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 DC
Genre Jazz, bossa nova
Length 33:12 (original album)
Label MGM/Verve
Producer Creed Taylor
Stan Getz chronology
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Big Band Bossa Nova
Charlie Byrd chronology
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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. 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 guitarist Charlie 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 that year, as Verve LP V6-8432.

Although it is often described as music by Brazilian composer Antônio 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).[5] 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[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. "Baia"[6] (Ary Barroso) — 6:38

Bonus track on CD reissue[edit]

  1. "Desafinado" 45 rpm issue — 2:00


Chart positions[edit]

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


  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. ^ "Desafinado / Samba de Uma Nota Só" at Discogs
  6. ^ CD reissue title is "Bahia (aka 'Baia')"
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