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Charlie Byrd: Homage to Jobim: Live at the Fujitsu-Concord 26th Jazz Festival

You’d think the last thing we needed is another set of Brazilian Byrd, but this live set from the 26th Fujitsu-Concord Jazz Festival in 1994 offers an uncommon collective sound in the Charlie Byrd discography.

Just do what you’re bound to do anyhow: Skip straight to “Desafinado” and listen to clarinetist Ken Peplowski and harmonica player Hendrik Muerkens turn the old jukebox bossa banger into something that sounds more bayou-bred than Brazil-baked. And let’s hope you like the Peps-Muerk combo, because it carries all seven tracks, lending Jobim tunes like “Once I Loved” and “Chega da Saudade” a wide-eyed tone they’re rarely treated with.

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