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Stan Getz Starts A New Wave On ‘Big Band Bossa Nova’

Bossa Nova was the thing as the 60s got underway and Stan Getz’s ‘Big Band Bossa Nova’ is a superb example of the “new wave”.

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Stan Getz Big Band Bossa Nova

Bossa Nova means ‘new wave’ or ‘new trend’, and this album rode that wave, making the `US album chart in the wake of the success of Jazz Samba (1962) and prior to the release of Getz/Gilberto (1964). Sandwiched as it is between the two classic albums of the era, it sometimes gets unfairly overlooked.

Recording this album began on 27 August 1962 at Columbia 30th Street Studios in New York City, when the whole of side one of the original LP was laid down, the four tracks on side two were done the following day. Besides the wonderful tenor sax of Stan Getz, the piano playing of Hank Jones is particularly good while Jim Hall plays acoustic guitar in the Charlie Byrd role. Other musicians include, Clark Terry on flugelhorn and former Verve Records A&R man, Bob Brookmeyer on Side 2.

The arranger, Gary McFarland, wrote four of the tracks while the other tracks come from the Brazil’s Antonio Carlos Jobim, Joao Gilberto and Luiz Bonfá. Six months later, in February 1963, Getz recorded Jazz Samba Encore with both Jobim and Bonfá.

Released in November 1962 the record wasted no time in charting on the Billboard album bestseller list, three days before Christmas. It went on to peak at No.13 and spent a total of 23 weeks on the chart. In its review of the album Billboard concentrated more on the cover art of Puerto Rican, Olga Albizu than they did on the playing which seems odd, In January 1963 the same magazine said, “Jazz dealers have an extra lift in their gait these days, thanks to some solid sales sup[lied by the music from the South, way south – the new beat from Brazil, Bossa Nova.”

Stan Getz’s Big Band Bossa Nova can be bought here.

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  1. William Giery

    September 3, 2016 at 12:51 am

    I couldn’t get into this second Getz big band Bossa Nova album back in 1963 and replaying partial cuts on this site has done nothing to make me change my opinion. This was a strange leap for Getz and it almost seems like he thought that bossa nova was a fad and he was going to cash in on it as much as he could. The big band sound washes out the “smoothness” of the sound. I am so glad he followed this up with his album with Gilberto and Bonfa. That is the way bossa nova is supposed to be played.

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