As of 2004, when this exuberant concert performance at Cleveland's legendary Severance Hall was recorded, it had been some years since the famed saxman had shared stages with the likes of Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, and Elvin Jones, and toured with Quincy Jones. But he's never stopped being incredibly busy on tour or in the studio while establishing himself as a regional legend around his hometown of Cleveland. This date, focusing on the deeper tracks of Stan Getz's multi-faceted career (no "The Girl from Ipanema" to be found), is a beautifully rendered classical-jazz fusion affair blending Krivda's expressive melodic and improvisational tenor style with the rousing, sometimes percussive (even flamenco flavored), often sweeping power of the Cleveland Orchestra. Lighthearted, whimsical twists on songs like "Night Rider" and "Pan" are balanced beautifully by dramatic romantic interpretations of gentler pieces like "I Remember When" and "A Summer Afternoon." Focus on Stan Getz is an album hardcore Getz fans could cherish while inspiring casual fans of the master to dust off those old LPs and dig back into one of jazz's greatest legacies.
AllMusic Review by Jonathan Widran