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