Jazz Samba

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Jazz Samba
Stan Getz Charlie Byrd-Jazz Samba (album cover).jpg
Studio album by Stan Getz/Charlie Byrd
Released Late April 1962[1]
Recorded February 13, 1962
Pierce Hall, All Souls Unitarian Church, Washington, D.C.
Genre Jazz, bossa nova
Length 33:12 (original album)
Label MGM/Verve
V6-8432
Producer Creed Taylor
Stan Getz chronology
Stan Getz and Bob Brookmeyer
(1961)
Jazz Samba
(1962)
Big Band Bossa Nova
(1962)
Charlie Byrd chronology
Blues Sonata
(1961)
Jazz Samba
(1962)
Latin Impressions
(1962)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Down Beat 4.5/5 stars[2]
Allmusic 5/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 4/5 stars[4]

Jazz Samba is a bossa nova album by Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd, released on the Verve label in late April 1962.

Jazz Samba was the first major bossa-nova album on the American jazz scene. Its release signaled the beginning of the bossa-nova craze in America. Stan Getz was the featured soloist and the tracks were arranged by Charlie Byrd, who had first heard Bossa Nova music during a 1961 tour of Brazil.

Getz and Byrd were accompanied by two bassistsKeter Betts and Charlie's brother, Gene (Joe) Byrd, who also doubled on second guitar, and two drummersBuddy Deppenschmidt and Bill Reichenbach. The album was recorded at All Souls Unitarian Church in Washington, D.C. on February 13, 1962 and was released in April of that year, as Verve LP V6-8432.[5]

Two of the seven tracks were composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim — "Desafinado" (Out of Tune) and "Samba de Uma Nota Só" (One Note Samba) — the rest being by other Brazilian composers with one by Charlie Byrd. The two tracks composed by Jobim were released in Europe and the US as singles.[6] 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".

The album was included in Robert Dimery's 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[7]

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Desafinado" (Antônio Carlos Jobim, Newton Mendonça) — 5:51
  2. "Samba Dees Days" (Charlie Byrd) — 3:34
  3. "O Pato" (Jayme Silva, Neuza Teixeira) — 2:31
  4. "Samba Triste" (Baden Powell, Billy Blanco) — 4:47

Side two[edit]

  1. "Samba de Uma Nota Só" (Antônio Carlos Jobim, Newton Mendonça) — 6:11
  2. "É Luxo Só" (Ary Barroso) — 3:40
  3. "Bahia" (aka 'Baia') (Ary Barroso) — 6:38

Bonus track on CD reissue[edit]

  1. "Desafinado" 45 rpm issue — 2:00

Personnel[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Billboard May 5, 1962
  2. ^ Down Beat:June 21, 1962 Vol. 29, No.13
  3. ^ Allmusic review
  4. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 82. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 
  5. ^ Liner notes to Verve CD 314 521 413-2
  6. ^ "Desafinado / Samba de Uma Nota Só" at Discogs
  7. ^ ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (23 March 2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2.
Preceded by
The First Family
by Vaughn Meader
Billboard 200 number-one album (stereo)
March 9, 1963 - March 15, 1963
Succeeded by
Songs I Sing on the Jackie Gleason Show
by Frank Fontaine