Getz/Gilberto album cover

Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto, Getz/Gilberto

Verve, 1964, jazz

B, 1966: Such a great record. I have this on vinyl and love to put this one on in the summer as K and I play cards on the patio in the dappled afternoon sunlight, a good dry white wine on ice nearby. “The Girl From Ipanema” is such a perfect song, sexy and confident and sublime (which unfortunately gets played at low volume in elevators or home furnishings stores far too often), but I am going to pick “Corcovado (Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars)”. An equally romantic, casually elegant song on an album full of them.

C, 2002: So good. Love it. Great album. “Desafinado” wins for me but only cause “Girl from Ipanema” is the obvious choice from this album. Could listen to this every lazy Sunday afternoon.

H, 1951: One of the best-selling jazz albums of all time, partially because of the hit single “The Girl from Ipanema.” Also a bossa nova album. But despite all of the associations you might have with these things, it is a beautiful, lyrical album, thoroughly understated and sensuous. Definitely worth hearing in its entirety.

Published 15 Dec 2019