Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto: Só Danço Samba
Só Danço Samba
Getz/Gilberto (Verve 521414)
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