Includes the albums ‘Big Band Bossa Nova’ / ‘Jazz Samba’ / ‘Jazz Samba Encore!’ / ‘Getz/Gilberto’ / ‘Getz/Almeida’
Stan Getz was on tour in Brazil in 1961 when he first heard ‘Bossa Nova’ the new regional rhythm which was taking the country by storm. Getz was determined to be the one to break the sound to American ears and on 13th February 1962 recorded ‘Jazz Samba’, the first in a series of albums he recorded using the seductive Brazilian rhythm. Guitarist Charlie Byrd also played on the session.
After the stripped down sound of the first album, Getz went ‘Big Band Bossa Nova’ later that year with a much larger ensemble. ‘Jazz Samba Encore’, recorded in early 1963 saw him return to a small group but this time utilised the talents of Brazilian musicians Luiz Bonfa and Antonio Carlos Jobim.
However, it was the fourth album in this series which saw Getz take dual billing with guitarist João Gilberto and featured just Brazilian talent (barring Getz of course) which contained a big hit: “The Girl From Ipanema”, sung by Astrud Gilberto who was also married to João. The song was huge during the mid-60s and was covered by a multitude of artists and remains a popular song today.The final album in this wonderful box set and also recorded in 1963 is Getz’s collaboration with another Brazilian guitarist, Laurindo Almeida who is credited as being at the forefront of the creation of the bossa nova sound.