969: Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd – Jazz Samba (1962)

The musicianship on this record is outstanding. The you upbeat tempo and generally happy keys on each song beg you to stand up and do your best South American dance moves.

I don’t know how exactly you define Samba but here it’s conveyed to us via brushed drums, classical guitar (Byrd) fretless fingered bass and swinging sax (Getz). The surprising part is samba was just a style Byrd had heard on a trip and convinced his buddies was awesome upon returning from Brazil which means everyone on the record really had only heard of the samba style second hand via Byrd’s trip.

Bottom Line: This album is jazzy with an amazing Brazilian flair that really makes you want to get out of your seat and move.

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