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Best of West Coast Sessions
Genres: Jazz, Pop
In the mid-1950s, Stan Getz used the same musicians whenever he was performing on the West Coast. He also recorded a series of LPs with them that have been collected in the three-CD West Coast Sessions. This "Best of" has ... more »
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In the mid-1950s, Stan Getz used the same musicians whenever he was performing on the West Coast. He also recorded a series of LPs with them that have been collected in the three-CD West Coast Sessions. This "Best of" has been culled from the set by Lou Levy, the group's pianist, and it represents Getz and the band at a very high level indeed. The style might be called "cool bop," a distinct hybrid with more rhythmic bite than is associated with the cool school, but a more mellow sound and less aggression than bop usually suggests. Getz is in wonderful form, his singing, slightly muffled tenor sound giving forth a stream of fluid lines. He's very well matched with Levy, who's both an adroit accompanist and a soloist capable of developing concentrated momentum and seeing his ideas through to the end. Leroy Vinnegar's resilient bass lines offer a springy foundation, and both Shelly Manne, on six tracks, and Lou Levey, on four, provide lightly propulsive drumming. Trumpeter Conte Candoli is present on four tracks. He's a good partner for Getz, with a style that can suggest Miles Davis in his early bop period. The theme statements on the quintet tracks get a distinct character from the mix of two horn sounds that are so mellow. Apart from Miles's "Four," the opening track, and "Blues for Mary Jane," a Getz original, the tracks are all standards, and they provide Getz with the melodic inspiration that he needs. "You're Blasé" and "But Beautiful" are classic ballad performances by a giant of the lyric tenor saxophone. At the opposite end of the tempo spectrum, the concluding "Shine" is a model of inventiveness at a flying tempo. --Stuart Broomer
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rash67 | USA | 04/23/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"For the perplexed.This CD is a "best of" culled from the Getz three CD set called "West Coast Sessions". Years later, Verve re-released the complete original 1950's sessions on CD's "West Coast Jazz", "Award Winner" and "The Steamer". These have much better mixes of the same music at a higher sampling rate and some other additional tracks.The first of these, "West Coast Jazz", duplicates much of the tracks herein and includes some others."
Nice selections from the big West Coast set
Jon Warshawsky | San Diego, CA USA | 09/15/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was not surprised to read that Lou Levy, the pianist for Stan Getz' West Coast sessions, selected the tracks. The piano almost steals the show from Getz' marvelous sax.Still, Getz is the highlight, and this is a great collection of small ensemble performances. While some numbers are more uptempo (How About You, East of the Sun) this album really shines in the evening when you can sit back and appreciate the tremendous artistry of Stan Getz and -- yes -- Lou Levy, whose piano provides an ample (and tasteful) rhythm section.Recommended."
Yet again, 'rash67' and I are on the same page!
douglasnegley | Pittsburgh, Pa. United States | 08/30/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is the best single CD culled from the box-set with the same cover. All of the tracks on this one are great. "Blues For Mary Jane", "Four", the opening track, and especially the beautiful ballad - with a few false starts, "Handful Of Stars". This is a fairly priced gem of Stan's "West Coast" best along with one of my favorites, who passed away last year, Conte Candoli, Lou Levy, Shelley Manne, and Leroy Vinnegar. Don't pass this one by."