Wednesday, February 2, 2011

If we could Samba right now, we would

Snow day!

After a brutal morning of shoveling we decided to put some Stan Getz in the player.  It is, after all, the birthday of "the Sound."  And if our muscles weren't so tired and our bones so creaky we'd be dancing across the carpet to Jazz Samba, one of our favorite jazz recordings.

For a taste click on the link below and listen to "Desafinado," a rhythmic gem  that somehow only reached No. 4 on Billboard's easy listening chart in 1962:

This is the album that brought bossa nova music to America, thanks to Charlie Byrd's imaginative guitar pacings and Getz's incomparable work on the tenor sax.  A great album to have in your collection. Once we recover from the shoveling we're going to consider a remedial class at the Arthur Murray dance school.

The members of today's Birthday Band:

Stan Getz (1927-1991), Saxophone
Desafinado, Girl from Ipanema (with Astrud Gilberto)

Alan Caddy (1940-2000): Guitar, the Tornados
First British group to top U.S. chart with Telstar (1962)

Graham Nash (1942): Hollies; Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
Suite: Judy Blue Eyes, Military Madness, Immigration Man

Peter Lucia (1947): Drums, Tommy James and the Shondells
Mony Mony, Crimson and Clover, Crystal Blue Persuasion

Ross Valory (1949): Bass, Journey
Any Way You Want It, Who’s Crying Now, Don't Stop Believing

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