Stan Getz / Stan Getz Quartet

Live at Montmartre

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On January 28 and 30, 1977, Stan Getz performed live at the Café Montmartre Jazz-Hus in Copenhagen, Denmark, with pianist Joanne Brackeen, bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, and drummer Billy Hart. The excellent music recorded at these gigs was initially issued by Steeplechase on the albums Stan's Party and Live at Montmartre. All 11 tracks became available on CD in 2002 and again in 2008, courtesy of Japan's Video Arts label. This is a supremely satisfying spread of straight-ahead jazz, using a rich palette of melodies composed by Billy Strayhorn, Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter, Dizzy Gillespie, Steve Swallow, Milton Nascimento, and Stan Getz. Investigation reveals that there are a surprising number of different tunes that share the title "Lady Sings the Blues." The one performed by the Stan Getz Quartet on this live compilation album is not the famous air by Billie Holiday and Herbie Nichols but a more ruminative offering penned by Alec Wilder.

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