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Stan Getz & João Gilberto – Getz/Gilberto (1963)

January 21, 2013

New Year’s Resolution #9: Be Smooth(er)

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From listening to Jazz Samba, I knew Stan Getz’s Tenor Saxophone playing was smooth.  Silky smooth.

Alas, the journalist who provided the review for the 1001 Albums book out-adjectived me on that one.  Getz’s understated Jazz Samba performance?  Velvet.

There’s also little to be offended by on Getz/Gilberto, the gentle bossa nova glides nicely through the 8 tracks.  Or I should say, tracks 2 through 7 glide along seamlessly; smash hit Girl from Ipanema was wisely slotted first.  The album opener more than stands out, with Astrud (wife of guitarist/vocalist João Gilberto)’s delicate English contribution taking the world by storm.

Otherwise smooth sailing the rest of the way, enjoy the relaxing ride.

So, resolving to be more smooth?  Getz velvet, if you please.

From → 1960s

  1. The Gentleman Caller permalink

    That sounds like a fancy drink you’d order at a bar: “I’d like a Getz Velvet on the rocks.”

    But seriously, he’s one of the most melodious sax players of his era. He really lays back on his playing. Check out his recordings with Chet Baker – but they may not be on the 1001 list…

    • There isn’t a rough edge in sight – I shall explore the Chet Baker recordings, thanks for the suggestion!

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