Jun 09

Sviatoslav Richter Plays Haydn, Chopin, Rachmaninoff and Ravel – Live at Mosque Theatre, December 28, 1960, Part I (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 01:03:38 minutes | 1,15 GB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded: Mosque Theatre, December 28, 1960

A sturdy box set of 18 CDs in cardboard sleeves with original cover art, this 2015 Sony collection of Sviatoslav Richter’s Columbia Masterworks and RCA Victor recordings is a valuable resource for admirers of the great Russian pianist. Prevented from leaving the Soviet Union in the 1950s, despite his growing international reputation, Richter finally came to the United States in 1960 for a marathon series of concerts. These recordings were drawn from his five dynamic performances at Carnegie Hall, a recital at the Mosque Theatre in Newark, and appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Erich Leinsdorf, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Charles Münch. Also included with these landmark performances are two studio albums Richter made for RCA, and a special 1988 live recording he made with Christoph Eschenbach and the Orchestra of the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival. Because most of these recordings have only been issued as original vinyl pressings that have been unavailable for decades, this set is an essential item for collectors of Richter’s rarities. –Review by Blair Sanderson

Tracklist:

1 Applause 0:21

Joseph Haydn 1732–1809
Piano Sonata in C major Hob. XVI: 50
2 I Allegro 9:08
3 II Adagio 6:08
4 III Allegro molto 2:48

Frédéric Chopin 1810–1849
5 Scherzo No. 4 in E major op. 54 – Presto 11:23
6 Ballade No. 3 in A-flat major op. 47 – Allegretto 7:39

Sergei Rachmaninoff 1873–1943
7 Prélude in F-sharp minor op. 23/1 – Largo 4:02
8 Prélude in A major op. 32/9 2:23
9 Prélude in B minor op. 32/10 – Lento 5:22
10 Prélude in G-sharp minor op. 32/12 – Allegro 2:38

Maurice Ravel 1875–1937
11 Jeux d’eau 4:40
12 La Vallée des cloches (Miroirs No. 5) 7:11

Personnel:
Sviatoslav Richter, piano

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Jun 09

Sviatoslav Richter Plays Prokofiev, Debussy and Chopin – Live at Mosque Theatre, December 28, 1960, Part II (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 00:41:22 minutes | 778 MB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded: Mosque Theatre, December 28, 1960

Tracklist:

1 Applause 0:13

Sergei Prokofiev 1891–1953
Piano Sonata No. 6 op. 82
2 I Allegro moderato 8:45
3 II Allegretto 3:46
4 III Tempo di valzer lentissimo 6:47
5 IV Vivace 6:35
6 Applause 0:12
7 3 Pieces from Cinderella: Gavotte op. 95/2 – Allegretto 2:37
8 Vision fugitive No. 4: Animato (op. 22) 1:21

Claude Debussy 1862–1918
9 Les Collines d’Anacapri (Préludes I/5) – Très modéré 3:06

Frédéric Chopin 1810–1849
10 Étude in A-flat major op. 10/10 – Vivace assai 2:12
11 Étude in C minor op. 10/12 “Revolutionary” 2:53
12 Mazurka in C major op. 24/2 – Allegro non troppo 3:01

Personnel:
Sviatoslav Richter, piano

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Jun 09

Sviatoslav Richter Live at Carnegie Hall, October 19, 1960 – All Beethoven Program (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 01:48:31 minutes | 0,98 GB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded: Carnegie Hall, October 19, 1960

Sony Classcial celebrates the art of Sviatoslav Richter (1995-1997) – one of the 20th century’s greatest pianists – with the first-ever release of his complete Columbia Masterworks and RCA Victor live and studio recordings in an 18 CD original jacket edition, underneath Richter’s legendary five October 1960 Carnegie Hall recitals.
Richter was already a legend in his native Soviet Union when he concertized in the West for the first time in 1960. Richter’s American tour that year not only consolidated the pianist’s international reputation, but also resulted the memorable recordings gathered together in this collection.

Richter’s five October 1960 Carnegie Hall recitals showcased the breadth of his repertoire from Haydn and Beethoven to Debussy and Rachmaninoff, with one program completely devoted to Prokofiev, a composer with whom Richter worked closely. Indeed, Richter’s success inspired Arthur Rubinstein’s ten-concert Carnegie Hall marathon the following season. The series yielded nine LPs, including two that only were released in Japan. Long treasured as rare collectors’ items, they appear here for the first time on CD mastered from the original analogue tapes.

Along with the December 26th Carnegie Hall recital brought out by RCA in 2001 as Richter reDiscovered, Richter’s December 28th Newark Mosque Theater recital receives its first integral release. The pianist’s 1960 RCA studio solo and concerto sessions, too, are justly acclaimed, and feature highly distinctive accounts of Brahms’s Second Concerto, Beethoven’s First Concerto, and three Beethoven sonatas.
Two RCA discs from 1988 concerts return to the catalog, revealing the veteran pianist’s undiminished power and concentration in Brahms’ early C major Piano Sonata, selections by Liszt, Etudes from Chopin’s Op. 10, plus a new recording of the Beethoven First Concerto. As a bonus, three Schubert works released in a 1977 Aldeburgh Festival anthology make their CD debut.

A sturdy box set of 18 CDs in cardboard sleeves with original cover art, this 2015 Sony collection of Sviatoslav Richter’s Columbia Masterworks and RCA Victor recordings is a valuable resource for admirers of the great Russian pianist. Prevented from leaving the Soviet Union in the 1950s, despite his growing international reputation, Richter finally came to the United States in 1960 for a marathon series of concerts. These recordings were drawn from his five dynamic performances at Carnegie Hall, a recital at the Mosque Theatre in Newark, and appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Erich Leinsdorf, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Charles Münch. Also included with these landmark performances are two studio albums Richter made for RCA, and a special 1988 live recording he made with Christoph Eschenbach and the Orchestra of the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival. Because most of these recordings have only been issued as original vinyl pressings that have been unavailable for decades, this set is an essential item for collectors of Richter’s rarities. –Review by Blair Sanderson

Tracklist:

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)

Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major op. 2/3
1 I Allegro con brio 9:49
2 II Adagio 7:27
3 III Scherzo. Allegro – Trio 3:14
4 IV Allegro assai 4:38
Piano Sonata No. 9 in E major op. 14/1
5 I Allegro 6:21
6 II Allegretto 6:16
7 III Rondo. Allegro comodo 3:06
Piano Sonata No. 12 in A-flat major op. 26 “Funeral March”
8 I Andante con Variazioni 6:36
9 II Scherzo. Allegro molto – Trio 2:45
10 III Marcia funebre sulla morte d’un Eroe. Maestoso Andante 5:42
11 IV Allegro 2:48
Piano Sonata No. 22 in F major op. 54
12 I In tempo d’un Menuetto 5:47
13 II Allegretto – Più allegro 5:14
Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor op. 57 “Appassionata”
14 I Allegro assai – Più allegro 9:52
15 II Andante con moto – attacca 5:54
16 III Allegro, ma non troppo – Presto 7:34
Encores

Franz Schubert (1797–1828)
17 Impromptu in A-flat major D 899 – Allegretto 7:35

Robert Schumann (1810–1856)
18 Aufschwung op. 12/2 (Fantasiestücke) 3:03

Frédéric Chopin (1810–1849)
19 Étude in C major op. 10/1 – Allegro 2:16
20 Étude in C minor op. 10/12 “Revolutionary” – Allegro con fuoco 2:49

Personnel:
Sviatoslav Richter, piano

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Jun 09

Sviatoslav Richter Live at Carnegie Hall, October 23, 1960 – All Prokofiev Program (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 01:20:31 minutes | 751 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | ©  Columbia Records
Recorded: Carnegie Hall, October 23, 1960

Tracklist:
Sergei Prokofiev (1891–1953)
3 Pieces for Piano op. 59
1 No. 3 Sonatine Pastorale in C major – Moderato 5:09
2 No. 2 Paysage – Allegretto – Moderato – Allegretto 3:11
3 Pensée No. 3 op. 62/3 – Andante 6:33
Piano Sonata No. 6 op. 82
4 I Allegro moderato 8:31
5 II Allegretto 3:56
6 III Tempo di valzer lentissimo 6:50
7 IV Vivace 6:40
Piano Sonata No. 8 in B-flat major op. 84
1 I Andante dolce – Allegro moderato – Andante – Andante dolce, come prima – Allegro 16:16
2 II Andante sognando 3:50
3 III Vivace – Allegro ben marcato – Andantino – Vivace, come prima 9:38
Encore
Piano Sonata No. 8 in B-flat major op. 84
4 III Vivace – Allegro ben marcato – Andantino – Vivace, come prima 10:01

Personnel:
Sviatoslav Richter, piano

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Jun 09

Sviatoslav Richter at Carnegie Hall, New York City, December 23, 1960 – A Beethoven Recital (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:46:13 minutes | 2,13 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Sony Music
Recorded: Carnegie Hall, New York City, December 23, 1960

GREAT MOMENTS AT CARNEGIE HALL :: Ever since its opening night in May 1891 Carnegie Hall has held sway as the undisputed shrine of classical music in America. It was and remains the essential venue for all great artists. To celebrate Carnegie Hall’s 125th anniversary Sony Classical in cooperation with Carnegie Hall is proud to present an extraordinary new 43-CD box set of treasures from the RCA and Columbia archives featuring live recordings from many of the world’s greatest musicians. This unique deluxe edition contains a complete previously unreleased piano recital by Sviatoslav Richter and is accompanied by a 104-pages coffee table book which contains notes by Carnegie Hall archivist Gino Francesconi as well as many facsimile documents and photographs.

This recorded chronicle of eight decades spotlights many of the artists who enjoyed historically close ties to Carnegie Hall: Kathleen Battle, Lazar Berman, Leonard Bernstein, Jussi Björling, Jorge Bolet, Van Cliburn, Vladimir Feltsman, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Renée Fleming, Virgil Fox, Glenn Gould, Marilyn Horne, Vladimir Horowitz, Evgeny Kissin Serge Koussevitzky, James Levine, Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis, Yehudi Menuhin, Midori, Leontyne Price, Sviatoslav Richter, Mstislav Rostropovich, Arthur Rubinstein, Rudolf Serkin, Isaac Stern, Arturo Toscanini, Jennie Tourel, Ronald Turini, Shirley Verrett, Arcadi Volodos, Bruno Walter and many more.

Tracklist:
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Disc#1
Piano Sonata No. 3 in C Major, Op. 2
1 I. Allegro con brio 00:10:03
2 II. Adagio 00:08:09
3 III. Scherzo – Allegro 00:03:18
4 IV. Allegro assai 00:05:02
Piano Sonata No. 9 in E Major, Op. 14, No. 1
5 I. Allegro 00:06:45
6 II. Allegretto 00:06:37
7 III. Rondo – Allegro comodo 00:03:08
Piano Sonata No. 10 in G Major, Op. 14, No. 2
8 I. Allegro 00:05:14
9 II. Andante 00:04:21
10 III. Scherzo – Allegro assai 00:03:34

Disc#2
Piano Sonata No. 17 in D Minor, Op. 31, No. 2
1 I. Largo – Allegro 00:08:54
2 II. Adagio 00:07:15
3 III. Allegretto 00:09:57
Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57 “Appassionata”
4 I. Allegro assai 00:10:09
5 II. Andante con moto (attaca) 00:06:09
6 III. Allegro ma non troppo 00:07:38

Personnel:
Sviatoslav Richter, piano

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Jun 09

Sviatoslav Richter Plays Schumann, Chopin & Ravel – Live at Carnegie Hall, October 30, 1960 (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 01:12:53 minutes | 658 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | ©  Columbia Records
Recorded: Carnegie Hall, October 30, 1960

Tracklist:

Robert Schumann (1810–1856)

Fantasia in C major op. 17
1 I Durchaus phantastisch und leidenschaftlich vorzutragen – Im Legendenton – Tempo primo 13:54
2 II Mäßig. Durchaus energisch – Etwas langsamer – Viel bewegter 6:35
3 III Langsam getragen – Durchweg leise zu halten – Etwas bewegter 11:12

Frédéric Chopin (1810–1849)
4 Scherzo No. 4 in E major op. 54 – Presto 11:41

Maurice Ravel (1875–1937)
5 Pavane pour une infante défunte – Assez doux, mais d’une sonorité large 7:38
6 Jeux d’eau – Très doux 4:52
7 Oiseaux tristes (Miroirs No. 2) – Très lent 3:54

Alexander Scriabin (1872–1915)
8 Sonata No. 5 in F-sharp major op. 53 10:20
Encore

Sergei Rachmaninov (1873–1943)
9 Prélude in G-sharp minor op. 32/12 2:53

Personnel:
Sviatoslav Richter, piano

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Jun 08

Sonic Youth – Washing Machine (1995/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 01:08:17 minutes | 2,55 GB | Genre: Rock
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Sonic Youth’s ninth album Washing Machine is the first record to almost exclusively feature Kim on guitar rather than bass, and contains some of their lengthiest material since “Goo” and “Daydream Nation”, including the epic “The Diamond Sea” which drifts onward for an unprecedented 20 minutes, still the longest track on any SY album (excluding the SYR releases). Incidentally, “The Diamond Sea” would prove to be one of the band’s most popular songs, and it along with SY’s headlining spot on the summer Lollapalooza tour would introduce legions of new fans to their music.

After the regressive, low-key Experimental Jet Set, Trash & No Star, Sonic Youth appeared to be floundering somewhat, but Washing Machine erased any notion that the band had run out of things to say. Easily their most adventurous, challenging, and best record since Daydream Nation, the album finds Sonic Youth returning to the fearless exploration of their SST records, but the group has found a way to work that into tighter song structures. Not only are the songs more immediate than most of the material on their earlier records, the sound here is warm and open, making Washing Machine their most mature and welcoming record to date. It’s not a commercial record, nor is it a pop record, but Washing Machine encompasses everything that made Sonic Youth innovators, and shows that they can continue to grow, finding new paths inside their signature sound. ~~AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Tracklist:
1. Becuz 04:43
2. Junkie’s Promise 04:02
3. Saucer-Like 04:25
4. Washing Machine 09:33
5. Unwind 06:02
6. Little Trouble Girl 04:29
7. No Queen Blues 04:35
8. Panty Lies 04:15
9. Becuz Coda 02:49
10. Skip Tracer 03:48
11. The Diamond Sea 19:36

Personnel:
Thurston Moore – vocals, guitar, production
Kim Gordon – vocals, guitar, bass, production
Lee Ranaldo – vocals, guitar, production
Steve Shelley – drums, production
Additional:
Kim Deal – additional vocals on “Little Trouble Girl”
Lorette Velvette – additional vocals on “Little Trouble Girl”
Melissa Dunn – additional vocals on “Little Trouble Girl”

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Jun 08

Alexander Scriabin – Symphony 1 & 4 – Russian National Orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev (2015)
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Genre: Classical | Recorded: DZZ Studio 5 in Moscow, Russia in March 2014. Organ has been recorded at the St. Ludwig-Kirche in Berlin-Wilmersdorf, Germany

The Russian National Orchestra wishes to thank Ann and Gordon Getty and the Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation for their support of this recording.

In 1899, Scriabin began writing his most ambitious composition to date: the First Symphony. The work still reflects the influence of the traditional four-movement formal scheme. The first movement, in sonata form (Allegro dramatico), is followed by a slow movement (Lento), a scherzo (Vivace) and an Allegro, again in sonata form. But Scriabin also framed the symphony with an introductory movement in a slow tempo and a monumental choral finale with a text of his own composition, and it is this movement that can be said to occupy the work’s interpretational centre of gravity. The First Symphony documents a search for salvation and unification, both of which can only be found in art: “May your mighty and free spirit reign all-powerfully on earth; and humanity, lifted up by you, perform a noble deed. Come all nations of the world and let us sing praises to art!”

Le Poème de l’extase debuted in New York on 10 December 1908, after a performance in Russia had to be cancelled due to the difficulty of the score.

However, when the Russian première finally did take place, on 1 February 1909, it wound up being a true spectacle. The then young composition student, Sergei Prokofiev wrote, “Myaskovsky and I sat next to each other and consumed the Poème de l’extase with the greatest of interest, although, at different moments during the performance, we were entirely confused by the newness of the music. We had expected something surpassing the divine Poème, which we both knew well and loved. But both the harmonic and thematic material of the work, as well as its contrapuntal voice-leading, resembled nothing we had ever heard before.”
Conductor Mikhail Pletnev surpasses the extreme with his Scriabin interpretation and draws what he needs from the Russian National Orchestra – the Moscow-based ensemble he founded in 1990. This results in a near perfect performance of both works. Blessed by the orchestra’s warm, vibrant playing, this CD is a real pleasure for everyone who adores the esoteric and unorthodox work of Scriabin. It is definitely THE Symphony No. 1 and Poem of Ecstasy to own: an ideal performance with sonic audio quality to match.

Tracklist:

Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915)
Symphony No. 1 in E Major, Op. 26
1. I. Lento 07:47
2. II. Allegro dramatico 10:54
3. III. Lento 11:05
4. IV. Vivace 04:00
5. V. Allegro 07:56
6. VI. Andante 13:36
7. La Poeme de l’extase (The Poem of Ecstasy), Op. 54, “Symphony No. 4” 21:22

Personnel:
Svetlana Shilova, Soprano (track 6)
Mikhail Gubsky, Tenor (track 6)
Chamber Choir of the Moscow Conservatory (track 6)
Alexander Solovyev, Chorus Master (track 6)
Vladislav Lavrik, Trumpet (track 7)
Norbert Gembaczka, Organ
Russian National Orchestra
Conducted by Mikhail Pletnev
Alexander Bruni, Concertmaster

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Jun 08

Sibelius: Violin Concerto; Sinding: Suite – Itzhak Perlman, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Andre Previn (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz  | Time – 00:45:03 minutes | 830 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qovuz | Front Cover | © Warner Classics
Recorded: Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh, USA, 23 & 24 February 1979

Jascha Heifetz (1901–1987), whose style and repertoire exerted a decisive influence on most twentieth-century violinists, had an insatiable curiosity for discovering and rehabilitating long-forgotten works. We have Heifetz to thank for having dusted off, and made the first recordings of, Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy and Second Violin Concerto (see volumes 14 and 40), the concertos by Korngold and Conus (volume 27), and the two works featured here. He was also a key source of inspiration to the young Itzhak Perlman, who had not even turned twenty when he made his first recording of Sibelius’s Concerto in D minor (1966, RCA). Thirteen years later, he returned to the work for EMI, this time coupling it to great effect with the Suite in A minor by Christian Sinding, thereby paying tribute to a little-known composer who, alongside Grieg and Sibelius, was in fact one of the most authentic Scandinavian composers of his day.

Jean Sibelius (1865–1957) had studied the violin in his youth, and had even considered a career as a soloist. Hardly surprising, therefore, that his only concerto should have been written for his favourite instrument. He composed the first version in 1903 but, dissatisfied with the premiere (given by soloist Viktor Novácˇek under the composer’s baton), he revised it the following year, concerned that his original draft was simply too technically demanding. A second premiere was given, this time conducted by Richard Strauss in Berlin in October 1905, and it is the revised version that has been played ever since. Heifetz made the first recording in December 1934 under the baton of Leopold Stokowski, but failed to authorise its release. The following November he set down the first official recording, under Sir Thomas Beecham. The fact that a performer of Heifetz’s stature had taken up the cause of this concerto ensured its future success. Although it has not always earned unanimous enthusiasm — its finale was once memorably described as a “polonaise for polar bears” — the work has become part of the core violin repertoire, as demonstrated by the hundred or so recorded versions available.

By contrast, the number of recordings of the Suite in A minor, Op.10 by Christian Sinding (1856–1941) can more or less be counted on the fingers of one hand. After Heifetz’s first recording in 1953 (RCA), Ruggiero Ricci made the first stereo version in 1977, barely eighteen months before the performance by Perlman reissued here. A twelve-minute concerto in miniature, this work, subtitled “Suite in the old style”, is cast in three short movements. A blistering perpetuum mobile acts as introduction, yielding to a tender slow movement, which in turn gives way to a finale marked Tempo giusto which conjures up a lively Nordic atmosphere. Dated 1889 and originally published with piano accompaniment before being orchestrated, the Suite was the first of the many works for the violin (concertos, sonatas, romances and so on) that form part of Sinding’s overall production. Although he left a sizeable catalogue, taking in every genre, his work fell into total neglect, with the exception of one of his piano pieces, Frühlingsrauschen (Rustle of Spring). As wonderful as Perlman’s performance here is, it has not inspired others to follow his example —there are only a tiny number of other versions available, generally with piano rather than orchestral accompaniment, making this recording even more valuable. –Jean-Michel Molkhou

Tracklist:

Jean Sibelius (1865–1957)
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op.47
1 I Allegro moderato 16.12
2 II Adagio di molto 8.49
3 III Allegro, ma non tanto 7.29

Christian Sinding (1856–1941)
Suite in A minor, Op.10 “Suite in the Old Style” orchestral version
4 I Presto 1.43
5 II Adagio 5.41
6 III Tempo giusto 5.09

Personnel:
Itzhak Perlman, violin
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
André Previn, conductor

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Jun 08

Stan Getz, Charlie Byrd – Jazz Samba (1962/2011) 
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,82 MHz | Time – 00:33:32 minutes | 1,32 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Front Cover | © Verve Music
Recorded: Pierce Hall, All Souls Unitarian Church, Washington D.C., February 13, 1962

Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound from the original analog master tapes to vinyl and PCM. The DSD was sourced from the PCM. George listened to all of the different A/D converters he had before he chose which to use, and he felt the George Massenburg GML 20 bit A/D produced the best and most synergistic sound for the project.

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.

Partly because of its Brazilian collaborators and partly because of “The Girl From Ipanema,” Getz/Gilberto is nearly always acknowledged as the Stan Getz bossa nova LP. But Jazz Samba is just as crucial and groundbreaking; after all, it came first, and in fact was the first full-fledged bossa nova album ever recorded by American jazz musicians. And it was just as commercially successful, topping the LP charts and producing its own pop chart hit single in “Desafinado.” It was the true beginning of the bossa nova craze, and introduced several standards of the genre (including Ary Barroso’s “Bahia” and Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “Desafinado” and “Samba de Uma Nota Só” [aka “One Note Samba”]). But above all, Jazz Samba stands on its own artistic merit as a shimmering, graceful collection that’s as subtly advanced — in harmony and rhythm — as it is beautiful. Getz and his co-billed partner, guitarist Charlie Byrd — who was actually responsible for bringing bossa nova records to the U.S. and introducing Getz to the style — have the perfect touch for bossa nova’s delicate, airy texture. For his part, Byrd was one of the first American musicians to master bossa nova’s difficult, bubbling syncopations, and his solos are light and lilting. Meanwhile, Getz’s playing is superb, simultaneously offering a warm, full tone and a cool control of dynamics; plus, Byrd’s gently off-kilter harmonies seem to stimulate Getz’s melodic inventiveness even more than usual. But beyond technique, Getz intuitively understands the romanticism and the undercurrent of melancholy inherent in the music, and that’s what really made Jazz Samba such a revelatory classic. Absolutely essential for any jazz collection. ~~ AllMusic Review by Steve Huey

Tracklist:
1 Desafinado 5:53
2 Samba Dees Days 3:36
3 O Pato 2:34
4 Samba Triste 4:48
5 Samba De Uma Nota Só 6:13
6 E Luxo Só 3:43
7 Bahia (aka ‘Baia’) 6:40

Personnel:
Stan Getz, tenor sax
Charlie Byrd, guitar
Keter Betts, bass
Buddy Deppenschmidt, drums
Gene Byrd, guitar, bass
Bill Reichenbach Sr., percussion

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