37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
on 11 February 2000
This CD should be referenced onto a sister recording by Stan Getz: Jazz Samba (the original work). Basically, this recording is more of the same - but better in my opinion.
There is still the excellent rich Sax work of Getz and the great Guitar work of Bonfa. Also included this time are some equally impressive Latin American vocals on some tracks. Note that the vocalist is probably not Astrid Gilberto.
I liked this CD for the warmth of the bass and the utter smoothness of the Sax. The guitar work is good too.
The vocal tracks make a change from the totally instrumental Jazz Samba recording, breaking up the recording.
On a technical note there is minimal production content( as recorded circa 1963)- which means you can actuall hear individual instruments. This makes a change.
I would unreservedly recomend this to anyone who liked Jazz Samba. I would also recomend it to people who would like some soothing music, or those who want to take an excursion into bossa nova.
Ken Barron Bristol
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 October 2015
This album is amazing. The guitar work by Luiz Bonfa is exceptional. Getz is on top form. But what makes this album a classic is the vocals of Maria Toledo. She only sings on a couple of tracks and a few vocal sounds on the rest. Her voice is amazing. I think this album is underrated. This album is far better than jazz samba. It's more varied and a more interesting listen. Bonfa is a better guitarist than Charlie Byrd in my opinion. This record sounds more like pure bossa nova to me than jazz samba. An essential purchase it's on par with the stunning Getz/Gilberto. Buy it immediately.