A certain measure of scepticism is generally advisable whenever one hears a record being hailed as a “milestone in music history”. But with the present album, Jazz Samba, an exception should – indeed must – be made. This recording by the tenor saxophonist Stan Getz and the guitarist Charlie Byrd with his classical leanings not only rocketed straight to the very top of the American charts but also triggered off the craze for “bossa-nova” jazz.
The fascination of this musical style lies primarily in its amalgamation of Latin America’s hot-blooded folk music with the “cool” jazz of the late Fifties.
This album contains a wealth of pieces, each one full of pulsating rhythm, and opens with the smash hit Desafinado which, once heard, is never to be forgotten. But the other numbers too, from the dashing O pato to the melancholy and Spanish “Samba triste”, have long become classics.
The recording engineers have taken care to capture the remarkable brilliance of these hits and it only remains to be said that this disc guarantees the very best sound quality and is an invaluable addition to the repertoire.