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One of the most loved Brazilian musicians of all time, João was given his first guitar at the age of 14 by his grandfather, at eighteen he began his musical career and by his late twenties he was creating pieces that would go on to be some of the most successful music that Brazil would ever see. From the single ‘Chega de Saudade’ onwards, ‘O Mito’ (The Legend) became known as the father of bossa nova. This new musical movement came about by combining Brazilian samba with contemporary jazz, which was loved by a new class of young Brazilians and most notably adored by Americans in the 1960s.
Over the years, his songwriting, guitar ability and compositions garnered him a number of prestigious awards and in 2001, Mr. Gilberto was inducted into the International Latin Music Hall of Fame. Known for his high standards in the studio, this man has an impressive discography, many of which are vinyl must haves. After he passed away in 2019, he was honoured worldwide and described by many as having one of the ‘most intimate sounds of the 20th century’.
One of the most memorable saxophonists in U.S history, Stan Getz was destined to play from the moment his father gave him the instrument, at the age of 13. From only sixteen years of age, he played in many bands and alongside legends such as Nat King Cole, Lionel Hampton and Woody Herman. In the 1950s Getz successfully began to play solo and was eventually nicknamed ‘The Sound’ because of his lyrical, warm tone.
It’s no coincidence that he was heavily influenced by the collaborative artist on this record, João Gilberto. While Gilberto took the sounds from Brazil at the time and sparked bossa nova, Getz was the key figure in popularising this sound in America. The roaring success of this genre was catapulted by the hit single ‘The Girl from Ipanema’ which is one of the standout tracks from this month’s discovery album. Getz continued music throughout his life, he taught at Stanford University as an artist-in-residence and in 1986, he was inducted into the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame.
As you can probably tell, the combination of the described artists was sure to be an important moment in music history. This was the album that took bossa nova around the world and it also launched the career of Astrud Gilberto, with her debut vocals on “The Girl from Ipanema”. Getz/Gilberto won three awards at the 7th Annual Grammys, including the highly prestigious Album of the Year Award, which marked the first time that a jazz album had ever received the accolade.
The collaboration wasn’t always natural, with Getz and Gilberto clashing in the studio over differing styles. It’s rumoured that during one session, Gilberto, who did not speak English and impatient with Getz, told Antônio Carlos Jobim: "Tell this gringo he is an idiot". Jobim then translated: "Stan, João is saying that his dream always was to record with you". Stories like these are what make beautiful albums like Getz/Gilberto all that more intriguing to listen to.Like the sound of this? If you’re already a member of our vinyl record subscription club, you can choose this for your July delivery. If you’re interested in getting records like this delivered straight to your door, you can sign up to our online vinyl club here.