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Brazilian Byrd: Music of Antonio Carlos Jobim

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Charlie Byrd graciously shares the spotlight with composer Antonio Carlos Jobim and Arranger Tom Newsom to create Brazilian Byrd. These recordings contain wonderful Brazilian arrangements and Charlie Byrd's unamplified guitar is perfect for the flow of th

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Byrd devoted this album to the compositions of Antonio Carlos Jobim in 1965, at the crest of the bossa nova wave. Byrd had been among the first American musicians, along with Jim Hall and Kenny Dorham, to encounter the Brazilian beat, and there's a sure grasp of the idiom, particularly well suited to his classical guitar. Along with Jobim's best-known compositions like "Girl from Ipanema" and "Corcovado," Byrd plays rarer, contemporaneous treasures like the beautiful "O Amor Em Paz" and "As Praias Desertas," unfolding their melodies with loving care and subtle embellishment. The string and big band settings are tasteful and unobtrusive, a pleasant backdrop for the essential dialogue between Byrd's guitar and Jobim's songs. --Stuart Broomer
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 22, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: 1961
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia/Legacy
  • ASIN: B0000028S2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #394,034 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Brazilian Byrd is one of those rare musical experiences that can transport your mood if you allow your imagination to let go and fly. I have owned this piece of music in album and in cd for many years. Recently I lost the Brazilian Byrd cd,so here I go again buying it. To me Brazilian Byrd is an essential piece of music.If you want to hear another cd just as good check out Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd on the classic Jazz Samba. Kevin 12,98
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I believe that this CD can be considered a chamber-suite for acoustic jazz guitar and small orchestra; and that as such, it is a masterpiece! It's so perfectly performed, arranged and recorded; one gets the feeling that Jobim wrote these pieces specifically for this recording. I guess I wouldn't be letting the cat out of the bag if I said that this is my all-time favorite!
There are actually three important musical aspects of this disc to be considered: Charlie Byrd's consummate performance; Antonio Carlos Jobim's compositional genius; and Tommy Newsom's wonderful arrangements. It would be unfair not to mention Teo Macero's production expertise as well as the technically astute recording itself; however space prohibits elaboration.
Charlie Byrd was undoubtedly a multi-talented musician; and one of his primary talents was his ability to impart the true feeling of a composition - and what un-plumbed depths of feeling are provided for him by Jobim's compositions! Even in less talented hands, Jobim's magnificent melodies and haunting harmonies artfully express Brazilian life - both joyous and sanguine; on this disc we have the perfect collaboration of a master guitarist. Byrd's lush use of the full, expressive timbre of the acoustic guitar gives us the ultimate interpretation of this music.
What can be said about Jobim's genius? And I, like many others, do consider him a true musical genius. People can learn harmony; they can be taught to arrange, write scores, and they can study rhythmic variations. But melody is a gift. Antonio Carlos Jobim had the gift --- and he did the studying as well!
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This is an excellent album and I'm glad to see that is available in CD now, Charlie is an extraordinary guitarist and his rendition to Tom Jobim's songs is nothing but fantastic, it's one of those albums that you can enjoy by yourself at home or you can play as a background at your party or reunion and enjoy as well; if you like Brazilian-Jazz or Bossa Nova flavored music, this is a must-have for your collection; don't wait another minute and purchase it immediately.
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This is one of my favorite albums/CDs of all time. Charlie Byrd introduced me to the world of Brazilian samba music in the 1960's. It is enchanting, soothing, sensuous music that has a lilting quality to it--goes well with champagne and candle-lit dinners. I only wish there were more. If you like this also get the Stan Getz/Byrd/Joabim album. Absolutely sensational. These songs sung in the original Portugues are wonderfully romantic pieces that are the perfect set piece for an evening of romance.
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Brazilian Byrd along with The Bossa Nova Years are my two favorite Byrd CDs. Based on compositions by Antonio Carlos Jobim, this is a lyrical and ethereal performance by a talented and versatile guitarist. With Byrd's guitar at the helm and a ravishing orchestra as accompaniment, Jobim's melodies sing and float. The samba is light and melancholic, yet deeply moving.
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Beautiful, inspiring music as only Charlie Byrd can bring to us. Lilting, unusual, unique music. This Brazilian jazz mostly came out of the seventies. It is romantic, seductive, enticing and uplifting, not the awful music they play now. I want to hear the classic American Songs such as the American Song Book Series sung by Rod Stuart.
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Byrd's gentle, precise acoustic picking, miraculously, isn't overpowered by the lush, full-orchestra arrangements. The best-known melody (Girl from Ipanema) is the least interesting. Original take of Engano still the best, but a previously unreleased one is included. A bit poppy; call it chicken soup for jazz fans.
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Guess I do not agree with the other reviewers. While I enjoy Antonio Carlos Jobim's songs and like Byrd's guitar playing, I did not like the orchestral arrangements. Not a very well recorded CD, and a very out-dated sound that I didn't enjoy.
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