Getz/Gilberto – Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto (1963)

Album no. 41/1001

Latin music returns to the list and given our reactions to the last one, we don’t have high hopes.

Supposedly America was “having a love affair with Latin American dance music” during the sixties, so no doubt this was popular at the time. Stan Getz brings his infamous bossa nova back with his mate Joao Gilberto and presents something that, really, sounds much the same as Jazz Samba.

Have you listened to this album before?

CL: No. Of course not.

NK: No, but I have heard ‘The Girl From Ipanema’.

Standout track

CL: I suppose I have to say ‘The Girl From Ipanema’ just because I sort of recognised it from somewhere? Not sure where. But really, this album is the same old gumpf they churned out in Jazz Samba. It’s not my jams.  

NK: I disagree very slightly and think that this was a bit better than Jazz Samba. At least there’s some singing this time. The best track is ‘The Girl from Ipanema’. I like the first verse sung in Spanish and the second in English by a different person. That was good.

When would be the best time to listen to this?

CL: In 1001 Albums, there’s a quote from Charlie Byrd (the guy Getz recorded Jazz Samba with) that says:

“Stan sounds like he’s trying to charm every woman on the beach of Ipanema.”

Interestingly, I DO NOT FEEL THIS. I AM NOT CHARMED. Don’t be fooled guys, this will not work on the ladies.

NK: I guess it’d be good to listen to on a beach, but it’s hard to imagine it would do anything other than put you to sleep.

CL: I suppose if you did have to pick a time to listen, it would probably work really well as background music on The Sims, when you’re building a house.

Why has this album been included on the list?

CL: This is a really good question. As far as I can tell, this sounds exactly the same as Jazz Samba. Why put two albums that sound the same on this very limited list? I can’t see any innovation or a ‘new sound’ or anything. I’m at a loss here, I really am.

NK: It’s sung in a different language I guess? Maybe Stan was super good looking in real life? Managed to sell it through force of personality?

Will you be listening again?  

CL: No. Through this quest I have discovered I do not have a taste for Latin music. And you know what? I don’t care.

NK: I will not, sorry Getz and Gilberto.


CL: This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.

NK: This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.

Listen to Getz/Gilberto on Spotify or buy it in iTunes.

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