Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Stan Getz - Verve Jazz Masters 53: Bossa Nova (1996)


We couldn't have a Brazil Week without including some bossa nova from Stan Getz, who appropriated the sound, made it his own, and imported it to US audiences. Getz's best work were his collaborations with Antonio Carlos Jobim and João Gilberto.  Getz eventually tired of playing only bossa nova and moved on to other musical genres, which makes this compilation of only bossa nova tunes the disc for me as other "greatest hits" packages span his entire career.  I suppose I could have gone with the 4 CD set of The Bossa Nova Years, but that would probably be overkill for me (I don't host that many '60s-themed cocktail  parties).

I can't help but like the photo on the back cover of Getz blowin' and groovin' in a polyester suit.  Dig it!

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: Did not chart

Tracks:  They're all good.  Included here are Menina Moca, One Note Samba, Doralice, and O Grande Amor (featuring some very tasty piano work by Chick Corea).  The versions of Desafinado and The Girl From Ipanema included on this disc are alternate or live versions of the ones on Getz/Gilberto; its nice to have them included instead of the more familiar takes we've all heard before.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: Purchased around 2000 at a record store on the Drag in Austin. I was helping chaperone/transport a high school jazz band as they attended the Longhorn Jazz Festival with clinician Michael Brecker.

Previously revisited for the blog:
Getz/Gilberto (1964)

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