Stan Getz

Cabu Collection

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Just for kicks, and contrary to their usual practice, the producers of this tribute to tenor saxophonist Stan Getz chose to lay the music out at least somewhat chronologically, beginning with Jimmy Giuffre's famous composition "Four Brothers" as performed by the Woody Herman Orchestra. This bolt of sound logic galvanizes the entire package into a sensibly accurate and eminently enjoyable group portrait of a great improviser and the brilliant musicians with whom he collaborated. These historic recordings were made for the Savoy, Jax, Prestige, New Jazz, and Sittin' in With record labels. The time frame -- from 1945 to 1950 -- places Getz within the Charlie Parker and Lester Young-inspired lineage of swing-to-bop-to-cool saxophonists who included Wardell Gray, Dexter Gordon, Charlie Ventura, Zoot Sims, Flip Philips, John LaPorta, Warne Marsh, and Lee Konitz. Getz is heard with trombonist Kai Winding's Krazy Kats, vibraphonist Terry Gibbs' New Jazz Stars, pianist Al Haig's Sextet, and as the leader of his own small bop bands. The music is uniformly pleasant, relaxing, uplifting, creatively inspired, and adroitly performed. After hearing this fine stuff, listeners might undergo powerful cravings for more of that early Getz. The best way to assuage such pangs of bop hunger is to consult the Stan Getz portion of the Classics Chronological Series.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
feat: Woody Herman
3:34
2 3:22
3 2:39
4 2:44
5 2:40
6 3:00
7 2:45
8 2:42
9
feat: Woody Herman
3:16
10
feat: Terry Gibbs
2:48
11 3:12
12 2:50
13 2:58
14 2:42
15 2:45
16 2:37
17 2:55
18 3:17
19 3:21
20 2:53

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:57
2 2:45
3 3:17
4 3:09
5 3:00
6 2:50
7 2:52
8 2:34
9 3:05
10 2:39
11 2:12
12 2:32
13 2:26
14 2:58
15 2:35
16 3:03
17
feat: Al Haig
2:25
18
feat: Al Haig
2:43
19
feat: Al Haig
3:18
20
feat: Al Haig
2:39
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