Stan Getz: Two Note Samba


Two Note Samba (Samba de Duas Notas)


Stan Getz (tenor sax)


Jazz Samba Encore (Verve V6-8523)

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Stan Getz (tenor sax), Luiz Bonfá (guitar),

Paulo Ferreira, Jose Carlos (drums), Maria Toledo (vocal)


Composed by Luiz Bonfa


Recorded: New York, February 8, 9, 27, 1963


Rating: 83/100 (learn more)

This album was recorded about a year after the phenomenal Jazz Samba in an obvious attempt to make lightning strike twice. It didn’t. Reasons include the rather mournful voice of Maria Toledo on six of ten tracks, which suffers in comparison with the light breathiness of Astrud Gilberto (who had become the bossa nova standard). The title “Two Note Samba” may amuse anyone who knows Jobim’s “One Note Samba,” but despite a bridge that makes a clear parallel to the original, Bonfa’s melody lacks the same wit, interest and staying power. Not even Getz’s tenor can make it memorable.

Reviewer: Judith Schlesinger

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