Jazz Samba

Verve Records ‎

In the spring of 1961 the US. Government was instrumental in changing the face of modern jazz. It was when guitarist Charlie Byrd was sent on a diplomatic tour of South America; the US State Department’s idea that exporting culture was a positive political tool. In this case, however, it was more a case of what Byrd was about to import to America: Jazz Samba.

Upon his return, Byrd met Stan Getz at the Showboat Lounge in Washington DC and later, at his home, played him some bossa nova records by João Gilberto and Antonio Carlos Jobim that he had bought in Brazil. The next step was to convince Creed Taylor who had taken over the running of Verve Records from Norman Granz that making a Latin influenced record was a good idea. Taylor anxious to make his mark saw merit in the idea and in October 1961 Getz and Byrd did some initial jazz samba recordings, but these remained unissued.

Samba Dees Jays
O Pato
Samba Triste
Samba De Uma Nota So
E Luxo So