Stan Getz is at least partially responsible for the Bossa Nova craze that hit the U.S. in the early-to-mid-Sixties. For 1963’s Getz/ Gilberto the tenor saxophonist teamed with two of Brazil’s leading practitioners, the singer/songwriter/guitarist Joao Gilberto and the composer/arranger Antonio Carlos Jobim. Interestingly, both cite Getz’s mellow, intimate, melodic playing style as an influence on their work. And though there seems to be some dispute about how Gilberto’s wife, Astrud, sat in on these sessions, what’s indisputable is that their recording of Jobim’s “The Girl From Ipanema” remains one of the most popular— and, despite overexposure—charming songs of the past half-century. Astrud Gilberto’s presence on that track as well as “Corcovado” makes it easy to overlook her husband’s and Jobim’s contributions, but the breezy warmth of Getz/Gilberto shows just how perfect a collaboration this was. Though I haven’t heard what I would venture is a superb 45rpm edition from Analogue Productions, the SACD is excellent. It retains the warmth, intimacy, air, and texture of my original Verve pressing, while opening up the soundstage, and revealing subtle details in Gilberto’s guitar work, Getz’ tenor, the vocals, as well as improving on the dynamic ebb and flow of this fine reissue.