Stan Getz: The Girl from Ipanema


The Girl from Ipanema


Stan Getz (tenor sax)


Getz/Gilberto (Verve V-8545)

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Stan Getz (tenor sax), JoĂŁo Gilberto (guitar, vocals), Astrud Gilberto (vocals), Antonio Carlos Jobim (piano), Tommy Williams (bass), Milton Banana (drums).

Composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes


Recorded: New York, March 17, 18, 19, 1963 – released 1964


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

The bouncy “Girl from Ipanema” is Jobim’s most universally recognized composition; one of the most recorded tunes of all time, it’s also been Muzaked deeply into the public mind. The vinyl debut of “Ipanema” features vocals by both Joao Gilberto and his then-wife, Astrud; Joao’s two-minute part was edited out of the hit single, while Astrud’s girlish, amateur vocal catapulted her into a career. This version sounds less dated than the one Jobim would soon record with strings (on his first album as leader), but too many bad performances have dulled the original sheen of this tune.

Reviewer: Judith Schlesinger

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