My first Universal SACD

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  1. Mike Broadman

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    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.
     
  2. Lee Scoggins

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    Mike, I about craped my panties when I read about singing in Peruvian![​IMG] I'm sure many have sung under the influence of Peruvian but they speak Portuguese in Brazil. Brazil is by far the largest Portuguese speaking country on the globe.
    Here's how Astrud Gilberto came to sing on the album. The night before recording was to begin, Jao had a sore throat and couldn't sing. Getz and the Gilbertos were in a hotel room and Astrud sang for him and he liked it. Jao was entirely against his wife singing but Getz insisted she come to the session as the singer. This is how her star was born.
    I'm wanting to boycott nonhybrid SACD's but this is one of my favourite albums..... Best wishes!
    P.S. The Gilberto's daughter, Bebel, is now a musican. I have her CD TANTO TEMPO. I'm a big fan of Brazilian and Argentian music.
     
  4. KeithH

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    Mike, ironically, I picked up the Getz/Gilberto SACD at a Compact Disc World in New Jersey tonight for just $11.99. I haven't gotten to listen to it yet, but I can't wait to give it a whirl. I don't have the CD for comparison, but I love "The Girl From Impanema", and I couldn't pass up the SACD for $11.99. The same store had the CD for $14.99. [​IMG] Do you have the CD for comparison?
    I too am miffed that this one is a single-layer disc. Now I can't listen to it in the car on the way to work tomorrow. [​IMG]
     
  5. Mike Broadman

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    I've noticed this disc on a few occasions, but I'm not real familiar. Is this stuff comparable in style and quality (playing and recording) to "Jazz Samba" and "Jazz Samba Encore", the only two Getz-related albums I've heard?

    If so, I think I'd dig it! The "Jazz Samba" stuff is just wonderful.
     
  7. Mike Broadman

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    Rich, I've never heard those albums, but they are probably similar.
     
  8. Piers C

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    My observation:

    Of all the Universal SACDs, the Getz/Gilberto is the one that appears to produce the most negative reactions about performance. There are a number of comments on this over on the asylum board. So, I'm glad to hear some positive things here.

    I've only picked up the Muddy Waters & Ella/Louis SACDs so far and been happy with both.

    I already own the remastered CD of Getz/Gilberto and have held off based on what I have read so far & from wanting to purchase new music instead. It is a great album.
     
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  10. Piers C

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    Lance,
    Thanks for the TC recommendation. I know of their work but didn't know about the DC connection.

    I can understand why anyone would give up on a particular board, like AudioAsylum. Having said that, there is a lot of valuable info and some decent folks over there as well.
     
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    Well, I listened to the Getz/Gilberto SACD tonight, and it is outstanding. I was familiar with the music going, but I love the sound quality. I don't know how anyone could complain about the sound quality on this SACD. It's a winner. [​IMG]
     

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