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How Insensitive

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Released  1963
Length  2:53
Composer(s)  Antônio Carlos Jobim
Genre  Bossa nova
Label  Verve
Writer(s)  Vinícius de Moraes Norman Gimbel (English lyrics)

"Insensatez" (usually translated to "How Insensitive" in English, although the Portuguese word really means 'absurdity' or 'folly') is a bossa nova jazz standard composed by Antônio Carlos Jobim, loosely based on Frédéric Chopin's Prelude No.4 with lyrics by Vinícius de Moraes. The English lyrics were written by Norman Gimbel.

Cover versions

The following have also performed or recorded versions of this tune:

  • Stan Getz, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Luiz Bonfá, with Maria Toledo on vocals - Jazz Samba Encore (1963)
  • Clare Fischer - So Danço Samba (World Pacific, 1964)
  • Mina - Mina (1964) as Insensatez
  • Peggy Lee - In Love Again! (1964)
  • Astrud Gilberto - The Astrud Gilberto Album (1965) as "How Insensitive"
  • Doris Day - Latin for Lovers (1965)
  • J. J. Johnson - Goodies (1965)
  • Andy Williams - The Shadow of Your Smile (1966)
  • Oscar Peterson - Soul Espanol (1966)
  • Perry Como - Lightly Latin (1966)
  • Sahib Shihab - Companionship (1966)
  • Wes Montgomery - Tequila (1966) (instrumental)
  • Blossom Dearie - Soon It's Gonna Rain (1967)
  • Chet Atkins - Picks the Best (1967)
  • Frank Sinatra - Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim (1967) with António Carlos Jobim
  • Ahmad Jamal - Ahmad Jamal at the Top: Poinciana Revisited (1969) with Jamil Sulieman (bass), Frank Gant (drums)
  • Duke Pearson - How Insensitive (1969)
  • Richard Groove Holmes - New Groove (1974) (instrumental)
  • Shirley Bassey - The Magic Is You (1978)
  • Ella Fitzgerald - Ella Abraça Jobim (1981)
  • Emily Remler - Retrospective Vol. 1 "Standards" (1991), Together (with Larry Coryell) (1985)
  • Bireli Lagrene - Standards (1992) (instrumental as "How Insensitive (insensatez)")
  • Sting - António Jobim's Antonio Brasileiro (1994)
  • Rosenberg Trio - Gypsy Swing (1995)
  • Henry Butler - For all Seasons (1996) with Dave Holland (bass), Herman Jackson (drums)
  • The Monkees - Missing Links Vol.3 (1996) originally unreleased
  • Susannah McCorkle - From Broken Hearts to Blue Skies (1999)
  • Roy Hargrove - Moment to Moment (2000)
  • SuperJazz Big Band - UAB SuperJazz, Featuring Ellis Marsalis (2001)
  • Pedro Aznar - Mudras. Canciones de a dos (2003)
  • Robert Wyatt - Cuckooland (2003) as "Insensatez"
  • Pat MacDonald - In The Red Room (2004)
  • Olivia Newton-John - Indigo - Women Of Song (2004)
  • Anno Domini - Sand and Stone (2005)
  • Mónica Naranjo - Samba pa ti (2005)
  • Diana Krall - From This Moment On (2006)
  • Eartha Kitt - Live From The Café Carlyle (2006)
  • Klaus Doldinger - Early Doldinger - The Complete Philips Sessions (2006)
  • Olivia Ong - A Girl meets Bossanova 2 (November 22, 2006)
  • Fariborz Lachini - Golden Memories 1 (2008), Solo Piano
  • Mercedes Sosa - Cantora 2 (2009) Portuguese lyrics with the Argentine guitarist Luis Salinas
  • Iggy Pop - Préliminaires (2009)
  • Stacey Kent - The Changing Lights (2013)
  • Liz Madden and Nigel Clark - Sunset Songs (2014)
  • Matt Dusk and Margaret - Just the Two of Us (2015)
  • Aziza Mustafa Zadeh
  • Charlie Byrd
  • Chick Corea and Hiromi Uehara - Duet as "How Insensitive"
  • Claudine Longet
  • Dexter Gordon - Sophisticated Giant
  • Earl Klugh
  • Elis Regina
  • Fernanda Takai
  • Henri Salvador - Les amours qu'on délaisse
  • Jason Kouchak
  • João Gilberto
  • Judy Garland in concerts and on television beginning in 1967
  • Karrin Allyson in Portuguese and English with a piano version of Chopin's Prelude as introduction
  • Kellye Gray
  • Laura Fygi
  • Lee Konitz and Gil Evans - Anti-heroes
  • Liberace performed both the Moonlight Sonata and "How Insensitive" at the same time on his own TV show in 1969
  • Megan Mullally
  • Nara Leão
  • Nancy Wilson
  • Pat Metheny
  • Petula Clark
  • Mike Nesmith
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto
  • Sinéad O'Connor
  • Sylvia Telles
  • Rita Reys (with Rogier van Otterloo)
  • William Shatner - 1968
  • The song was featured as background to The Black Eyed Peas song "Sexy" and featured Brazilian pianist and bandleader Sérgio Mendes. An instrumental version of the song, performed by Jobim, was featured in the David Lynch movie Lost Highway.

    References

    How Insensitive Wikipedia


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