Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd – Jazz Samba (1962) (Verve SVLP 9013)

Probably the album that really kick started the 60s American fascination with musics Brasilia, Stan Getz makes his third Thrifty Vinyl appearance with the original 1962 UK stereo issue of the mellow instrumental Jazz Samba Lp, which sashays through some highlights of the Samba and Bossa Nova songbooks (Jobim’s “Desafinado”, “Samba Triste” by Baden Powel [no, not that one], a pair by Ary Barroso) in understated, smokey fashion.

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Stan Getz – Getz (Prestige PR 24019)

I was chuffed to find this tasty Prestige twofer of sweetness by West Coast Cool Jazz tenor saxophonist Stan Getz.  Probably best remembered these days for the thoroughly excellent collaborations with Joao Gilberto, this late 40s/early 50s compilation from 1972 represents Getz as a transitional figure, harkening to Big Band harmonies and melody but in a small band context with a (for then) modern, beath-y elegance a la Paul Desmond.  It sounds like what most people would recognise as “jazz music”.  A welcome addition to the library.

I also found an odd political/soft porn comic book originally published in the Guardian in the late 60s/early 70s, (explained here ), which may be of interest to those comic fetishist among you.

Published in: on March 28, 2010 at 7:20 pm  Comments (1)  

Getz Au Go Go

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One of my colleagues featured a Stan Getz record quite recently, and here’s another one. The original Verve album was released in 1964, but this must be a repress (hence the Our Price sticker) that faithfully reproduces the original artwork and gatefold sleeve.

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Recorded live at Cafe Au Go Go (the legendary Greenwich Village jazz coffehouse) this album is…unbelievably great. As Gene Lees states in the sleeve notes “…the audience was electrified. There was something about the sound which was so sure, so complete – it was as if four men had been molded into one unbelievable musical unit.”

I usually prefer my latin grooves instrumental, but actually Astrud Gilberto’s vocals are just perfect on this.

Published in: on May 11, 2010 at 7:57 am  Comments (2)  
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Sergio Mendes & Brazil ’66 – Greatest Hits (AMLS 985) (1970)

More like the Fifth Dimension than the cross-over jazz of Stan Getz, let alone the urgent Bossa Jazz of the Tamba Trio, this is the fun-sized Brazilian pianist/bandleader Mendes in full-on American E-Z Listening mode. A couple Bacharach/Davids, three Lennon/McCartneys, plus the inevitable “Mas Que Nada”, Brazil ’66 constructs syncopated sixties Sunshine Pop which verges on the unctuous if you’re in the wrong mood or a fan of anything heavier than, say, the Carpenters.

Mmm…unifold cover.

Published in: on March 8, 2012 at 2:36 pm  Comments (1)