More than once, I’ve mentioned my long-standing appreciation for Latin jazz. I’ve also made no secret about being a fan of Dave Brubeck since the days when he brought jazz to the mainstream music world with his group’s seminal 1961 recording of “Take Five.” And in a different piece, I touched on how his group’s later album, Bossa Nova USA, sort of connected the dots for many jazz fans. But there is a little more to the story.
When the Dave Brubeck Quartet issued Bossa Nova USA in 1963, I was one of the many fans who went out and bought it. The album turned out to be one of the group’s most popular, second only to their classic breakout effort, Time Out (which contained “Take Five”.)
I loved the new album and played it constantly. I especially liked the title tune, but it was accompanied by a lot of good pieces, mostly written by Brubeck himself. And even though I’m not enough of an expert in the genre to know whether the music was genuine Bossa Nova, there’s little doubt that the album was a hit with fans.
But here’s where the story gets a little sad. Many years ago I got rid of all my old worn vinyl albums and replaced them with modern CDs. For the most part I was successful, but there were a few snags, and it turned out that the Bossa Nova USA album was one that was very difficult to find as a CD. The title tune has shown up on several Brubeck compilations and is available as a download, but the full album is just not easily found.
But I’ll keep looking.