Plays Jobim

Plays Jobim

by Charlie ByrdCharlie Byrd


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When guitarist Charlie Byrd scored big on Stan Getz's Jazz Samba in 1962, he found a niche that served him well for the next 35 years. Byrd, however, no more invented bossa nova than Getz. Instead, both men proved masterful interpreters of a music defined by composers like Antonio Carlos Jobim. Plays Jobim represents a marriage of style and vision, of deep writing and sensitive interpretation. A dozen songs are drawn from five Concord albums, and even casual bossa nova fans will recognize Jobim classics like "Desfinado" and "The Girl From Ipanema." The recordings are performed in multiple settings, ranging from the nonet of "So Danco Samba" to the septet on "Favela" to the quartets of "Corcovado" and "Meditation." The smaller settings work best because Byrd has more room to stretch out and his acoustic guitar is never in danger of being drowned out by the other players. The larger settings, accompanied by clarinet and harmonica, also border closer to contemporary jazz than samba. Upbeat cuts like "Agua de Beber" and slow, romantic pieces like "If You Never Come to Me" are more successful, providing intimate settings for Byrd to work his magic. Chuck Redd's vibraphone also proves complimentary to the spirit and tone of Byrd's acoustic guitar on these cuts. Overall, Plays Jobim is a relaxed set, perfect for the early evening. Fans of Bryd and Jobim will enjoy revisiting these fine compositions.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/22/2002
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0013431213529
catalogNumber: 2135
Rank: 91230

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charlie Byrd   Primary Artist,Guitar
Bill Douglas   Bass
Allen Farnham   Piano
Scott Hamilton   Tenor Saxophone
Hendrik Meurkens   Harmonica
Ken Peplowski   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Bud Shank   Alto Saxophone
Dennis Irwin   Bass
Joe Byrd   Bass
Duduka Da Fonseca   Drums
Romero Lubambo   Guitar
Nilson Matta   Bass
Chuck Redd   Drums,Vibes
Michael Spiro   Percussion
Maucha Adnet   Vocals

Technical Credits

Chico Buarque   Composer
John Burk   Executive Producer
Glen Barros   Executive Producer

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