Album no. 33/1001
I feel pretty confident in suggesting that this was the album that inspired muzak.
It’s the sort of background music that wouldn’t be out of place as telephone waiting music or played in a Nandos during the lunchtime rush to give that vibe of the “exotic”. So if you’re planning on opening your own Nandos franchise, you’d better pick up a copy of this album.
This is considered one of the first albums to bring ‘bossa nova’ to commercial audiences. Stan Getz, the saxophonist, won a Grammy for Best Jazz Performance of 1963 for ‘Desafinado’ as well.
Have you listened to this album before?
NK: I haven’t listened to this before, and fresh off a listen I am pretty confident in saying I didn’t need to.
CL: I don’t think there is a standout here. Truly. This was very VERY boring. Apparently ‘Desafinado’ was a “runaway hit”. Amongst who? I don’t know. It’s not a hit.
NK: It doesn’t make any difference, they’re all exactly the same. Imagine somebody kidnapped a guy on his way to a jazz gig, locked him in a lift for two days then gave him a saxophone and recorded the next hour. That’s what this album is.
When would be the best time to listen to this?
CL: At a Nandos. I really want Nandos now.
NK: Listen to this if you want to know what it’s like to be trapped in an elevator with a saxophone player.
Why has this album been included on the list?
CL: The guys at 1001 Albums say this album really brought Brazilian music to commercial success. Which, yeah ok fine, I guess is sort of important. Doesn’t mean it’s any good though, does it?
NK: Great question. I’m at a loss. All the latin-influenced records you mentioned before, Sabu, Machito, Tito Puente, all of them were better than this. This is soooooooooooooo boring. I found myself tuning it out and doing other things without realising it. I would press play, listen for three seconds and then five minutes later realise the song had ended and I hadn’t registered anything was happening. It’s inoffensive to the point of being borderline non-existent.
Will you be listening again?
CL: Nah. There’s really very little difference between this and any of the other similar albums we’ve heard already.