Reflections

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All Music Guide - Pemberton Roach
Though in 1963 some purists considered Reflections to be certain evidence that Stan Getz had sold out and abandoned "real jazz" completely, the album is actually, while perhaps not a masterpiece, an artful and intriguing sidebar to the tenor saxophonist's now celebrated bossa nova period. Getz was always a sublimely smooth and lyrical player who had already recorded in an orchestral setting on the groundbreaking Focus, and had a number one pop hit with Jazz Samba. It was only natural, then, that he would want to combine the two concepts. Although Reflections does at times bear the slight stench of easy listening sweeping strings, a Lawrence Welk-like vocal chorus, it's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Pemberton Roach
Though in 1963 some purists considered Reflections to be certain evidence that Stan Getz had sold out and abandoned "real jazz" completely, the album is actually, while perhaps not a masterpiece, an artful and intriguing sidebar to the tenor saxophonist's now celebrated bossa nova period. Getz was always a sublimely smooth and lyrical player who had already recorded in an orchestral setting on the groundbreaking Focus, and had a number one pop hit with Jazz Samba. It was only natural, then, that he would want to combine the two concepts. Although Reflections does at times bear the slight stench of easy listening sweeping strings, a Lawrence Welk-like vocal chorus, it's definitely not elevator music. Getz is in as fine form as ever, and the restrictive pop-based song structures challenge him to use his creative faculties in interesting ways. It's a true master musician who can make Bob Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind" swing without descending into schmaltzy Trini Lopez territory or losing any of the tune's original melancholic urgency. There are a few tracks, of course, where Getz jumps back into a more straight-ahead and cool jazz bag. The Lalo Schifrin tune "Nitetime Street" features an appropriately bluesy and brooding guitar solo from Kenny Burrell, and Getz's take on "Love" is a wild Latin romp that matches the vitality of anything on his Gilberto/Jobim collaborations. A highly underrated and oft-ignored album, Reflections should be re-evaluated and viewed not as an acceptance of crass commercialism, but as a daring and brilliant artist's attempt to find pure music by blurring the boundaries between jazz and pop.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/24/2003
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 731452332226
  • Catalog Number: 523322

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Stan Getz Primary Artist, Tenor Saxophone
Lalo Schifrin Conductor
Urbie Green Trombone
Hank Jones Piano
Mel Lewis Percussion, Drums
Ernie Royal Trumpet
George Duvivier Bass
James Buffington French Horn
Kenny Burrell Guitar
Bob Bushnell Bass
Don Butterfield Tuba
Candido Camero Percussion, Drums
George Devens Percussion, Vibes
Sidney Edwards Violin
Lewis Eley Violin
Paul Gershman Violin
Harry Glickman Violin
Louis Haber Violin
Harry Lookofsky Violin
Julius Held Violin
Jack Jennings Percussion, Drums
Osie Johnson Percussion
Irvin "Marky" Markowitz Trumpet
Charles McCracken Cello
Raoul Poliakin Violin
Harvey Shapiro Cello
Morris Stonzek Violin
Willard Suyker Guitar
Allen Hanlon Guitar
Ralph Hollander Violin
Leo Kruzuczek Violin
Technical Credits
Lalo Schifrin Arranger, Composer
Henry Mancini Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Woody Herman Composer
Ralph Burns Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Claus Ogerman Arranger
Alan Glover Composer
Alan Jay Lerner Composer
Jack Maher Liner Notes
Johnny Mercer Composer
Phil Ramone Engineer
Kevin Reeves Mastering
Creed Taylor Producer
Val Valentin Director Of Engineering
Will Jason Composer
Frederick Loewe Composer
Tommy Wolf Composer
Truman Capote Composer
Hollis King Art Direction
John Blackburn Composer
Fran Landesman Composer
Karl Suessdorf Composer
Val Burton Composer
Bryan Koniarz Producer
Ken Druker Executive Producer
Seymour Shifrin Composer
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