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1 The Girl From Ipanema 5:22 60,333
2 Doralice 2:46 33,873
3 P'ra Machucar Meu Coracao 5:05 577
4 Desafinado 4:15 52,850
5 Corcovado 4:19 13,985
6 So Danco Samba 3:45 11,727
7 O Grande Amor 5:30 31,763
8 Vivo Sonhando 3:04 13,142

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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.

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  • Infernatic

    Absolutely beautiful album, nothing quite matches.

    6 Jan 8:18pm Reply
  • xifiy

    Godly album. Timeless. [2]

    31 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Tron1276

    a MASTERPIECE / sexy af

    24 Jul 2014 Reply
  • froztfreez

    I have my dad's 40+ year old vinyl copy of this album and it's not in particularly great condition, but it still sounds phenomenal. Definitely worth picking up on vinyl if you can find it.

    15 Nov 2013 Reply
  • LastBanshi

    Godly album. Timeless.

    18 May 2012 Reply
  • javiikiller

    Yep, one of the greatest albums of all time.

    1 Oct 2011 Reply
  • okcesar

    Absolutamente seductor y sofisticado. Esa calma coqueta que tanto deleita...

    3 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Srpaco

    I really wish I knew Portuguese at this moment.

    10 Jun 2010 Reply
  • ConnyG

    Bought this on vinyl today. $3.

    10 Apr 2010 Reply
  • davidoa

    one of (if not _the_) best albums of all time.

    2 Jan 2010 Reply
  • PhamilyJules

    *sigh* I love this. I like Side 1 more than Side 2...but it's slowly growing on me.

    19 Oct 2009 Reply
  • LeftCoastRyda

    One of the greatest albums of all time.

    29 Jul 2009 Reply
  • licoricepizza

    I feel like mixing some cocktails. :)

    10 Apr 2009 Reply
  • iwc2ufan99

    I really dig this record. Astrud had a pretty weak voice and Elis Regina would blow her out of the water years later on Corcovado, but other than that, a fantastic record. Getz and Gilberto were both stellar musicians and of course, there are few better than Jobim. <3

    26 Mar 2009 Reply
  • AtticusD

    What a flawless album.

    25 Jan 2009 Reply

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