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Jazz Samba [Original recording reissued]

Charlie Byrd, Stan Getz, Stan Getz Charlie ByrdAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)

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listen  2. Samba Dees DaysStan Getz 3:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. O PatoStan Getz 2:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Samba TristeStan Getz 4:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Samba De Uma Nota SoStan Getz 6:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
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  • Audio CD (May 20, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B0000047CW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,604 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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

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91 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection November 7, 2001
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
How do you critique the album that started an era? Forty years later, Jazz Samba is still one of the most relaxing, rhythmically pleasing albums made. All instrumental, with the tenor sax of Stan Getz (the guy John Coltrane professed to admire!) and inspired guitar of Charlie Byrd. The entire album was recorded in one session in the performance hall of a Washington, D.C., church, and it puts legions of studio albums to shame.
While Desafinado and Bahia are the best known tracks, the album is a seamless experience and it is difficult to single out certain songs as superior. If Getz is one of the masters of the tenor saxophone, it is also hard to separate his proficiency from the effort as a whole -- it truly comes across as a tight ensemble effort. (For a contrast, Duke Ellington's masterful and equally essential Money Jungle released the same year finds the trio of Ellington, Mingus and Max Roach locked in a musical duel on a couple of tracks.)
Favorites? I enjoy Samba de Uma Nota So, but every time I reach for Jazz Samba I alway listen to the entire album. At least once. This and Getz/Gilberto belong in every jazz collection.
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stan and Charlie record first Bossa Nova hit. July 15, 1998
Format:Audio CD
"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

2006 update
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.
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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The soundtrack to my dreams. July 11, 2001
Format:Audio CD
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...
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful & breezy August 16, 2002
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Format:Audio CD
This is the album that kicked off the bossa nova craze in the US over 40 years ago. In the hands of lesser musicians this style could degenerate into lightweight cocktail music, but not here. Stan Getz's feathery, soft saxophone playing weaves beautiful melodies over the swaying, dancing Brazilian rhythms. Charlie Byrd's is terrific on the acoustic guitar and the tunes will get stuck in your head after 3 spins or less. The only possible complaint is the short playing time -- a mere 35 minutes.
This recording isn't as well-known as Getz/Gilberto but is just as essential. If you like Getz's playing, be sure to get some of his other, non-bossa-nova recordings as well. (One more caveat: those looking for more vocals by Astrud or Joao Gilberto will be disappointed -- this CD is entirely instrumental.)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True jazz masterpiece. March 26, 2005
Format:Audio CD
See John Warshawsky's review above, he obviously knows what he's talking about. This is one of those essential albums for any jazz collection. First off, it's a masterful album, every song fits, and in order, this is the way albums used to be constructed before the day and age of progammable CDs. I find a lot of people my age know the old records were better than new CDs, but aren't sure why, well that's a big reason, the attention they used to pay to the order and mix of songs on an LP, and it doesn't get any better than this one. Second, this is an historic album in that it introduced the Brazilian bossa nova-samba, faster than 120-beats-per-second sound, to North America, and Europe (and Japan) and from there (or then) it became a jazz staple genre. This was the era that saw the end of WWII big band music give way to "cool" small combo jazz, and Brazilian samba became the "other" Latin style jazz (in addition to the "hot" Afro-Cuban jazz coming out of Bebop). So the third reason this CD is a jazz classic is that it represents jazz greats Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd at their best. If you're new to jazz, try this out. If you're a fan of Brazilian music, see what Americans did with it. If you're a smooth jazz fan, try out some of this real jazz, you may never go back to the elevator music. If you want to set a "cool" mood for a party, a coffee shop, a restaurant, or your office, slip this into your working collection. If you're a saxophone or guitar musician or music student you really must own this CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very nice
Published 5 days ago by 19thol
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Bossa Nova
Short in duration but a knockout.
Published 9 days ago by Peter Martz
4.0 out of 5 stars I really love this CD
I really love this CD. I used to take it out of the Library in Catonsville Md. years ago and now that I own it Charlie Byrd and Stan Getz are on frequently at my house.
Published 21 days ago by Paul Lojewski
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I've looked for this for years and I'm soooo happy.
Published 1 month ago by nikki lorel
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
fits in very well with my musical likes.
Published 1 month ago by Don Wilson
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Terrific music
Published 3 months ago by Pat florestano
5.0 out of 5 stars An Ageless Classic
Getz did not like this album because he felt that it should have been more authentic i.e. use more Brazilian artists. Read more
Published 4 months ago by M. Anders
5.0 out of 5 stars Lindo maravilhoso!
I can feel the Brazilian sun and smell the sea all while slaving away at my computer. Chair dance samba!
Published 4 months ago by quarkchaos
5.0 out of 5 stars I am a fan!
When I heard the Bossa Nova for the first time in 1961 in my country at my office's annual party, the following words came to my mind: "Who created this beautiful rhythm, so... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Orquidea
5.0 out of 5 stars Total relaxation
A wonderful smooth velvet relaxing sound . My desert island disc !
It has the wonderful feel if a bygone era .
Published 4 months ago by Mary Dungan
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