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Astrud Gilberto & Stan Getz – The Girl From Ipanema| International Jazz Day

There was a feeling of dissatisfaction, possibly the hint of war to come, and people needed some romance, something dreamy for distraction

The fascinating story of The Girl From Ipanema begins with Helo Pinheiro, a young Brazilian girl who lived in the fashionable Ipanema district of Rio de Janeiro. 

Daily Helo Pinheiro would stroll down to the beach past the popular Veloso bar-café, where writers Antônio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes frequented. Sometimes she would enter the bar to buy cigarettes for her mother and always left to a to a noisy chorus of wolf whistles. In 1962, sitting at the bar Antônio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes decided to tell her story and our favourite recording of this tale comes from Stan Getz and João Gilberto on the Getz/Gilberto album.

Their interpretation of The Girl From Ipanema for us is one of the silkiest recordings ever made; an enduring example of ‘less is more’. The way the track grows from Astrud’s delicate verse to Getz’s tenor solo is a masterclass and this gentle fusion of cool jazz and Brazilian balladry continues to inspire us and (music) lovers worldwide.