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Recorded: 3/18/63 – 3/19/63

Released: March 1964

Rating: 4.896 (average of 7 ratings)

Genre: jazz/ bossa nova

Quotable: “bossa nova’s finest moment” – Steve Huey, All Music Guide

Album Tracks:

  1. The Girl from Ipanema [with Astrud Gilberto]
  2. Doralice
  3. Para Machuchar Meu Coração (To Hurt My Heart)
  4. Desafinado
  5. Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars) [with Astrud Gilberto]
  6. So Danço Samba (I Only Dance Samba)
  7. O Grande Amor
  8. Vivo Sonhando (Dreamer)

Total Running Time: 33:38


sales in U.S. only ½ million
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated ½ million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 2
peak on U.K. album chart --

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Desafinado * (9/29/62) #15 US, #4 AC. Airplay: 1 million
  • The Girl from Ipanema (6/6/64) #5 US, #29 UK, #1 AC. Airplay: 4 million
* Chart information is for original version; featured on this album in a new version.

Notes: In 1997, a reissue added the single versions of “The Girl from Ipanema” and “Corcovado.”


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. Album of the Year Grammy winner. Click to go to awards page.

Stan Getz/João Gilberto
“One of the biggest-selling jazz albums of all time, not to mention bossa nova’s finest moment, Getz/Gilbertotrumped Jazz Samba by bringing two of bossa nova’s greatest innovators – guitarist/ singer João Gilberto and composer/ pianist Antonio Carlos Jobim – to New York to record with Stan Getz. The results were magic. Ever since Jazz Samba, the jazz marketplace had been flooded with bossa nova albums, and the overexposure was beginning to make the music seem like a fad. Getz/Gilberto made bossa nova a permanent part of the jazz landscape not just with its unassailable beauty, but with one of the biggest smash hit singles in jazz history – The Girl from Ipanema, a Jobim classic sung by João's wife, Astrud Gilberto, who had never performed outside of her own home prior to the recording session” (Huey).

“Beyond that, most of the Jobim songs recorded here also became standards of the genre – Corcovado (which featured another vocal by Astrud), So Danço Samba, O Grande Amor, a new version of Desafinado. With such uniformly brilliant material, it’s no wonder the album was such a success but, even apart from that, the musicians all play with an effortless grace that’s arguably the fullest expression of bossa nova’s dreamy romanticism ever brought to American listeners. Getz himself has never been more lyrical, and Gilberto and Jobim pull off the harmonic and rhythmic sophistication of the songs with a warm, relaxed charm. This music has nearly universal appeal; it’s one of those rare jazz records about which the purist elite and the buying public are in total agreement. Beyond essential” (Huey).

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Last updated April 6, 2008.