At the tender ages of 18 and 19-going-on-20, tenor saxophonist Stan Getz was plowing his own furrow in the fertile turf of the postwar jazz scene, developing his own sound while honoring the influence of Lester Young. Vol. 2 in the Masters of Jazz Getz chronology is appropriately entitled Teenage Stan. Rather than including every single Benny Goodman recording on which Getz blew his horn as a member of the Goodman sax section, the producers of this exciting retrospective have selected the sides on which Getz actually soloed. The first five tracks portray Getz as a fine featured horn with Goodman in the Los Angeles area during the first few weeks of 1946. Getz is also heard swinging with West Coast bands led by trumpeter Randy Brooks and tenor saxophonist Vido Musso; sitting in with the second-to-last-ever Blue Rhythm Band in 1947 and jamming on-stage at one of Gene Norman's Just Jazz concerts. Smack in the middle of this invigorating compilation Getz presides at his very first recording date as a leader (see tracks eight through eleven). This Savoy session, which took place in New York on July 31, 1946, involved pianist Hank Jones, bassist Curly Russell and drummer Max Roach; the group was billed both as "the Bebop Boys" and the Stan Getz Quartet. This superb collection is packed with great music and is guaranteed to please anyone who loves big-band swing, vintage bop and formative Stan Getz.
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feat: Blue Rhythm Band