Stan Getz

Stan Getz Is Jazz: Live by the Sea Cannes 1980

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In January 1980, Stan Getz was working a date in Fort Lauderdale, FL when he was offered to be flown in to play the MIDEM convention in Cannes. Getz accepted, flying round trip, literally a 72-hour "tour." This disc is a document of that performance, which finds Getz in top form. His music at this stage in time was being rejuvenated by a band of young, fusion-minded Turks, a format that allowed him new freedoms while still letting him put his signature stamp to everything on here. Keyboardist Andy LaVerne shines brightly, providing color and splash along with guitarist Chuck Loeb against an inventive and rock-solid rhythm section consisting of bassist Brian Bromberg and drummer Victor Jones. Sitting in at various points during the performance are Joe Farrell, Mike Garson, and harmonica man Sugar Blue, fresh from his work with the Rolling Stones when this concert was recorded. Highlights include LaVerne's "Empty Shells," Loeb's "Heart Place," Wayne Shorter's "Lady Day," a nice take on "Autumn Leaves," and an 11-minute plus blowout jam on "Billie's Bounce." Getz would return to straight acoustic jazz shortly after this set was recorded, and, as such, this concert makes a marvelous document of an artist at the tail-end of an interesting chapter. As an added bonus, top-flight liner notes from William Ruhlmann complete the package.

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