0033. Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd – Jazz Samba [1962]


Well… do you know about and/or enjoy the song, “Girl/Boy From Ipanema?”  Then you’ll most likely dig this album.  I liked it, but to put it on outside this project, I’d probably need to be in the right mellow mood.  I really prefer more somber jazz.  Stuff with a lot of smooth saxophone and/or piano.  Anyway, hope someone out there enjoys this like I did.

Wikipedia Says:

Jazz Samba is a bossa novaLP by Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd, released on the Vervelabel on April 20, 1962.

Jazz Samba was the first major bossa-nova album on theAmerican jazz scene. It was the real start of the bossa-nova excitement in America, which peaked in the mid-1960s. Though Stan Getz was the featured star of the album, it was very strongly inspired and designed by the guitaristCharlie Byrd. They were joined by two alternating bassistsKeter Betts and Charlie’s brother, Gene (Joe) Byrd— and two drummersBuddy Deppenschmidt and Bill Reichenbach— for the recording at All Souls Church, Unitarian in Washington, D.C.on February 13, 1962, and it was released on April 20, that year as Verve LP V6-8432.

Although it is often described as music by Brazilian composerAntônio Carlos Jobim, only two of the seven tracks on the album are Jobim compositions —”Desafinado” (Slightly Out of Tune) and “Samba de Uma Nota Só” (One Note Samba)— the rest being by other Brazilian composers and by Charlie Byrd. The two tracks composed by Jobim were released in Europe and the US as single (most commonly with “Desafinado” on the A-side).[2] Getz won the Grammy for Best Jazz Performance of 1963 for the track “Desafinado”, and went on to make many other bossa nova recordings, most notably with João Gilberto and Astrud Gilberto, and most famously “The Girl from Ipanema“.

Track listing

Side one

  1. Desafinado(Antônio Carlos Jobim, Newton Mendonça) — 5:52
  2. “Samba Dees Days” (Charlie Byrd) — 3:35
  3. “O Pato” (Jayme Silva, Neuza Teixeira) — 2:34
  4. “Samba Triste” (Baden Powell, Billy Blanco) — 4:44

Side two

  1. Samba de Uma Nota Só(Antônio Carlos Jobim, Newton Mendonça) — 6:12
  2. “É Luxo Só” (Ary Barroso) — 3:43
  3. “Baia”[3] (Ary Barroso) — 6:49

Bonus track on CD reissue

  1. “Desafinado” 45 rpm issue — 2:00


Chart positions

Year Chart Position
1963 Billboard Pop Albums (Billboard 200) (mono) 1

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