Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Stan Getz, Joao Gilberto
"Getz/Gilberto" (CD)

As best I can tell, this is where "the Girl from Ipanema" came from.  One of the most influential jazz tunes ever written was brought to the world's attention because of Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto.

Reading the liner notes with this (beautiful) re-issue I can't believe that this stuff was written in 1996.  Amongst author Doug Ramsey's more notable quotes: "Gone was the era when good music and popular music were often the same.  It was not, for instance, 1938...or even 1946."
Mr. Ramsey's distaste for Elvis Presley certainly puts him in a small group of people who would argue the merit of that new invention the kids call rock n' roll.

Anyway, this ablum is a perfect example of "cool school" jazz.  Gilberto's recording of Jobim's (now) standard "Ipanema" is captured in its "textbook" form with the husband and wife pair of Joao and Astrud Gilberto.  Astrud was not a singer, but Getz wanted her to sing the English translation of the lyrics over the objections of Jobim and Joao.

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