1001 Albums You Must Hear (and Blog about) Before You Die

My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die

966. Jazz Samba – Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd

Brief Background: Jazz Samba was recorded in an Unitarian church in Washington D.C. on February 13, 1962 an released in April of that year. The album is credited with popularizing bossa-nova in the U.S. during the mid 1960’s.

What I liked:  I can’t say I really liked a lot of this album, but I didn’t hate it as much as I thought I might. It would actually be pretty decent background music (is that ever really a compliment?). On the positive side Charlie Byrd’s sort of rock n’ roll style guitar playing is pretty cool when mixed with the jazz instruments.

What I Didn’t Like:  I’m really not a fan of the tenor saxophone (which Stan Getz plays). On Samba Triste it’s really bad and makes the slow jam of the song sound like true baby making music (which I suppose is really the intention).

 My Overall Thoughts: When that guitar would kick in I would think, “hey this is alright” but in the end this is not really my thing and not something I would purposefully listen to again.

Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I’m really not familiar with this bossa-nova craze the album inspired, but if Wikipedia tells me it is true I believe it and in the end, the album stands up enough on its own to be included.

Rating (Out of 5): 3

Amazon Review (Out of 5):4.5

Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (30/36)

Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 83%


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