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Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto

One of the all-time great tenor saxophonists, Stan Getz was known as "The Sound" because he had one of the most beautiful tones ever heard. Getz, whose main early influence was Lester Young, grew to be a major influence himself, and to his credit he never stopped evolving.

Getz had the opportunity to play in a variety of major swing big bands while a teenager due to the World War II draft. He was with Jack Teagarden (1943) when he was just 16, followed by stints with Stan Kenton (1944-1945), Jimmy Dorsey (1945), and Benny Goodman (1945-1946); he soloed on a few records with Goodman. Getz, who had his recording debut as a leader in July 1946 with four titles, became famous during his period with Woody Herman's Second Herd (1947-1949), soloing (along with Zoot Sims, Herbie Steward, and Serge Chaloff) on the original version of "Four Brothers" and having his sound well-featured on the ballad "Early Autumn." After leaving Herman, Getz was (with the exception of some tours with Jazz at the Philharmonic) a leader for the rest of his life.

During the early '50s, Getz broke away from the Lester Young style to form his own musical identity, and he was soon among the most popular of all jazzmen. He discovered Horace Silver in 1950 and used him in his quartet for several months. After touring Sweden in 1951, he formed an exciting quintet that co-featured guitarist Jimmy Raney; their interplay on uptempo tunes and tonal blend on ballads were quite memorable. Getz's playing helped Johnny Smith have a hit in "Moonlight in Vermont"; during 1953-1954, Bob Brookmeyer made his group a quintet and, despite some drug problems during the decade, Getz was a constant poll winner. After spending 1958-1960 in Europe, the tenor man returned to the U.S. and recorded his personal favorite album, Focus, with arranger Eddie Sauter's Orchestra. Then, in February 1962, Getz helped usher in the bossa nova era by recording Jazz Samba with Charlie Byrd; their rendition of "Desafinado" was a big hit. During the next year, Getz made bossa nova-flavored albums with Gary McFarland's big band, Luiz Bonfá, and Laurindo Almeida, but it was Getz/Gilberto (a collaboration with Antonio Carlos Jobim and João Gilberto) that was his biggest seller, thanks in large part to "The Girl from Ipanema" (featuring the vocals of Astrud and João Gilberto).

Getz could have spent the next decade sticking to bossa nova, but instead he de-emphasized the music and chose to play more challenging jazz. His regular group during this era was a piano-less quartet with vibraphonist Gary Burton, he recorded with Bill Evans (1964), played throughout the 1965 Eddie Sauter soundtrack for Mickey One, and made the classic album Sweet Rain (1967) with Chick Corea. Although not all of Getz's recordings from the 1966-1980 period are essential, he proved that he was not afraid to take chances. Dynasty with organist Eddie Louiss (1971), Captain Marvel with Chick Corea (1972), and The Peacocks with Jimmy Rowles (1975) are high points. After utilizing pianist Joanne Brackeen in his 1977 quartet, Getz explored some aspects of fusion with his next unit, which featured keyboardist Andy Laverne. Getz even used an Echoplex on a couple of songs but, despite some misfires, most of his dates with this unit are worthwhile. However, purists were relieved when he signed with Concord in 1981 and started using a purely acoustic backup trio on most dates.

In 1987, Getz had a large tumor removed from behind his heart. Subsequent tests revealed that he had liver cancer and cirrhosis, most likely due to years of substance abuse. Undeterred, Getz embarked on a strict, herbal-based diet hoping to treat the lymphoma. By fall 1988, MRI scans revealed that the tumor had dramatically shrunken in size. Buoyed by the good news, Getz remained active, touring with pianist Kenny Barron and recording the albums Apasionado (1990) with Herb Alpert and You Gotta Pay the Band (1990) with vocalist Abbey Lincoln. Sadly, Getz's cancer never fully abated and he died on June 6, 1991 at age 64. His final recording, 1991's People Time, is (despite some shortness in the saxophonist's breath) a brilliant duet set with Barron. ~ Scott Yanow
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dragonlady60 8 8
I love this Brazilian music
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I was about 9 years old when I first heard Astrud singing on the radio and on some adult's hi fi systems. I think she triggered my puberty early. Stan Getz also had an unforgettabl e sound.
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I first herd his music while in japan with the air force and haved loved it ever scence
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Love this Music...
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Love Joao Gilberto and Stan Getz.
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Siempre, la mejor!
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Love his music!
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I saw Stan Getz at the Jazz Workshop in Boston in 1972-sold out shows! I went to collage in NH with his son Dave Getz. Our girlfriends were room mates. We sat right in front of the stage and Stan would sit with us during his breaks! One of my all time favorites sitting right next to me-I was in Heaven!!! I'd love to get in touch with Dave. from Brook Leiphart Sun Valley, Idaho
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I grew up listening to this music and it is still amazing to hear it like it was my first time. Glad to say my kids who are in their twenties love hearing it too.
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Wow!! This is just too Good!!!
Some really "Fine" trumpet playing happening here!! Love It. ✨✨
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Getz, and Gilberto! SOOOOOOOOOOO AWESOME ❤️❤️❤️❤️
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kbergstrom00 7
Love the music. Stan Getz is awesome.
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I can.t Stop not to listening to Bosa nova .THAS the LAW .
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Indeed, they ARE FABULOUS!

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Pure perfection! I've got goosebumps!!
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These two incredible musicians ARE Fabulous!
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Love this music! I love the rhythm of the Bossa Nova. I really appreciate the expertise of Getz/ Gilberto as their delivery is remarkably smooth, and pure.
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Very simple, very good...!
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bernadette13
...have been listening to Bossa Nova since I was a teenager (many decades ago) and am still inspired by it.
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Romance ............ . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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I am inspired to read these comments about Stan Getz. It is true that is something so haunting and piercing about his unique sound. He seems so perfectly attuned to the rhythm, the feel and the emotion of Bossa Nova, as if he were born to play this music. I was given the gift of this exquisite music when I was 20, far too young to appreciate it at the time, but I stuck with it until it reached into my heart, grabbed me, and never let go. I grew up on rock and roll, so this was a big stretch...
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Although Getz made many albums with various Bossa Nova Artists, it was Frank Sinatra who truly introduced Jobim and Bossa Nova to the world stage with his albums and more importantly the 1967 broadcast with Jobim on Sinatra's Man and his Music yearly television special. For me, Joao Gilberto is the finest interpreter of Bossa Nova. He is an consummate singer, guitar player, composer. A complete artist.

Michael Missiras
Cornet/Compo s e r
NYC/ arctic1974@g m a i l . c o m
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I play trumpet, from 77 to present. It was desifinado that changed my life. Along with the girl from Ipanema, by Gilberto Astroud along with Stan Getz whom I tried to play like Stan Getz is the key to my sound. I tried to put my soul, my very being to sound like Stan Getz while playing my trumpet that's my sound. No one that I know of using this technique this way this emulation. It is the only form of flattery and honor that I can give to mr. Gatz and mr. Gilberto. Now it is no longer a secret.
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Amen! I am in Heaven
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melissa.kell e m
This music makes me feel sexy
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herb.blacker
This is the music they play in heaven.
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Transports me to Brazil. Great in any version. This is my favorite station.
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I'm so r-e-l-a-x-e- d ....
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Pure Magic. Greatest album ever. Best track. Definition of human at it's highest expression.
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One of the greatest albums of all time.
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bugafyd
A landmark musical creation. Get the MFSL version. Superb.
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producciones d e l p a t i o
richly fabulous...
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phamersky
love this!!
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thanks a lot
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UNQUESTIONAB L Y THE BEST OF THE BEST
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#1song from Brasil. bonito
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Love this song
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Beautiful.
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nitacovingto n
Great sound relaxing
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Ohlay!
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Love this
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I still get a hard on when I hear Astrud Gilberto's voice.
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Greatman
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arbranden
Dito to all below. Love, Love, Love this music. !!!
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Hermosa musica tan sensual
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frankietiles
Ousome
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Phil Ramone :)
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CORCOVADO is the ULTIMATE in cool !!!! What a lovely song !!!!
Every version of this CLASSIC is just AWESOME:-) x
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Pois e. A Bossa Nova e legal. Really, the music is so sensual and just melts your heart. Having lived there, that is Brasil! And Astrud Gilberto just melts your heart. So simple, innocent, yet sexy.
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sempre grandi ! !
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