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. The album was also a commercial success, 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.
“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.” – Steve Huey/AllMusic.
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
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
Stan Getz – tenor saxophone
João Gilberto – guitar, vocals
Antônio Carlos Jobim – piano
Sebastião Neto – double bass
Milton Banana – drums, pandeiro
Astrud Gilberto – vocals
Released: March 1964
Recorded: March 18–19, 1963
Studio: A&R Recording Studios, New York City
Language: English, Portuguese
Producer: Creed Taylor