Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Today in Music (1963): Recording of Getz/Gilberto completed


Stan Getz & João Gilberto

Recorded: March 18-19, 1963

Released: March 1964

Charted: June 6, 1964

Peak: 2 US, -- UK

Sales (in millions): 0.5 US

Genre: jazz


Song Title (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to charts.

  1. The Girl from Ipanema [with Astrud Gilberto] (6/6/64, 5 US, 29 UK, #1 AC, airplay: 4 million)
  2. Doralice
  3. Para Machuchar Meu Coração (To Hurt My Heart)
  4. Desafinado (9/29/62, 15 US, 4 AC. Airplay: 1 million) *
  5. Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars) [with Astrud Gilberto]
  6. So Danço Samba (I Only Dance Samba)
  7. O Grande Amor
  8. Vivo Sonhando (Dreamer)

* Chart information is for original version; featured on this album in a new version.

Total Running Time: 33:38

The Players:

  • Stan Getz (tenor saxophone)
  • João Gilberto (guitar, vocals)
  • Antônio Carlos Jobim (piano)
  • Sebastião Neto (double bass)
  • Milton Banana (drums, pandeiro)
  • Astrud Gilberto (vocals on “The Girl from Ipanema” and “Corcovado”)


4.687 out of 5.00 (average of 11 ratings)


“Bossa nova’s finest moment” – Steve Huey, All Music Guide


(Click on award to learn more).

About the Album:

“One of the biggest-selling jazz albums of all time, not to mention bossa nova’s finest moment, Getz/Gilbertotrumped 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.” AMG

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.” AMG

“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.” AMG

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.” AMG


In 1997, a reissue added the single versions of “The Girl from Ipanema” and “Corcovado.”

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First posted 4/6/2008; last updated 3/15/2024.

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