Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Vinyl Release of the Month - "João Gilberto & Stan Getz: Getz/Gilberto '76"

12" Vinyl Release of the Month
João Gilberto & Stan Getz: "Getz/Gilberto '76" (Resonance HLP 9021)

Limited gatefold hand-numbered 180 gram vinyl LP with a 4-page insert including an essay by writer James Gavin and rare pics by Tom Copi.
Release Date: February 17, 2016

Side A
1. "Spoken Introduction By Stan Getz" (0:57)
2. "É Preciso Perdoar" (5:48)
3. "Águas De Marco" (5:46)
4. "Retrato Em Branco E Preto" (4:45)
5. "Samba Da Minha Terra" (3:20)
6. "Chega De Saudade" (3:38)
7. "Rosa Morena" (4:26)
Side B
1. "Eu Vim Da Bahia" (4:08)
2. "João Marcelo" (3:20)
3. "Doralice" (3:47)
4. "Morena Boca De Ouro" (3:32)
5. "Um Abraço No Bonfá" (4:35)
6. "E Preciso Perdoar (Encore)" (6:26)

Release Date: April 18, 2015
Recorded live @ Keystone Korner (San Francisco, CA), May 11-16, 1976
Produced by Zev Feldman & Todd Barkan
Executive Producer: George Klabin
Assistant Producers: Heidi Kalison & Sydney B. Lanex
Mixing & Sound Restoration by George Klabin & Fran Gala @ Resonance Records
Mastered by Erika Records (Buena Park, CA)
Art Direction & Design: Burton Yount
Painting: Olga Albizu ("Equilibrium Verde")
Liner Photos: Tom Copi
Liner Notes: James Gavin

After the 10" LP issue "Selections From Getz/Gilberto '76," with only 4 tracks, released on April 18, 2015, to celebrate the Record Store Day, now comes the complete package of a musical miracle. This is not a reissue nor a "new recording", of course, but it's a fantastic new release!

The repertoire includes Gilberto's own instrumental pieces "Um Abraço No Bonfá" (a thrilling tribute to his favorite guitarist and close friend Luiz Bonfá, a much missed genius) and "João Marcelo" (dedicated to his son with Astrud Gilberto), Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Waters of March," three songs by Dorival Caymmi - "Doralice" (recorded by João & Getz in 1963 for the historical "Getz/Gilberto"), "Samba da Minha Terra" and "Rosa Morena" - and Ary Barroso's "Morena Boca de Ouro."

Three songs covered by Gilberto & Getz on "The Best of Two Worlds," recorded for CBS in 1976, complete the program: "É Preciso Perdoar (Alcyvando Luz/Carlos Coqueijo Costa), "Eu Vim da Bahia" (Gilberto Gil), and "Retrato Em Branco E Preto" (Antonio Carlos Jobim/Chico Buarque), the latter also included by Gilberto on another masterpiece, the "Amoroso" album for Warner in 1977.

Backing João Gilberto (acoustic guitar & vocals) and Stan Getz (tenor sax) are Joanne Brackeen on piano, Clint Houston on acoustic bass, and Billy Hart on drums. [Hart and Houston also performed on "The Best Of Two Worlds," on which the late Albert Dailey was the pianist.] One more time, Getz's sax is mixed very loud, creating a constraining contrast with Gilberto's whispers that -- one more time -- appear very low on the mix.

The LP has been eagerly awaited by Getz's and Gilberto's fans since we first posted about it last year, and the stores expect even better sales than another impressive Gilberto album, "Um Encontro No Au Bon Gourmet," released by the Italian label Doxy (specialized in Public Domain recordings) as announced here in February 2015.

Stan Getz and João Gilberto reunite in 1976 with these previously unreleased recordings from a four-night engagement at San Francisco's Keystone Korner. This album commemorates performances that are one of the few times this duo collaborated in the 1970's, after their multiple Grammy award-winning 'Getz/Gilberto" released by Verve in 1964, and soon after their second studio reunion on "The Best Of Two Worlds" in 1976.

Resonance acquired the tapes from jazz impresario Todd Barkan, owner of the now-defunct (but very famous in the 70s) Keystone Korner jazz club in SF. They cleared rights with the Stan Getz Estate and the other musicians, including Joao Gilberto.

Puerto Rican abstract expressionist painter, Olga Albizu (1924-2005), graces the cover with her artwork "Equilibrium Verde"; Creed Taylor loved her work and selected Albizu's paintings for other Verve releases in the early 60s by people like Bill Evans ("Trio 64"), Bob Brookmeyer ("Gloomy Mondays And Other Bright Moments"), and the seminal Getz' albums "Jazz Samba" (with Charlie Byrd) and "Getz/Gilberto."

Prior to his work as president and founder of the Resonance label, George Klabin was the owner and chief engineer of the Sound Ideas Studio in NY, where great jazzmen and Brazilian artists -- such as Thiago de Mello ("Amazon"), Eumir Deodato ("Os Catedráticos 73"), João Donato ("Donato/Deodato) and Flora Purim ("Everyday Everynight") -- recorded many nice albums during the 70s.

One of the most important releases of the year.

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