Stan Getz: Desafinado
Jazz Samba (Verve 314 521 413-2)
Buddy Deppenschmidt, Bill Reinchenbach (drums).
Composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Newton Mendonca.
Recorded: Washington, D.C., February 13, 1962
Rating: 98/100 (learn more)
“Desafinado” first appeared on the 1962 Jazz Samba album that launched the bossa nova craze and stayed on the charts for 70 weeks. The song was created to mock the off-key singers in Rio (“Desafinado” means “out of tune”), but its famous blue note made it jazz. Like the album, the single became a massive hit, and brought Stan Getz a Grammy for Best Jazz Performance. Getz swings hard over Charlie Byrd’s insistent rhythm, while maintaining a sexy tropical feel. Always elegant and fresh, this remains the definitive version of the tune.
Reviewer: Judith Schlesinger