Jazz Samba is a bossa nova album by Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd released by Verve Records in 1962.[6] Jazz Samba 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 during a tour of Brazil in 1961.

Jazz Samba
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 20, 1962 (April 20, 1962)
RecordedFebruary 13, 1962
StudioPierce Hall, All Souls Unitarian Church, Washington, D.C.
GenreBossa nova, samba-jazz
ProducerCreed Taylor
Stan Getz chronology
Recorded Fall 1961
Jazz Samba
Big Band Bossa Nova
Charlie Byrd chronology
Blues Sonata
Jazz Samba
Latin Impressions
Professional ratings
Review scores
Down Beat[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide[3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music[4]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings[5]

Getz and Byrd were accompanied by two bassists: Keter Betts and Joe Byrd, Charlie Byrd's brother who also played guitar. They were joined by two drummers: Buddy Deppenschmidt and Bill Reichenbach. The album was recorded at All Souls Unitarian Church in Washington, D.C., on February 13, 1962 and released in April of that year.[7]

Two songs, "Desafinado" (Off Key or Out of Tune) and "Samba de Uma Nota Só" (One Note Samba) were composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim and were released as singles in the U.S. and Europe. Charlie Byrd wrote one song, "Samba Dees Days", while the rest were by Brazilian composers.[8]

Stan Getz won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Performance of 1963 for "Desafinado",[9] and went on to make many other bossa nova recordings, notably with João Gilberto and Astrud Gilberto and the popular song "The Girl from Ipanema". "Desafinado" was also nominated for the Grammy Award for Record of the Year, while Jazz Samba was nominated for the Grammy Award for Album of the Year.[10]

Robert Dimery included Jazz Samba in his book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[11] The painting on the cover is by Olga Albizu.

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" (Antônio Carlos Jobim, Newton Mendonça) 45 rpm issue – 2:00

Personnel edit

Chart positions edit

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

References edit

  1. ^ Down Beat:June 21, 1962 Vol. 29, No.13
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. U.S.: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 82. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0195313734.
  5. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 545. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
  6. ^ Billboard May 5, 1962
  7. ^ Liner notes to Verve CD 314 521 413-2
  8. ^ "Desafinado / Samba de Uma Nota Só" at Discogs
  9. ^ Abjorensen, Norman (2017). Historical Dictionary of Popular Music. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 200.
  10. ^ "5th-annual-grammy-awards". www.grammy.com. Retrieved 2022-09-06.
  11. ^ ^ 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.

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