0041. Stan Getz & João Gilberto – Getz-Gilberto [1964]


A jazz samba album…  Well, it’s probably awesome for a wine & cheese party with a bunch of mid-lifers who think they know shit about fuck.  I don’t know.  I didn’t hate it, but I generally prefer something more aurally challenging than this.  This wouldn’t be something I’d listen to on my own outside this project.  I mean, for fuck’s sake, there are three versions of Girl From Ipanema on this album.  Does any album need that?  Does any album need even one?  Couldn’t we just ride an elevator up and down for a while and eventually hear it?

Again, didn’t hate it, but didn’t love it either.  Maybe you will.  Give it a whirl.

Wikipedia Says:

Getz/Gilberto is a 1964 jazzbossa nova album by American saxophonist Stan Getz and Brazilian guitarist João Gilberto, featuring composer and pianist Antonio Carlos Jobim. Its release helped fuel the bossa nova craze in the United States and internationally. It brought together Stan Getz, who had already performed the genre on his LP Jazz Samba, João Gilberto (one of the creators of the style), and Jobim, a celebrated Brazilian composer (and also one of the main creators of the genre), who wrote most of the songs in the album. It became one of the best-selling jazz albums of all time, and turned Astrud Gilberto, who sang on the tracks “The Girl from Ipanema” and “Corcovado“, into an internationally celebrated musician. The painting on the cover is by Olga Albizu.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[2]

It won the 1965 Grammy Awards for Best Album of the Year, Best Jazz Instrumental Album – Individual or Groupand Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical. “The Girl from Ipanema” also won the award for Record of the Year in 1965. This was the first time a jazz album received Album of the Year. It was the last jazz album to win the award until Herbie Hancock‘sRiver: The Joni Letters 43 years later, in 2008.

JazzTimes (11/94, pp. 88–89) – “…essential for all serious jazz collections…served as proof that it is possible for music to be both artistically and commercially successful…this relatively sparse setting with the great Getz perfectly fit the music, resulting in a true gem…” Vibe (12/99, p. 158) – Included in Vibe’s 100 Essential Albums of the 20th Century. In 2012, Rolling Stone ranked the album number 447 on its list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.[3] It was listed by Rolling Stone Brazil as one of the 100 best Brazilian albums in history.[4] The album was inducted into the Latin Grammy Hall of Fame in 2001.[5]

Track listing

# Title Songwriters Length
1. The Girl from Ipanema Antônio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, Norman Gimbel 5:24
2. “Doralice” Dorival Caymmi, Antonio Almeida 2:46
3. “P’ra Machucar Meu Coração” Ary Barroso 5:05
4. Desafinado Jobim, Newton Mendonça 4:15
5. Corcovado Jobim, Gene Lees 4:16
6. “Só Danço Samba” Jobim, de Moraes 3:45
7. “O Grande Amor” Jobim, de Moraes 5:27
8. “Vivo Sonhando” Jobim 3:04
9. “The Girl from Ipanema” [45 rpm issue] Jobim, de Moraes, Gimbel 2:54
10. “Corcovado” [45 rpm issue] Jobim, Lees 2:20

Tracks 9-10 not part of original LP. They are the single versions, released as bonus tracks on the CD reissue.


Reissues incorrectly list Tommy Williams as bassist,[6][7] and Dori Caymmias composer of “Doralice”.[8]

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