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“Samba Triste” by Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd

My love affair with Bossa Nova began with “Samba Triste”.  The original version of this song was composed by Baden Powell, one of Brazil’s great guitarists.  Unfortunately it’s really hard to find originals of Baden’s recordings…trust me I tried.

Renditions of older music often fail to capture the essence of the original.  That being said, Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd, two legends in their own right, offer a performance that Powell would, without a doubt be proud of. 

The original Samba triste is driven by an acoustic guitar and vocals.  Getz and Byrd took a different route by incorporating drums and off course Getz’ saxophone to replace Baden’s vocals.  The brushes (drums) add another dimension to the song by providing that Samba swing.  Getz on the saxophone is the highlight of this performance.  His delivery just wraps the song in silk… Smooth doesn’t describe it.

Samba triste is one of those great “escape” songs.  We all go through moments which makes us wish we were “elsewhere”.  Next time you feel like that, just throw on some headphones and play this.

Special thanks to Mr Jean Louis for putting me on this one.

Title: Samba Triste

Artists: Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd

Album: Jazz Samba


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