The words bossa nova are often synonymous with the name Stan Getz. But North Americans might not have ever known the bright sound of bossa nova had it not been for Charlie Byrd. In 1961 Byrd returned from a tour of South America where bossa nova music was thriving. The style was the invention of singer Joao Gilberto and songwriter Antonio Carlos Jobim-an adaptation of infectious Brazilian samba rhythms with the harmonic structures and cool surface of West Coast jazz. Byrd brought back records for Getz to hear they planned a session and the result was Jazz Samba-the first album of true bossa nova music by jazz artists and the one that broke the bossa nova wave in 1960s America. Stan Getz tenor saxophone Charlie Byrd guitar Keter Betts bass Gene Byrd bass guitar Buddy Deppenschmidt drums Antonio Carlos Jobim guitar Bill Reichenbach drums.
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