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|Stan Getz, Kenny Barron|
Genres: Jazz, Pop
2009 seven CD set from Jazz great Stan Getz along with Kenny Barron. Just a few months before his death, Getz (1927-1991) decided to make a live album with the pianist Kenny Barron. Getz and Barron, who had just spent five... more »
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2009 seven CD set from Jazz great Stan Getz along with Kenny Barron. Just a few months before his death, Getz (1927-1991) decided to make a live album with the pianist Kenny Barron. Getz and Barron, who had just spent five years performing with bassist Rufus Reid and drummer Victor Lewis in what was quite possibly the best quartet of Getz's career, formed a sort of band within a band, working four nights in front of a live audience (and a recording crew) at the Caf? Montmartre in Copenhagen. Shortly after Getz's death, 14 of these tracks were issued on a two-CD release entitled People Time. Now, Universal Music France issues the complete recordings: 48 performances on seven discs that amount to as moving a last will and testament as have ever heard by a major musician. Universal.
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Stan's last record : two hours of pure joy
JEAN-MARIE JUIF | BESANCON France | 10/18/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Although he was dying from cancer in March 1991, Stan Getz choose the most difficult combination for his last public appearances: the duet,tenor sax and piano, with the magnificent Kenny Barron.These two CDs were recorded live in Copenhagen,at the famous "Café Montmartre",on March 3,4,5 and 6,1991.Three months later, on June 6,Stan Getz died.The result is certainly Getz's greatest recording, and even if he had only made this record,he would be one of jazz greatests artists forever.It seems incredible that a man,who is almost dead,desperatly fighting illness,can blow with such mastery.His choruses on "East of the sun","night and day","hush-a-bye","softly as in a morning sunrise","stablemates" are some of the most beautiful things ever played.He also plays an incredible version of Charlie Haden's theme, "first song".Beeing certainly Stan's best record,this is also true for Kenny Barron,who is amazing all through these two hours.He explodes as one of the greatests jazz pianists of the end of the century.I've been amazed by Stan's "anniversary" and "serenity" albums on EmArcy,but this one is miles ahead.A milestone in the history of jazz,and the most definitive recordings by Mr Getz,one of the most beautiful voices of tenor saxophone."
Almost too much
johnnyqb | United States | 01/21/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the most achingly beautiful record I have ever heard, in any genre of music. Getz seems to be seeking redemption and meaning for a life that he must have felt had been largely squandered in alcohol and drugs. Having achieved sobriety in his last few years, he seemed bent on leaving a testament to his true gifts, which were stupendous. This is why Serenity, Anniversary, and especially this record are the most beautiful of his career."
Last recordng by the best sax player of his generation
Justin Replogle | 02/17/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The best sax player of his generation joined by one of the best pianists ever. This is Getz last recording, and some of his solos are almost unbearably sad. His lyrical inventiveness was never greater though. Getz doesn't embellish the original melody in his solos. He makes comletely new ones of even greater beauty. Here they are often plaintive and full of pain. Jazz artists rarely display this sort of emotional openess. But Getz's technnical skills and Romantic imagination turn all this into high art. Barron, of course, is simply the best jazz pianist around. Together they have produced a truly great album."