O Grande Amor – Getz & Gilberto

There was a time in the 1960s when the Bossa Nova seemed to be everywhere and no one person did more to stimulate the growth of this uniquely Brazilian musical form than singer, guitarist and composer João Gilberto, who passed away on Saturday 6th July at the age of 88. It was Gilberto’s collaboration with tenor saxophonist Stan Getz (and, on some tracks, his wife Astrud Gilberto) on the award-winning album Getz/Gilberto that made the Bossa Nova go global, penetrating not only the world of jazz but the much wider cultural sphere including pop and film music. The most famous track from Getz/Gilberto is undoubtedly The Girl From Ipanema which was a smash hit around the globe in 1964, but my own favourite number from that album is this, with lovely playing by Stan Getz and characteristically understated, almost whispered vocal by João Gilberto himself.

Rest in Peace João Gilberto (1931-2019)

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2 Responses to “O Grande Amor – Getz & Gilberto”

  1. telescoper Says:

    The cover art is the work of Puerto Rican artist Olga Albizu. She did cover designs for a number of albums in that period.

  2. There is an amazing book about Bossa Nova called
    “Bossa Nova: The Story of the Brazilian Music That Seduced the World” by Ruy Castro, one of the main biographers in Brazil.

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