Getz intuitively understands the romanticism and the undercurrent of melancholy inherent in the music, and that’s what really made Jazz Samba such a revelatory classic. Absolutely essential for any jazz collection. — online blackjack echtgeld download

Schill Score: 9.75/10

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