Stan Getz - Getz Au Go Go [1964]

This is a recording of the great tenor sax player Stan Getz and his band, performing live with the wonderful bossa nova singer Astrud Gilberto. One thing I love about jazz, and particularly about the jazz of the 1960s, is its ability to be mellow and relaxing without sacrificing complexity or depth. This record is a stunning example of such. Listening to it now, I can just feel myself decompressing (and I just fucking woke up).

One of my favorite parts of this record is the amazing vibraphone. Lacking a piano, the vibes (courtesy of jazz master Gary Burton) are responsible for holding down the chord changes. As such, Getz's warm tenor solos seem to be floating on air, as the vibes drift through the songs.

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  1. KILLME says:

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  3. DHint says:

    Have you ever listened to any of the artists from the tropicalia movement of the late 60s in Brazil? Caetano Veloso, Gal Costa, Jorge Ben Jor, or Gilberto Gil are all great musicians to check out.

  4. Will says:

    DHint: I will do just that.

  5. Will, I highly recommend you to start by Caetano's debut Domingo.
    You can read about him:

  6. Will says:

    Wonderful. Thanks for the link, I'm looking forward to exploring this music. I'm loving what I've heard so far.

  7. DHint says:

    Thanks, Will, for always posting such great music on this blog. I have discovered many wonderful musical gems because of you.

    When I was first introduced to tropicalia I started with these four albums:
    Caetano Veloso - Tropicalia (1968)- the Brazilian Sgt. Pepper

    Gal Costa - Gal Costa (Cinema Olympia) (1969) - Crazy album, Gal does the best Caetano Veloso cover songs

    Jorge Ben Jor - Africa/Brazil (1976) - Rod Stewart sampled a song on this album and tried to take credit for it.

    Os Mutantes - Os Mutantes (1968) - Kurt Cobain liked this band and got to meet one of the members when Nirvana toured Brazil.

    There so many other albums by these artists and other artists but this is a real good starting point.

    Thanks again Will for the great albums you post.

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