Stream: Bola Sete Performs “One Note Samba” (1968)

Our friends at Tompkins Square have done it again: On December 3, 2021, they’re releasing yet another great lost guitar album: Bola Sete’s Samba in Seattle: Live at the Penthouse, 1966-1968. This three-CD set is the first official release of the late Brazilian acoustic guitarist’s live recordings from Seattle’s famed Penthouse jazz club. In a word, it’s amazing.

The collection captures Sete, bassist Sebastião Neto and drummer Paulinho Magalhães in lively form on nearly 30 tracks. The trio covers a lot of ground in their sets, including Heitor Villa-Lobos’ “Prelude #1 ,” Duke Ellington’s “Satin Doll,” and Johnny Mandel’s “Shadow of Your Smile.” Also included in the album are interviews and statements from Carlos Santana, composer Lalo Schifrin, producer/pianist George Winston and one incredible essay that John Fahey originally penned on Sete for Guitar Player.

The Fretboard Journal is proud to give you a sneak peek at this boxed set and preview “One Note Samba” from the collection. Recorded in 1968, Sete’s take on the Antonio Carlos Jobim classic is simply sublime.

Learn more about the set here.

Above photo: Dave Azose