At first listen, ‘Desafinado’ sidles up to the ear with an air of nonchalance, draped in the smooth, golden saxophone tones of Stan Getz. This Bossa Nova classic, often heard as a languid melody of love and sorrow, carries within it a powerful defiance against the conformist tenets of musicality and the critiques of an unsympathetic listener. The song, composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim with lyrics by Newton Mendonça, became famously known in the American jazz sphere through Getz’s interpretation, transcending cultural barriers and solidifying its position as a genre-defining masterpiece.
Category: Stan Getz
The breathy tenor saxophone of Stan Getz weaving through the air, accompanied by the delicate plucking of João Gilberto’s guitar, sets a scene of distant shores and wistful desires. ‘The Girl from Ipanema’, initially released in 1964, has since ripened into a timeless classic, enshrining itself within the hearts of jazz and bossa nova enthusiasts alike. The track’s languid melodies and poignant lyrics craft a tale of unrequited love amidst the backdrop of Rio de Janeiro’s beach culture.