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Charlie Byrd was first introduced to Brazilian music in the late 1950’s by radio host Felix Grant. In 1961 Byrd participated on a diplomatic tour of South America for the United States State Department,On his retirn to the States, Byrd was working with Stan Getz, whom he introduced to bossa nova recordings by João Gilberto and Antonio Carlos Jobim that he had acquired on his trip. The result of their shared enthusiasm was 1962’s Jazz Samba LP.
Byrd remained a devoted champion of Brazilian music for the rest of his career. The tracks on this LP of Jobim compositions were recorded at various sessions between 1982 and 1999.

Personnel: Charlie Byrd (guitar); Maucha Adnet (vocals); Romero Lubambo (guitar); Hendrik Meurkens (harmonica); Ken Peplowski (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Bud Shank (alto saxophone); Scott Hamilton (tenor saxophone); Allen Farnham (piano); Chuck Redd (vibraphone, drums); Duduka Da Fonseca (drums); Michael Spiro (percussion).

Now this is seriously cool!
Released on the Verve label in 1962, Jazz Samba was the first major bossa-nova album on the American jazz scene. It is possibly the biggest selling jazz LP ever.
Recorded at All Souls Unitarian Church, Washington, DC on 13 February 1962:
Bass-Keter Betts, Gene (Joe) Byrd
Drums- Buddy Deppenschmidt, Bill Reichenbach
Tenor sax-Stan Getz
Guitar- Charlie Byrd
Featured composers: Antonio Carlos Jobim, Newton Mendonça, Charlie Byrd Jayme Silva, Neuza Teixeira,Baden Powell, Billy Blanco, Ary Barroso.

The track Desafinado won Getz the Grammy for Best Jazz Performance of 1963, and the 7” 45 rpm issue is here also.


Charlie Byrd (1925-1999) was a classically trained guitarist who studied under the great Segovia. He also had, from an early age, an interest in blues and jazz, especially Django Reinhardt, with whom he played in the 1940’s. Byrd, who was from Virginia, did a great deal to popularize Brazilian music in the USA through his 1963 hit album with Stan Getz Jazz Samba. In 1999 the Brazilian government made him a Knight of the Rio Branco. Brazilian Byrd(1965) is Charlie’s take on the music of Jobim.