Stan Getz in Stockholm

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
One of his best LPs from a very creative and innovative period, Stan Getz in Stockholm is wonderful almost in spite of itself. Getz recorded this date for Norman Granz in December of 1955, after returning from a several months long period of recuperation in North Africa due to a crippling illness -- the combination of pleurisy and pneumonia. Getz is in the company of three Swedish jazzmen: pianist Bengt Hallberg, bassist Gunnar Johnson, and drummer Anders Burman. The program is made up of standards and a mix of ballads and faster bop-flavored tunes. The bluesy "Indiana" kicks the date off with a brief solo tenor intro. Getz's trademark tone is warm, rich, and full. His real ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
One of his best LPs from a very creative and innovative period, Stan Getz in Stockholm is wonderful almost in spite of itself. Getz recorded this date for Norman Granz in December of 1955, after returning from a several months long period of recuperation in North Africa due to a crippling illness -- the combination of pleurisy and pneumonia. Getz is in the company of three Swedish jazzmen: pianist Bengt Hallberg, bassist Gunnar Johnson, and drummer Anders Burman. The program is made up of standards and a mix of ballads and faster bop-flavored tunes. The bluesy "Indiana" kicks the date off with a brief solo tenor intro. Getz's trademark tone is warm, rich, and full. His real foil on the track is Johnson, whose bop playing is on the money. Hallberg is knottier, and very formal, and Burman is merely keeping time, but it hardly matters since it's a blues. The ballads here are what work best, however, as evidenced by "Without a Song," "I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You," "Everything Happens to Me," and the utterly lovely reading of the Yip Harburg-Harold Arlen tune "Over the Rainbow." The set closes on two uptempo numbers, the sprightly "Get Happy," introduced with a solo by Getz in full-on blues mode, and the bubbly, shuffling "Jeepers Creepers," that sounds breezy, light and airy. The thing is, however, that Getz's lyricism is at a peak here. He can solo right inside the melody with his phrasing, yet accent the actual songs these tunes were taken from. This is top-notch Getz all the way through. Oddly, it has taken until 2008 for this title to be available on CD in the States. Part of Verve's excellent Originals series, the sound is full depth of field, warm, and quite dynamic.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/21/2008
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 602517868847
  • Catalog Number: 001218002
  • Sales rank: 65,766

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Stan Getz Primary Artist, Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Matt Dennis Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Vincent Youmans Composer
Nat Hentoff Liner Notes
Chuck Stewart Cover Photo
Hollis King Art Direction
Tom Adair Composer
Edward Eliscu Composer
Clarence Gaskill Composer
Billy Rose Composer
John Demilio Art Direction
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