• Byrd recruited saxophonist Stan Getz to record. Getz was an influential tenor player who had played with Kenton, Goodman, and Woody Herman’s “Four Brothers” band.
Latin Jazz (cont’d) Charlie Byrd (1925–1999) and Stan Getz (1927–1991) (cont’d) • Getz’s “Early Autumn” solo made him a star but his problems with drugs forced him to leave the United States for Europe. Upon his return in 1961 he worked with Eddie Sauter. He had also worked with Machito earlier, and he loved the records from Brazil that Byrd had brought him. • Getz joining Byrd got American labels interested in the music. They released the album Jazz Samba in 1962 and an edited version of Desifinado featuring Getz from that album became a number one hit. Other jazzers jumped on the bandwagon. • In 1963 Getz recorded Getz/Gilberto with the Brazilian originators of the music. Gilberto’s wife, Astrud, who had never sung professionally before, sang the worldwide hit “Girl From Ipanema” at Getz’s request.
Latin Jazz (cont’d) “Samba Dees Days” • An original by Byrd for the Jazz Samba album that captures both the rhythmic and wistful elements of bossa nova. He uses a typical Jobim device in the bridge: the repetition of one note (e.g., Jobim’s “One Note Samba”). • Getz is the star here, illustrated by his varied phrasing, single- note repetition, climactic melodic phrases, fluidity, overarching control of the form, tender but forceful timbre, and melodic inventiveness.
Latin Jazz (cont’d) Bossa Nova at Fifty • Bossa nova remained popular even as it waned as jazz-fusion music. Sergio Mendes was a Horace Silver–influenced Latin player who only became famous after he jettisoned the jazz content. • The year 2008 saw the fiftieth anniversary of bossa nova. Various performances and scholarly activities took place in Brazil to celebrate it. Modern bossa nova mixes with rock and classical music. Young singers like Marisa Monte, a leading singer of Música Popular Brasileira (MPB, or Brazilian Popular Music), draws on bossa nova in the context of rock and soul. • At the same time, performers such as Rosa Passos kept the traditions by singing the music of Jobim and others. Since a return to performing in 1996, she has toured the world, at times with classical cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
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