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Friday, 27 August 2010

Stan Getz / Charlie Byrd Quintet - Jazz Samba

(Verve (USA) Monaural LP V-8432, recorded 1962)

Stan Getz in the album that started his ascendancy to the pinnacle of jazz's version of super-stardom. He once quipped, "Desafinado" put my kids through college". It's easy to hear what hooked the norteamerican populace on this music. The circularity of the "who influenced who" re: Brazilian musicians absorbing some of jazz and bebop's alluring qualities and connecting with thinking jazzmen everywhere. Charming melodies, understatement, jazz sensibility, the Getz 'sound' blended with the thoroughly assimilated Charlie Byrd nylon guitar 'sound'. What complete songs! Jobim's "Desafinado" and "Samba De Uma Nota So", a Charlie Byrd original called "Samba Dees Days", Baden Powell's "Samba Triste", other exemplary Brazilian material (my favourite being Ary Barroso's "Baia).

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