Club kids tiring of neoswing, lounge and ska might find retro thrills through Brazilian bossa nova, a style that became a craze in the U.S. with "Jazz Samba," the 1962 collaboration by guitarist Charlie Byrd and saxophonist Stan Getz.
Byrd remains addicted to the lilting melodies and melancholy musings of bossa nova legend Antonio Carlos Jobim, toasting the late composer with lighter-than-air readings of his "Fotografía," "Agua de Beber," "Esperanca Perdida," "So Danco Samba" and "Someone To Light Up My Life."
The wonderfully expressive finger-style guitarist is ably supported by Brazilian-rhythm act Trio Da Paz. Tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton evokes a breathy Getz, while vibraphonist Chuck Redd and Brazilian singer Maucha Adnet add grace to the rather restrained proceedings. Jobim's music is juxtaposed with Luiz Bonfa's sultry "Meninha Flor," the traditional ballad "Violão Quebrada" and the Chopin adaptation "Freddie's Tune."
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at email@example.com.
Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club
Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.
Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.