Insensatez (m. Antônio Carlos Jobim, w. Vinícius de Moraes)

João Gilberto — from the 1961 album João Gilberto, (Brazil) Odeon MOFB 3202


Antônio Carlos Jobim with Claus Ogerman and his Orchestra — from the 1963 LP The Composer of Desafinado, Plays, recorded 9, 10 May 1963

Jimmy Cleveland (tb) Leo Wright (as, fl) Antônio Carlos Jobim (p, g) George Duvivier (b) Edson Machado (d) Claus Ogerman (arr, cond) unidentified strings, and others


Stan Getz – Luiz Bonfa Septet — recorded in NYC, 8 February 1963 — Stan Getz (ts) Antônio Carlos Jobim (p, g) Luiz Bonfá (g) Tommy Williams (b) Paulo Ferreira (d) Jose Carlos (d, per) Maria Helena Toledo (vo); released on the 1963 LP Jazz Samba Encore!


Alaíde Costa  — from her 1963 album Afinal, (Brazil) Audio Fidelity ‎AFLP 1999, with the Lindolfo Gaya Orchestra, César Camargo (p), Théo (g), Sabá (b), Hamilton (d), Paulinho Nogueira (d), Trio Seleno



Mina recorded Insensatez for her first album, a 1964 self-titled combination of jazz standards and newer songs, featuring orchestral arrangement and conducting by Augusto Martelli.

live, 1965


Early recordings of the English lyric version “How Insensitive,”  with words by Norman Gimbel, were released by Peggy Lee and Vicky Carr in 1964.

Peggy Lee — from the 1964 album In Love Again!, (US) Capitol Records ST 1969 (Stereo), T 1969 (Mono?)


Vicki Carr — from the 1964 Discovery!, on the Liberty label


Astrud Gilberto — from the Astrud Gilberto Album,  recorded 27-28 January 1965 at RCA Studios, Hollywood; Marty Paich (arr, cond)

Musicians for the sessions include:
Astrud Gilberto (vo) João Gilberto (g) Joe Mondragon (b) Bud Shank (as, fl) João Donato (p) Stu Williamson (tp) Milt Bernhardt (tb) Guildhall String Ensemble, and Antonio Carlos Jobim (g, vo) on Água de Beber


In the summer of ’65, Astrud Gilberto made a fast trip to the Netherlands to appear on Dutch TV. The show—See Jazz—was produced by pianist and host Pim Jacobs. Flush off the release of Getz/Gilberto and the success of her single of The Girl From Ipanema, Gilberto sang a long list of songs with a bossa nova beat backed by Pim Jacobs (piano), Wim Overgaauw (guitar), Ruud Jacobs (bass), Ruud Brink (tenor saxophone) and Dom Um Romão (drums). According to the July 15, 1965 issue of Billboard, she returned to the U.S. a day after taping. – See more at:

Wes Montgomery — recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 17 March 1966; released on the album Tequila, 1966

Wes Montgomery (g), Ron Carter (b), Grady Tate (d), Ray Barretto (congas), Claus Ogerman (arr, cond) [The strings include eight violins and four cellos]


Frank Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim — from their 1967 collaboration, recorded 1 February 1967, Western Recorders, Hollywood — Frank Sinatra (ldr), Claus Ogerman (con), Sonny Burke, Ray Gilbert (pdr), Dom Um Romão (d), Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra (v), Antonio Carlos Jobim (bkv)


Dick Hyman — from his 1967 LP Brazilian Impressions

Recording to be replaced


Nara Leão

From her 1971 album Dez Anos Depois


During a 1973(?) MPB TV special, Leão talks about the beginnings of bossa nova and sings a bit of the song Insensatez as an example of one of the early songs during a period in which a small clique would perform fresh songs in the new style for University students at parties. She refers to a time when none of the songs had been recorded yet, and when members of the bossa nova “bunch” had not even anticipated making any money from the music.


Fausto Papetti — first track on his album 20a Raccolta, released in May 1975


Toquinho e Vinicius —  album: O poeta e o Violão, 1975


João Gilberto — Rome, August 1983


Larry Coryell and Emily Remler — from their Together album, recorded at Coast Recorders, San Francisco, CA, August 1985


(below) incomplete track


Eddie Higgins Trio — from the LP Again, recorded 14-15 1998; released in 2002


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