Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto: Só Danço Samba


Só Danço Samba


Stan Getz (tenor sax) and João Gilberto (guitar vocals)


Getz/Gilberto (Verve 521414)

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Stan Getz (tenor sax), João Gilberto (guitar vocals), Antonio Carlos Jobim (piano),

Tommy Williams (bass), Milton Banana (drums)


Composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim


Recorded: March 1963


Rating: 97/100 (learn more)

A lesser known track from a very famous album, “Só Danço Samba” features an excellent saxophone solo by Stan Getz, who was integral in popularizing the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim in the United States. This is Jobim’s composition (he also plays piano on this recording), with lyrics by the Brazilian poet Vinicius de Moraes, sung here by the guitarist Joao Gilberto. The mood of the song is ebullient and playful, capturing the unique swing in Brazilian bossa nova. The interaction between the musicians produces a magical result on what became one of the most successful jazz albums of all time.

Reviewer: Mark Lomanno

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  • 1 Joan // Aug 13, 2008 at 10:31 PM
    WOW! I cannot believe this is "lesser known" is FABULOUS!!! BUT then Stan Getz only projects the most facinating genuis sound EVER heard on a Sax:))) Blessings to all....and GET THE will not be sorry!