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Getz/Gilberto No. 2

Verve 0602517679283



1. Grandfather's Waltz
2. Tonight I Shall Sleep (With a Smile on My Face)
3. Stan's Blues

4. Here's That Rainy Day
5. Samba De Minha Terra
6. Rosa Moreno
7. Um Abraco No Bonfa 

8. Bim Bom
9. Meditation
10. O Pato
Stan Getz - Tenor sax (tracks 1-4)
Gary Burton - Vibes (tracks 1-4)
Eugene Cherico - Bass (tracks 1-4)
Joe Hunt - Drums (tracks 1-4)
Joao Gilberto - Guitar, vocals (tracks 5-10)
Keeter Betts - Bass (tracks 5-10)

Helcio Milito - Drums (tracks 5-10)


This is a strange album. The original LP was released in 1964, a year after the more famous Getz/Gilberto album, which had included Stan Getz playing with Joao Gilberto and Joao's wife, Astrud. When Getz/Gilberto No. 2 was reissued as a remastered CD in 1993, it contained five bonus tracks which are not included on this new CD, which contains separate performances by small groups led respectively by Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto (with no sign of Astrud). The separation may be explained by the fact that Stan Getz had an affair with Astrud Gilberto (possibly before or after she was divorced from Joao), which may have alienated Joao.

So we start by hearing Getz's quartet, with Gary Burton playing superbly on vibes. Burton had only joined Getz at the beginning of 1964 but he had already settled in as the ideal accompanist and soloist for Stan. You can understand why Stan Getz had had such success with the bossa nova, as his enticingly liquid sound was well-suited to this new, gentler form of the samba.

Joao Gilberto was actually one of the originators of bossa nova, and his segment of the album consists primarily of his guitar accompanying his caressing voice in bossa tunes. The drawback is that he is accompanied by two jazzmen who are buried in the background, perhaps because they were not experts in this particular rhythm. It makes for a rather lacklustre series of tracks, compared with the eloquence of the Getz quartet.

The album was recorded at a concert in October 1964 at the Carnegie Hall, with an audience applauding intrusively - even clapping at the wrong times (for example, in the midst of a sax-and-drums exchange on Stan's Blues). Listeners may well feel short-changed by an album which lasts for only 35 minutes and includes only four tracks by Getz and six by Gilberto. The preceding Getz/Gilberto album is preferable - or the classic Jazz Samba album which introduced Stan Getz to us as an exponent of the new thing, the bossa nova.

Tony Augarde





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