In the early 1960s, before the bossa nova wave broke and Jobim or the Gilbertos visited the U.S., Bola Sete (1923-1987) was appearing nightly in the Tudor Room of San Francisco's Sheraton-Palace Hotel. It was there that the virtuoso guitarist was heard by Dizzy Gillespie. The great trumpeter was so enthralled by Sete's work that he brought him to the 1962 Monterey Jazz Festival, where he was an instant hit. Bola Sete (born Djalma de Andrade) also began recording for Fantasy Records in 1962, and this package joins the first two LPs he made as sole leader. Though he was lumped with the other bossa nova stars, soft sambas were merely a fraction of Sete's musical equation. Flamenco and European classical pieces (such as Albeniz's "Asturias" and J.S. Bach's "Bourrée") and modern jazz and pop standards (Gillespie's "Tour de Force" and Henry Mancini's "Moon River," respectively) complemented the seminal Brazilian songs ("Manhã de Carnaval," "Samba de Orféu") and his own moving originals. Bola Sete took his name from the black 7-ball in the Brazilian version of billiards. "Tour de Force" runs the table.
with Dave Bailey, Carmen Costa, J.D. Paula, John Rae, Fred Schrieber, Ben Tucker