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Getz Gilberto At 50

Older: Bossa 60 - 'Getz/Gilberto'


Published: 05/30/2018

by Scott Adams


Program #1357 - 'Bossa 60 - 'Getz/Gilberto'

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Hi there.

Music critics and historians will tell you that Bossa Nova's greatest recording, the Getz/Gilberto album (which turned 55 ealier this year) was recorded in March 1963. Heck, even the record label touted that date. But most of us know that the album's DOB was when it became part of our music collection.  I'll share the complete story below, with more during the show.

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Jazz music in Brazil enjoys the same long and rich tradition as it has here in the US – perhaps even more so, due to the infusion of the jazz style in many forms of Brazilian song: There’s Choro and MPB, and there’s no denying the jazzy nature of Bossa Nova (there are still Brazilian music critics who steadfastly maintain that Bossa Nova is not really Brazilian at all – that it roots are in American jazz!). But no matter what musical path you wish to explore, it’s easy to understand the generational trail left for us to follow.

And while we’ll spend the next four weeks exploring hundreds of songs and musicians who carry the banner for our 'Rendezvous In Rio' theme, only one album could qualify to be the first featured: ‘Getz/Gilberto’

Simply put, this timeless recording is the touchstone for Bossa Nova’s worldwide success and the Brazilian sound’s translation into a bona fide jazz idiom. The music is irresistibly romantic, the production and musicianship sublime. 

Halfway throught the fifth decade of its recording, release and debut of Getz/Gilberto on Billboard's Pop chart, and few pop albums of any kind have matched its success. Once completed the project sat on producer Creed Taylor’s desk for nearly a year but once released, ‘Getz/Gilberto’ went on to nominations for seven Grammies in 1964, coming away with four awards (for Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Instrumental Jazz Performance – Small Group, and Best Engineered Record – non classical) edging out both Barbra Streisand and the Beatles. The album entered the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 and ‘The Girl From Ipanema’ single followed a year later.

Sales success? ‘Getz/Gilberto’ went straight to the top of the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #2 as a certified million selling album, and it stayed there for 96 weeks until finally giving way to the Beatles and the musical sea change that followed.  In fact, eight songs never sounded so…

While you think of the best words to finish that sentence, why not join me as we take Brazilian music back to its American roots? The ‘Getz/Gilberto’ album is a classic recording around the world – even in Rio de Janeiro.  

I hope you'll enjoy the show!

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‘Bossa 60: Getz/Gilberto'

Hour 1:

Set 1: The Sounds of Brazil Opening Theme

Slow Motion Bossa<>Clara Moreno/Morena Bossa Nova


Mane Joao<>Erasmo Carlos/Samba Soul Groove

Welcome to the Lounge              

Doralice<>J. Gilberto & S. Getz/Bossa Years

Special Announcement

Blackbird<>Brazil & Beyond/Beatles


Set 2:

Introduce Next Set

Portal da Cor<>Liz Rosa/Liz Rosa

Winelight<>Trio da Paz/Somewhere

Introduce Next Song

Desafinado<>Stan Getz, Joao Gilberto /Getz-Gilberto

First Kiss/Chante Moore/Love the Woman

Sexy Bossa<>Latin Vibe/Chill Classics


Set 3: Introduce This Week’s Spotlight Song

Antonio’s Song<>Michael Franks/Dragonfly Summer

Bossa Love<>Marcos Ariel/4 Friends      

Escrito No Vento<>Richard Sorce/Samba Para A Vida


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Hour 2:

Set 1:

Dancing With Angels<>Magrus Rainforest Band/Between Dreams

Astrud<>Basia/Time And Tide

Welcome To Our Second Hour

Girl From Ipanema<> Stan Getz, Joao Gilberto /Getz-Gilberto

Triste<>Howard Roberts/Guilty

Batucada<>Boney James/The Beat

Special Announcement

Luxo Do Lixo<>Ivan Lins/America Brasil


Set 2:

Introduce Brazil Back2Back: Corcovado

Corcovado<>Sarah Vaughan/Heartbreakers OMPS

Corcovado<>Emilio Santiago/Bossa Nova

Introduce Next Set                                                                                                       

Tender Storm<>John Klemmer/Brazilia

Escravo da Alegria<>Nu Braz/Sonho Bossa

Bein’ Cool<>Kenia/Simply

Use Your Head<>Money Mark/Redhot + Rio


Set 3:

Pra Machuçar Meu Coração<>Stan Getz/Getz-Gilberto


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Next Week: Many cities have signature songs, but only Rio de Janeiro has a singular soundtrack. We'll kick off four weeks in September to explore BossaNovaville with  'Old School Bossa Nova'! You're welcome to join us!

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Scott Adams

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