Described as “one of the all-time great tenor saxophonists” by critic Scott Yanow, Stan Getz became known as “The Sound” because of his warm, lyrical tone. From early recordings including his performance on Johnny Smith’s 1952 album Moonlight in Vermont, whose title track became a hit that remained in the charts for months, Getz is most widely known for his popularization of bossa nova, with collaborations with Joao Gilberto and Antonio Carlos Jobim. Hit singles from their landmark album (above) include The Girl from Ipanema (1964).

Getz/Gilberto, featuring Antonio Carlos Jobim, was recorded in 1963, New York for Verve Records – going on to sell more than 2 million records in 1964. This timeless recording was included in Rolling Stone’s and Vibe lists of best albums of all time.

Grammy Awards attributed to Getz/Gilberto include ‘Best Jazz Instrumental Album’, ‘Individual or Group’, ‘Best Engineered Recording – Non-Classical’, becoming the first non-American album to win ‘Album of The Year’ in 1965.


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