I thought I'd get the ball rolling on reviewing Universal's entry into the SACD market. I was pleasantly surprised to find the classic Getz/Gilberto album on SACD in Tower Records today. The music: During the early 60s, bossa nova was something of a fashion in popular and jazz music. Taking the rhythms of Brazil and sanitising it for American audiences, bossa nova would later become used, abused, and parodied. In fact, the first track on this album, The Girl From Ipanema, is currently best known for its Muzak version, much to the chagrin of telephone callers on hold and elevator travelers everywhere. One of the leading exporters of bossa nova was singer/guitarist/songwriter Jao Gilberto. Low-key, pleasant songs and a gentle approach to performance endeared him to audiences. Stan Getz, famous for his gorgeous tenor sax tone, is a perfect match for this collaboration. The music is soft and gentle- usually not my kind of thing. Getz has a huge following, though, typically the same people who like Dave Brubeck. This music may sound a bit corny to today's audiences, but it's very pleasant listening. Gilberto sings in Peruvian (I assume) and his wife also sings on a couple of tunes. The eight songs are supplemented by a two alternate versions originally issued on 45 rpm. The sound: If you listen to Getz for his tone, then you owe to yourself to hear the SACD. This is the kind of thing high-res music was made for. Simply beautiful. The guitar strings ring nice and clearly as well. The sparse arrangements of the songs allow one to take in all the details offered by the production. The bad: It's not a hybrid. If A Love Supreme sounds this good, I'll crap my pants.