Stan Getz: Insensatez (How Insensitive)
Stan Getz (tenor sax)
Jazz Samba Encore (Verve V6-8523)
Paulo Ferreira, Jose Carlos (drums), Maria Toledo (vocal).
Composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes.
Recorded: New York, February 8, 9, 27, 1963
Rating: 93/100 (learn more)
This track is the gleaming gem of an otherwise lackluster album. One of Jobimís most recorded compositions, this ďInsensatezĒ has a lugubrious Portuguese vocal by Maria Toledo that is saved by Stan Getzís background commentary. Getzís solo is dynamic, building to a passionate wailing, while Jobimís eloquent piano is simplicity itself. The legend goes that since Jobimís hands were too small to comfortably span an octave, he avoided intricate chording and developed his signature one-fingered style of improvisation. Whatever its origins, this technique makes him the Basie of bossa nova.
Reviewer: Judith Schlesinger