Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd: O Pato
O Pato [The Duck]
Jazz Samba (Verve 314 521 413-2)
Gene Byrd (guitar, bass), Buddy Deppenschmidt, Bill Reichenbach (percussion).
Composed by Jayme Silva and Nevza Teixeira.
Recorded: All Souls Unitarian Church, Washington, DC, February 13, 1962
Rating: 96/100 (learn more)
Everyone associates early-1960s bossa nova with Stan Getz, and rightly so. But Charlie Byrd brought back Brazilian records and scores from his 1961 tour, sketched out the material, shopped the idea and recruited Getz's uniquely romantic instrumental voice to carry the lead. Like a pelican scooping up a school of fish, Byrd did the heavy lifting. Yet what most impresses about this track is how easily six waterfowl swimming together for the first time fit together. The idiom might be new, but there's no trace of experimentation. Just two old ducks named Stan & Charlie quietly, lyrically, sublimely making history.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz
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