João Gilberto and Stan Getz: Getz/Gilberto ’76

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João Gilberto and Stan Getz: Getz/Gilberto ’76

João Gilberto and Stan Getz

Getz/Gilberto '76

Label: Resonance
Media: LP
Genre: Jazz

Getz/Gilberto (1964) was a monster hit that helped make bossa nova an international craze. It featured, along with João Gilberto and Stan Getz, a Brazilian band that included pianist Antonio Carlos Jobim, and several Jobim songs, two of which were sung by Gilberto’s wife, Astrud (including the mega-hit, “Girl From Ipanema”). A live follow-up appeared two years later as Getz/Gilberto #2, featuring mostly American musicians. But this live music from the following decade has a very different feel, drawing on material recorded at San Francisco’s Keystone Corner when the reclusive guitarist appeared with a short-lived Getz quartet that also featured pianist Joanne Brackeen, bassist Clint Houston, and drummer Billy Hart. The focus here is Gilberto, whose nuanced vocals and excellent, understated guitar work are heard to wonderful effect (there are even a couple of lovely guitar instrumentals). Getz solos on a handful of tunes, while his accompanists remain very much in the background (the band is heard to full effect on the companion release Moments in Time). This release gets the full treatment from Resonance, with great sound, excellent liners, and beautiful photos and cover art, and it deserves it. 

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  • primary artist, João Gilberto
  • primary artist, Stan Getz

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