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Essential - Getz Songbook
Genres: Jazz, Pop
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Jacqui J. (Jacq) from PAYSON, AZ
Reviewed on 7/28/2014...
FANTASTIC! I love it. So mellow. Typical Getz
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A Great Compilation by a Jazz Master
John F. Temmerman | Skokie, Il United States | 07/28/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Stan Getz was among the masters of the Tenor Saxophone. This particular compilation is from recordings he made on Verve records, and spans recording dates from early 1952 to late 1963. It includes two cuts, "The Girl from Ipanema" and "Corcovado" from the Getz/Gilberto session. He is also heard with various groups, including such sidemen as Shelly Manne, the Oscar Peterson Trio (without a drummer!), Mose Allison, Charley Bird and Kenny Burrell.This CD is fairly representative of Stan's work. He sounds great in all settings, His smooth, lyrical, yet fluent technique is evident throughout. The tunes are standards, tempos range from ballads (Body and Soul) to medium swing. There are no furious tempos.The track list is:Body and Soul
These Foolish Things
Of Thee I Sing
Serenade in Blue
All The Things You Are
Pennies From heaven
It Never Entered My Mind
Early Autumn (recorded later than his initial famous solo)
CorcovadoMoonlight in Vermont
The Girl From IpanemaWhile, I like most of the tracks except for Bahia, which has an unfocussed arrangement, as compilations go, there could be some minor improvements. In a compilation, I like to see wider coverage of an entire career, which in Stan's case lasted into the 80's. Also, there are no songs with really fast tempos. He was a master of time at all tempos and some up-tempo pieces should have been included. For this reason, I went 4 stars, I like more breath in the compilations and the entire Getz/Gilberto album should be enjoyed, not just a few of the cuts.My favorite cuts are the two from the Getz/Gilberto album plus "Pennies From Heaven" with the Oscar Peterson Trio.He was known for his sound: big, lyrical, unique and immediately identifiable. However, the people who focus on the sound sometimes give short shrift to his technical facility. One, which in my opinion, at least approached the facility of Coltrane and was comparable to the other masters of the tenor. Even though he did not push the edges of the instrument the way Trane did, nevertheless, he was a trailblazer. "The Girl From Ipanema", with the famous version included in this CD, is a part of nearly every tenor sax player's repertoire and that is Stan's contribution. His Getz/Gilberto CD was seminal in taking the instrument into Brazilian and Latin music. I, for one, am glad that he did. Plus, his solos, at whatever tempo, we very well-constructed and deliberate. He was quoted one time as saying, "I never played a note I didn't mean" and that is a high standard applied to any improvising musician. He, like Coltrane, has his disciples, too.He initially became famous as part of Woody Herman's "Four Brothers". The story is that he became famous with an improvised solo on "Early Autumn", which is in a difficult key for many saxophonists. He performed new and interesting music throughout his career and his albums were well regarded by listeners and musicians alike.I recommend this CD for anyone wanting an introduction to his work or looking to add to their collection of his playing. Obviously, like on any compilation, you need to look at what cuts you already have. Plus, many of these songs are included in the available transcription books and, so, I almost always recommend this CD to my jazz students. Certainly, this music is worthy of study by any jazz saxophonist and might be interesting for other instruments as well."
Jon Warshawsky | San Diego, CA USA | 10/03/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Sometimes 'Best of' or 'Essential' albums really aren't, but in this case I think Verve did a great job. This album is worth buying just for 'All the Things You Are' and 'Bahia' (from the classic Jazz Samba album), the former over 7 minutes of pure saxophone and piano nirvana. 'Bahia' may be Getz' most addictive number, but 'Round Midnight' almost surpasses, with some of the most passionate sax (sorry!) ever recorded.Even for those who are not Stan Getz devotees, this is a perfect sampler of the guy John Coltrane envied (if you believe the liner notes). This is extremely accessible jazz/bossa nova -- you don't have to be a die hard Getz fan to listen, and by the time the program is over -- well, by that time you may very definitely be a die hard Getz fan.Highly recommended."