Stan Getz
Getz/Gilberto


5.0
classic

Review

by Toronto USER (2 Reviews)
July 1st, 2015 | 35 replies


Release Date: 1964 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Cla/Ssic

In music, changing one’s sound in order to attract a larger audience is often times assumed to be a change for the worst, with artistic quality and caliber inherently compromised as a result. The 1964 release of Jazz-Bossa nova album Getz/Gilberto launched both of the album collaborators to unimaginable levels of international stardom. Far beyond what they had ever achieved, or would ever again achieve in their respective careers. The album opener,Girl from Ipanema, even went as far as peaking at number one on the Easy Listening chart in the U.S and attained ubiquity as a worldwide sensation. But an important question still stands. Did João Gilberto and Stan Getz compromise the stunning skill and quality that made albums such as Chega de Saudade (No More Blues) and For Musicians Only such masterworks (albeit, much less accessible masterworks)? Answering anything but “Absolutely Not” would be an absurd statement and an unforgivable belittlement to the masterpiece that is Getz/Gilberto.

The album clocks in at a mere and modest 34 minutes, but refuses to beat around the bush from the get-go. The opening number, Girl from Ipanema, is arguably the most beautiful tune on the record. João starts the song with warm and gentle guitar strumming coalesced with tender humming before breaking out into the hushed thunderbolt that is the first verse.

Olha, que coisa mais linda,
Mais cheia de graça,
É ela, menina, que vem e que passa,
Num doce balanço, a caminho do mar........

(English Translation Below)
Look, such a sight, so beautiful,
So filled with grace,
It’s her, this girl who comes and who passes,
With a sweet swing, on her way to the sea.


Gilberto sings this verse with his usually delicate and sweet mannerisms; sonic inflection so aesthetically and beautifully surreal that it truly leaves one breathless. Miles Davis even remarked once that “ [João Gilberto] could read a newspaper and sound good.” So quiet yet so powerful, powerful enough to attract the attention of otherwise probably distracted and inattentive radio-listeners abroad. The lyrics are the perfect fit as well, beautiful in all their simplicity, even after much of it being lost in translation.

And Stan? Ah, the equally important co-contributing Saxophonist makes himself known a little later than Gilberto; much like a good conversationalist, Getz speaks (or more accurately in this case, plays) only when needed, averting all possibilities of impurities or filler. But when he does eventually play, he plays! His solo two minutes into the third track, Para Machuchar Meu Coração (To Hurt My Heart), is particularly otherworldly. Getz’s note choice isn’t particularly inventive or new, but he plays with a technical and ardently passionate prowess that is truly unmatched, with his usually prolonged yet zestful notes glimmering brightly in the warm and fuzzy soundscapes set by Gilberto.

In terms of musical diversity, the album offers little. Be that as it may, it is far from a compromising trait, in fact, it works in the albums advantage. Much like how collapsing waves on the ocean only intensify the euphoric meditative sensation that they give with each successive crash, despite their bare simplicity. The record works in the same sense, with each song progressing beautifully into the next, only to augment all of the sensations given by the album.


So whether you are an impassioned music fan or just a casual radio listener, Getz/Gilberto will leave you dumbfounded. And much like Astrud Gilberto, you too, will be left saying



Aaaaaah…….


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Torontonian
July 1st 2015


2366 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

God i love this album. This is my first real review on here and writing has never been my strength so (harsh) feedback is greatly appreciated. Album needed a review.

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Ryus
July 1st 2015


8814 Comments


hey sweet
this needed a review

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Torontonian
July 1st 2015


2366 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ya. amazing album. I really tried my best to do it justice.

Friday13th
July 1st 2015


3848 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review, man. Wow, I can't believe this cornerstone of jazz/bossa nova wasn't reviewed already.

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Torontonian
July 1st 2015


2366 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks friday. and ya, i couldnt believe it either! Felt it was a good place to start reviewing since there's so much to talk about.

mindleviticus
July 1st 2015


8521 Comments


Really good album for a car ride in the sun or a fancy dinner.

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
July 1st 2015


1888 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Really great album, and a great review too.

Pos, going to go listen to Focus right now.

TWIGtheWONDERKID
July 1st 2015


1227 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

nice review--can't believe this didn't have one.

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PappyMason
July 1st 2015


2795 Comments


Great write up man, quality album. Stan is the man!

Just needs a quick tidy up. It looks like you need to put a gap in between the start of brackets and their preceding words. The semi-colon in the second paragraph reads like it should be a full-stop.

Also, in the first paragraph, 'Far beyond what they had ever achieve' should be achieved.

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PappyMason
July 1st 2015


2795 Comments


Actually, I'm thinking of jamming this tonight. Been a while...

AndreBourbeau
July 1st 2015


25 Comments


excellent album, good write up. can't believe this hadn't been reviewed already, wow. pos'd.

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Torontonian
July 1st 2015


2366 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@twig thanks!

@pappy Thanks! Thanks for the advice btw, got it all edited. and nice, this is THE summer album.

@andre thanks.



ya crazy how it didn't have a review

Valkyrion
July 1st 2015


274 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

everyone should listen to this at least once in their lives

Torontonian
July 1st 2015


2366 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

agreed hard

PappyMason
July 1st 2015


2795 Comments


No worries man, nice to see this on the front page!

beefshoes
July 1st 2015


5440 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Absolutely incredible album, and this album (along with many others) was a major inspiration behind me learning Portuguese. Brazilian music was phenomenal in the 60s and 70s.

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Torontonian
July 1st 2015


2366 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

agreed beef. Portuguese is the master Romance language in terms of sonic beauty. Check Joao's s/t and Chega de Saudade if you haven't already!

beefshoes
July 1st 2015


5440 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Will do!

Jethro42
July 1st 2015


13016 Comments


@beefshoes, I didn't know you were learning a foreign language other than French. Is it for school or for your pleasure?

@Torontonian, when I saw your review on the front page, I expected to see a jazz review since you dig Coltrane, Hancock and co. I'm very familiar with the opener song. I enjoyed to listen to the album. Good review, pos'd.

Torontonian
July 1st 2015


2366 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks jethro! glad you liked the album, and yes the opener is a classic.



ive been listening to joao gilberto's music a lot lately and this album didn't have a review so i though why not!



Will probably be reviewing more since i had fun doing this one!



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