I hadn't listened to this one that I can recall, which is kind of strange, considering the record was one of the seminal recordings in Jazz, introducing Brazilian music to the American audience. I was more familiar with the Getz/Gilberto recording, of similar ilk and had played Desafinado and One Note Samba before. But I saw this at the library recently and checked it out - Jazz Samba - with Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd. I've been listening to it on my commute the last couple of days and it's so smooth that you almost, and I repeat, almost, are unaware of the immense talent and precision in the music. It just sounds easy.
The track that really made me turn my head was Bahia. Maybe it was the 2 basses cranking out the rhythm, then moving to a bow for the Getz solo at the beginning. Once they get going, it's pretty wide open, leaving lots of room for the soloists to ramble over the bass ostinato.
Bonus tip: Duke Ellington and Ray Brown - This One's for Blanton. Also found at the library - when I first heard it on the headphones, I felt like I was in the room, the piano was so alive. Good chance to hear Duke's piano playing.
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