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Guitarist Charlie Byrd was invited to travel and play in Brazil during a cultural goodwill tour sponsored by the Kennedy administration in 1961. He was completely enamoured by the music, and when he returned, he headed straight for the recording studio to make the now classic Jazz Samba. Collaborating with Stan Getz on tenor sax and backed by a band that included Gene Byrd (bass, guitar), Keter Betts (bass), and Buddy Deppenschmidt and Bill Reichenbach (drums), Byrd forged a new and brilliant sound. American record companies were to churn out hundreds of watered bossa-pop albums that have since given the style its lounge-addled image, but this album stands as a tribute to the vitality and adaptability of jazz. --Louis Gibson
- Byrd at the height of his powers
I was given this album when it first came out and of all my music it's my favorite. Since then I've worn out three vinyls and now I have the CD, plus it goes everywhere with on my PDA! The best music is timeless, and this sounds as fresh and full of life as it did nearly 40 years ago. The genius of these two consummate musicians is synergistic, and for my money, this is Byrd at his very best....more info
- Stan and Charlie record first Bossa Nova hit.
"Great companion to "Getz/Gilberto". Pure Samba without singers.
Charlie Byrd went to Brazil and heard the then unknown Antonio Carlos Jobim. He played Jobim records for Stan Getz, they got Keter Betts and two drummers went to All Soul's Unitarian Church in DC, and created the first Bossa Nova, Samba record in the US - a monster hit with "Desafinado". It changed America, and Jazz forever. For a decade every Jazz player tried to imitate it. The best selling Jazz CD of the decade, that's how good it is. A number one Hit of the Billboard Jazz, Pop and Rock charts at the same time. No other Jazz album, not other album of any type, not even "Kind of Blue", even "Getz /Gilberto", has ever achieved that.
Listen to subtle polyrhythym drumming from Deppenschmidt & Riechenbach which add an authentic Carnivale touch. There is more traditional Samba polyrhythm on this CD than any of the subsequent Getz Bossa Nova CD's and most BN cd's by subsequent artists who tried to capitalize om the BN craze. Hear this on "E Luxo So".
Stan floats and soars in "Desafinado" (Portuguese for "offkey"), "E Luxo So" and "Bahia". Most authentic Brazilian Getz Samba recording.
Hear Stan make each note 3-Dimensional blue fog note count."
Beautiful!, Lyrical!! Soaring!!! One of the ten best Jazz recordings ever made."
from my 1998 review
Yes it's true, as wonderful a sax man as Getz was, and I think he was the best, he was cheap. He got all the credit and most of the money for this album and he and Byrd fought over the rights to it for a decade in the courts.
Nevertheless its' wonderful. - maybe that's why they fought
This CD is a perennial favorite that never grows old.
Jobim had admired Getz Cool, melancholy Sound for a decade and had actually modeled his new toned down, slowed down Samba sound, called "Bossa Nova", on the Getz sound before they even met!
For people who like Bossa Nova but don't like Astrud Gilberto's singing on "Getz/Gilberto", this is the ideal album.
see my list of Best Cool albums and Best Getz.
Highest recommendation! I hope that when I eventually die, (no time soon) at my funeral someone will play the soaring, always happy "E Luxo So" to send me on my way!...more info
- (4.5 STARS) COOL MEETS BOSSA NOVA
Back in 1962, Stan Getz (tenor sax) and Charlie Byrd (acoustic guitar) collaborated to produce 'Jazz Samba' - an album which combines the sounds of West Coast cool jazz with the swaying rhythms of the Bossa Nova. I don't listen to much jazz, so I'm hardly qualified to review the album from this perspective; nonetheless, 'Jazz Samba' has a lot of appeal for me, as someone with more mainstream tastes in popular music.
Whilst the playing of Stan Getz is far from aggressive, it is the dominant feature of the album. He has a fluent and unforced style of playing - one which gives the impression that he is breathing into the saxophone rather than blowing into it. By contrast, the delicate playing of Charlie Byrd is far more subdued. Even if there are times when his playing seems to be relegated to that of accompaniment only (at least, that's how it struck me), he also presents the listener with a number of exquisite short solos. The supporting musicians (on acoustic bass, 2nd. guitar and drums) provide the rhythmic impetus for the album, and their playing is also a delight.
I like the whole album but, because I tend to prefer music with a somewhat slower tempo, 'Desafinado', 'Samba Triste', 'Samba de Uma Nota So' and 'Bahia' are the songs that I enjoy most. There is a bonus track (compared to the original vinyl release) but, as far as I can tell, this is nothing more than a 2 minute radio edit of 'Desafinado'. My version of the album was advertised as 're-issued and re-mastered', but the word 're-mastered' appears nowhere in the liner notes/production credits. My copy is a 'Verve Master Edition' with liner notes boasting 'High-resolution, 20-bit digital transfer' - this sounds pretty impressive, and I must say that, subjectively, I thought the sound quality was exceptionally good.
'Jazz Samba' features a lot of fine playing from all of the musicians, and I think the sound quality is outstanding. The music creates a spacious atmosphere, and it also has a high 'chill factor'. I think 'Jazz Samba' is an essential purchase for anyone who likes the sensuous and infectious rhythms of modern Latin American music.
- Jazz Samba
The sound of the sax which I like Samba Triste, and hear only this is the best...more info
- Stan Getz enters the peak of TOP 20 Pop-list all over !
Jazz Samba and Bossa Nova enters the peak of pop music !
And the music lives with Stan Getz and Louis Bonfa.
I`ve got my first item on an EP`vinyl in 1964 !...more info
- A beautiful introduction to Samba music
Jazz samba the collaborative album of Stan getz and Charlie Byrd is one of the most beautiful and relaxing albums I own. From the opening track Destafino on throught to the final track Baia listening to JS is like being on the beach and watching the sun set. The Byrd getz combination is flawless the two artists compliment each other extremely well making this album a effortless listen, again and again. If you are new to samba music this is where to begin....more info
- Soft and Cool..... hot night in Brazil
Once again Stan Getz delivers! If you love the soft sound of a sax and the bossa nova beat you will love this one. No singing, just smooth beat and soft sound..and oh so sexy. Some songs remind me of my champagne and candelight dinners for two. Really gets your heart pumping and memories of a steamy summer night and young love appear once again. I am so glad I found this one once again after 30 years. I had forgotten how soothing it could be to my soul....more info
- A Jazz Essential
Almost 40 years old, and still the standard by which all other Bossa Nova albums must be judged. It remains a delight to the ears no matter how many times it gets played, and is never far from my stereo. Truely one of the great jazz albums ever made. I hope you and Stan are jammin' now, Charlie....more info
- The soundtrack to my dreams.
the perfect introduction to U.S.-filtered bossa nova. I say 'U.S.' because the sound Charlie Byrd and Stan Getz bring to these classics are considerably smoother and broader than originals which can be often raspy or intensely private, but always richly nuanced. Getz's playing is masterfully self-effacing, never virtuosic for its own sake: you might forget he's even there as he conducts intimate conversations with Byrd's often Reinhardt-like guitar, or the quietly insistent rhythms, and yet he is the soul of this beach music that sounds so sad.
The best tracks are the old Jobim favourites 'Desafinado' and 'One note samba', in which the familiar melodies are taken through the most intricate, yet never alienating, variations, always obeying that hypnotic bossa nova beat. 'E Luxo Se' is a wide-eyed beauty, beaming the kind of melody that makes you instantly happy no matter how miserable you felt before you heard it. The same could be said for the whole of this marvellous album, perhaps best listened to at night when you're feeling weary, ready to dream......more info
- Getz/Gilberto - Jazz Samba [Remaster]
I enjoy this re-release so much, I leave it in the CD player all day on repeat/all. Give yourself a treat and get this one....more info
- The Start of the Jazz Samba Movement
This is probably the best - if not - the most important and significant Jazz album that I have and will probably ever own, hands down. It was the first CD I ever owned and still in my top 10 list of *all* time. Getz is one of the key contributors to introducing the American public to the nuances, soul, and sensuality of Brazilian-influenced jazz back in the early 60s. "Desifinado" is a punchy, playful tune that takes the listener upon a delight samba dance. "Samba Triste" is sad, and soulful so much so that you can hear the tenor sax lightly crying in Getz's hands. In all tracks, Getz and Byrd take the listener to a point of jazz-induced highs, lows, and in-betweens only to gently pull you back and forth a few more times before slowly ending each dance so you feel complete. If you have never tasted the richness of South American influenced Jazz this is probably the best place to start. Dinner is served and with Getz/Byrd as your chefs be prepared to experience a sensuous and filling 5 course meal. Bottoms up!
Moving in Stereo - d.i.roberts...more info
- Every Bit As Worth As Getz/Gilberto
It seems sometimes this album (at least by the public) is overshadowed by the mega-popular and best selling Getz/Gilberto, but that is somewhat harsh, as this album is ever bit as worthy. In fact the two should easily be bought together, as both are essential Bossa Nova albums and the only two albums you need that belong to the genre (as far as I'm concerned). It's a bit more accessible and more upbeat, with more subtle swinging rhythms and quicker than it's companion. Those who bought the aforementioned mega album and were let down a bit by the downtempo will be happy that this album contains what they wanted.
That's not to say this album suffers from lack of gorgeousness. Right from the start, an essential love song, Desafindo, opens up the album, and the singing lines are replaced by gorgeous saxaphone playing. And while Gilberto was a vital part of that record, Charlie Bird's guitar playing blows Gilberto away. He actually plays some solos, and boy are they pretty mean! Very intricate and melodic, and he's just as good as providing a gorgeous rhythm as he is when he adds spice and flair to the songs. The aforementioned beats are played great with the backing band, and Stan Getz's saxaphone is in fine form, as usual. And unlike it's companion, there are no vocals.
Back to the songs. Each of these songs will satisfy the hunger for bossa nova rhythms. (but it's not the same rhythm for the whole length, of course!), and it's as melancholy either. The only track to be featured on later albums, Desafindo, is agruably better than the hit version, as the instrumental section is a lot different, as well as the intro. It definitely won't replace the vocalist track, but the vocalist track will never be like this one. The whole album is not very long, especially if you cut out the second cut of Desafino (why would you though), but the time suits it just fine. It's over quick, but it doesn't have any filler, thank god.
Bossa Nova, to the unitiated, may be hard to find, considering most "well known" bossa nova is the garbage you can find on one of those lame albums you can find at any gift shop in Palm Desert, California. This trascends all of the elevator muzak garbage you can find at the aforementioned gift shops. If you say you like Bossa Nova, and all you own are one of those lame noveltly albums (the kind in those gift shops that are part of those listening things with the cheap speakers that also sell native american music) or a couple of _______ albums by Thievery Corporation, I advise you pick this and Getz/Gilberto and experience the real thing.
- Nuf said
Simply the greatest Latin-Jazz album ever. Best prelude to an evening of love you'll find. I found an original vinyl years ago at a flea market, still in great shape, and bought it on a whim. Later I trashed my vinyl and saved just a few. I saved Samba. Thanks Charlie, we miss you....more info
- BACK TO THE FUTURE
MY BROTHER SENT ME THIS REORDING FROM JAPAN 34 YEARS AGO. IT IS AS GOOD TODAY AS IT WAS THEN. TREAT YOURSELF TO THE ORIGINAL SMOOTH JAZZ. NOTHING GOES BETTER WITH A GLASS OF WINE; A DRIVE BY THE OCEAN OR A ROARING FIRE ON A COLD WINTER NIGHT! GET IT NOW!...more info
- Gorgeously tired
Relaxed classic known for being the first full-fledged American bossa nova record is not exactly gripping, but still tightly chill enough to constitute compositional significance, with the Getz/Byrd dynamic lending to some interesting synergy. Not quite the landmark of next years Gilberto collaboration, but completely important in its own right. ...more info
- The Genuine Article
The initial love affair with that girl on the beach was over, and Americans got this opportunity to experience Brazilian Samba untouched by the later commercialization. Softer than its African antecedents, ineffably exotic to the hip-locked northerners. Edgier than Ipanema. Getz gets into "Haiku" mode big time and really delivers the goods....more info
- Great CD
Just a great CD to listen to when you want to relax and visit the places of yesteryear that are long gone but still preserved on CDs like this....more info
- Oto Maia, firstname.lastname@example.org
This is where it all started in 1962. "Jazz Samba" is in fact mostly "Jazz Bossa Nova". The new style was created in the late 50's in the night clubs of Rio's Bottles Lane and was different from samba. It had that broken, less percussive beat, used strong and simple melodies and sang in well crafted, poetic lyrics. It was also cool, and so it appealed to American jazz musicians tired of highly strung bop. Further South, composers like Jobim and singers like Gilberto were looking for new forms and listened to a lot of jazz. Bang! The fusion resulted in that marvelous, bitter-sweet music. Those who, like myself, listened to it in the 60's, will always believe it's the soundtrack of their lives......more info