Herbie Mann: One Note Samba


One Note Samba (aka Samba de Uma Nota So)


Herbie Mann (flute), João Gilberto (guitar), and Antonio Carlos Jobim (piano, vocal)


Herbie Mann and Joao Gilberto with Antonio Carlos Jobim (Atlantic 8105)

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Herbie Mann (flute), João Gilberto (guitar), Antonio Carlos Jobim (piano, vocal),

Uncredited bass, drums and strings


Composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim


Recorded: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1964


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

Aside from the cleverness of a tune built upon a single note, this song is notable as one of the few for which Jobim wrote both the music and the English lyrics. He often disliked the translations made from the original Portuguese, and reportedly studied English in order to block the worst of them. Jobims homespun singing is more endearing here than usual, since his accent often teeters on Noo Yawkian, but his scatting is seriously jazzy. This might be the best version of One Note Samba he ever made, with Herbie Mann providing sweet support.

Reviewer: Judith Schlesinger

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