Personnel includes: Stan Getz (tenor saxophone); Joao Gilberto (vocals, guitar); Astrud Gilberto, Maria Toledo (vocals); Gary Burton (vibraphone); Steve Kuhn, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Chick Corea (piano); Gene Byrd (guitar, bass); Kenny Burrell, Laurindo Almeida, Charlie Byrd, Luiz Bonfa (guitar); Gene Cherico, George Duvivier, Tommy Williams, Keter Betts, Ron Carter, Don Payne (bass); Helcio Milito, Dave Bailey, Milton Banana, Joe Hunt, Bill Reichenbach, Buddy Deppenschmidt, Paulo Ferreira, Grady Tate (drums); Edison Machado, Luiz Parga, Jose Paulo, Jose Soorez, Jose Carlos (percussion).
Producer: Creed Taylor.
Compilation producer: Michael Lang.
Recorded between February 13, 1962 and March 21, 1967. Includes liner notes by Bob Blumenthal.
Digitally remastered by Gary N. Mayo (Polygram Studios).
This is part of the Verve Jazz Masters series.
Personnel: Stan Getz (tenor saxophone); Joao Gilberto (vocals, guitar); Maria Toledo , Astrud Gilberto (vocals); Gene Byrd, Jim Hall, Kenny Burrell, Luiz Bonf , Laurindo Almeida, Charlie Byrd (guitar); Raymond Beckenstein (flute, clarinet); Jerry Sandino (flute); Eddie Caine (alto flute); Babe Clarke, Walter Levinsky (clarinet); Romeo Penque (bass clarinet); Joe Ferrante , Doc Severinsen, Bernie Glow, Nick Travis (trumpet); Clark Terry, Ray Alonge (flugelhorn); Willie Dennis (trombone); Tony Studd (bass trombone); Bob Brookmeyer (valve trombone); Chick Corea, Hank Jones , Steve Kuhn , Antonio Carlos Jobim (piano); Gary Burton (vibraphone); Edison Machado, Paulo Ferreira, Bill Reichenbach , Grady Tate, Buddy Deppenschmidt, H?lcio Milito, Joe Hunt , Johnny Rae, Milton Banana (drums); Jose Paulo (tambourine, percussion); Luiz Pargo, Jose (Bigorna) Carlos, Jose Soorez (percussion).
Liner Note Author: Bob Blumenthal.
Recording information: A&R Studios, New York, NY (02/13/1962-03/21/1967); Carnegie Hall, New York, NY (02/13/1962-03/21/1967); Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York, NY (02/13/1962-03/21/1967); Pierce Hall, All Souls Unitarian Church, WA (02/13/1962-03/21/1967); Van Gelder Recording Studio, Englewood Cliffts, NJ (02/13/1962-03/21/1967); Webster Hall, New York, NY (02/13/1962-03/21/1967).
Director: Sheryl Lutz-Brown.
Editor: Peter Pullman.
Photographer: Chuck Stewart.
Unknown Contributor Role: Gary McFarland.
Arranger: Gary McFarland.
As an entryway into Stan Getz's mid-'60s bossa nova output, this is neither as comprehensive as the four-CD set The Bossa Nova Years, nor as satisfying as the original albums in terms of sequencing and mood. It is, however, acceptable as a sampler to the newcomer, who in any event can re-program the order by grouping together the tracks from each session. All of the five albums contained in the box set are touched upon here, along with one that wasn't, Sweet Rain, which yields an impassioned "O Grande Amor" with Chick Corea on piano. In regard to the two best-known tunes from Getz's bossa nova days, "Desafinado" and "The Girl from Ipanema," Verve chooses to go with alternate versions rather than reissue the hit versions for the 437th time -- which is good. ~ Richard S. Ginell