The Smoothest Operator

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
In this attractively priced, good-sounding four-CD box, JSP does a decent job. Covering just six years in Stan Getz's half-century career, the label focuses on Getz's earliest period as a bebop bandleader (at the ripe old age of 19 after already playing with Jack Teagarden, Stan Kenton, Jimmy Dorsey, and Benny Goodman) and into the beginning of his stature as a true jazz star with Norman Granz's Clef label. Over 98 cuts, which include some of his now legendary Roost recordings, listeners journey through Getz's unique abilities as a true stylist. No matter what he played -- as this material attests -- he had the ability to create music that walked a very fine line between ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
In this attractively priced, good-sounding four-CD box, JSP does a decent job. Covering just six years in Stan Getz's half-century career, the label focuses on Getz's earliest period as a bebop bandleader (at the ripe old age of 19 after already playing with Jack Teagarden, Stan Kenton, Jimmy Dorsey, and Benny Goodman) and into the beginning of his stature as a true jazz star with Norman Granz's Clef label. Over 98 cuts, which include some of his now legendary Roost recordings, listeners journey through Getz's unique abilities as a true stylist. No matter what he played -- as this material attests -- he had the ability to create music that walked a very fine line between intense artistic imagination and creativity and commercial viability, without sacrificing his soul. Getz may have been an acolyte of Charlie Parker, but before that he had been a true disciple of Lester Young's playing. He integrated both approaches and found his own sound on the tenor: warm, full, and lyrical with incredible speed and dexterity. This box, with better than decent sound, reveals how quickly Getz's development as a leader happened -- even though during many of these sides Getz was still under employ to other bandleaders like Goodman and Woody Herman. The first two tracks on disc one ("Opus de Bop," "And the Angels Swing") are under the name the Bebop Boys -- Getz, Curly Russell, Max Roach, and Hank Jones -- who became by tracks three and four ("Running Water" and "Don't Worry About Me") the Stan Getz Quartet. Yes, race may have played its part in this, but it is also true that Getz was the musical equal of every man in that band. In any case, disc one also includes the legendary "Five Brothers" recording with Allen Eager, Brew Moore, Zoot Sims, and Al Cohn, who also did "Battle of the Saxes" and "Four and One Moore." Disc one nears its end in 1949 with his signature solo on "Pennies from Heaven" as a member of the Al Haig Sextet with conguero Carlos Vidal, bassist Gene Ramey, and guitarist Jimmy Raney. Disc two was all recorded in 1950 under the revolving door known as the Stan Getz Quartet. Some of the players who played under that moniker included Horace Silver (though it was Silver's trio Getz had invited to record with him in New York), Roy Haynes, Tommy Potter, Percy Heath, Walter Bolden, and Joe Calloway. The disc opens with "Stardust," featuring Junior Parker on vocals, and includes thoroughly lovely renditions of "cool" jazz standards such as "I've Got You Under My Skin," "Imagination," "You Go to My Head," and "Out of Nowhere." Disc three begins and ends in 1951 and covers Getz's first European period, with saxophonist Lars Gullin as a worthy foil with pianist Bengt Hallberg's Swedish All Stars. There are seven sides from Sweden, all of them curious and interesting, even if some of them are a bit wooden. It also covers the early live sides in Boston with Haig, Raney, Teddy Kotick, and Tiny Kahn, but not before another session in New York with Silver's group, this time with bassist Leonard Gaskin; "Melody Express," "Yvette," "The Song Is You," and "Wildwood" all come from August of 1951 in New York. The final disc in this fine collection continues in Boston in October of 1951 at the Storyville club, where Getz netted two LPs' worth of live material. There are some rather workmanlike sides of Getz playing with the guitarist Johnny Smith in 1952 here as well. They account for eight tracks, including the hit "Where or When," but all of them can be skipped to proceed on to the set's concluding sides cut for Norman Granz and his Clef label as the Stan Getz Quintet. The lineup included Raney, pianist Duke Jordan, bassist Bill Crow, and drummer Frank Isola. These final tracks include Getz's hit versions of "Stella by Starlight," "The Way You Look Tonight," "Body and Soul," "Stars That Fell on Alabama" (a cut Getz first played with Teagarden and recorded earlier himself, but this is the definitive read of it by him), and "Lover Come Back to Me." Other than the Johnny Smith sides -- on which Getz is terrific, by the way -- most all of this music remains compelling, engaging, and sometimes even awe-inspiring. For the money, this is a fine collection for any serious jazz fan interested in filling out his Getz shelf, or even for the enthusiastic beginner who has gone back to the bop and cool eras, as there is adequate documentation of session dates and players, though Drew Kent's liner notes -- written to fit the format of these booklets, no doubt -- are a bit sketchy in places.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/28/2007
  • Label: Jsp Records
  • UPC: 788065904326
  • Catalog Number: 943
  • Sales rank: 188,066

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Opus de Bop - The Be Bop Boys (2:31)
  2. 2 And the Angels Swing - The Be Bop Boys (2:42)
  3. 3 Running Water - Stan Getz Quartet (2:44)
  4. 4 Don't Worry 'Bout Me - Stan Getz Quartet (2:36)
  5. 5 Pardon My Bop - Stan Getz Quintet (2:37)
  6. 6 As I Live and I Bop - Stan Getz Quintet (2:56)
  7. 7 Interlude in Bebop - Stan Getz Quintet (2:42)
  8. 8 Bopelbath - Stan Getz Quintet (2:12)
  9. 9 Pinhead - Stan Getz Quintet (2:42)
  10. 10 Diaper Pin - Stan Getz Quintet (2:39)
  11. 11 Frosty - Stan Getz Orchestra (2:59)
  12. 12 Battleground - Stan Getz Five Brothers Bop Tenor Sax Stars (3:13)
  13. 13 Four and One Moore - Stan Getz Five Brothers Bop Tenor Sax Stars (3:30)
  14. 14 Five Brothers - Stan Getz Five Brothers Bop Tenor Sax Stars (3:33)
  15. 15 Battle of the Saxes - Stan Getz Five Brothers Bop Tenor Sax Stars (3:49)
  16. 16 Stan Gets Along - Stan Getz Boppers (2:54)
  17. 17 Stan's Mood - Stan Getz Boppers (2:41)
  18. 18 Slow - Stan Getz All Stars (2:50)
  19. 19 Fast - Stan Getz New Sound Stars (3:05)
  20. 20 Skull Buster - Al Haig Sextet (2:24)
  21. 21 Ante Room - Al Haig Sextet (2:41)
  22. 22 Poop Deck - Al Haig Sextet (2:45)
  23. 23 Pennies from Heaven - Al Haig Sextet (3:17)
  24. 24 Indian Summer - Stan Getz Quartet (2:48)
  25. 25 Long Island Sound - Stan Getz Quartet (2:56)
  26. 26 Mar-CIA - Stan Getz Quartet (2:40)
  27. 27 Preservation - Stan Getz Quartet (2:42)
  28. 28 Crazy Chords - Stan Getz Quartet (2:36)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Stardust - Stan Getz Quartet (2:43)
  2. 2 Goodnight My Love - Stan Getz Quartet (2:41)
  3. 3 There's a Small Hotel - Stan Getz Quartet (2:55)
  4. 4 Too Marvelous for Words - Stan Getz Quartet (2:56)
  5. 5 I've Got You Under My Skin - Stan Getz Quartet (3:17)
  6. 6 What's New - Stan Getz Quartet (3:20)
  7. 7 Intoit - Stan Getz Quartet (3:22)
  8. 8 You Stepped out of a Dream - Stan Getz Quartet (2:54)
  9. 9 My Old Flame - Stan Getz Quartet (2:46)
  10. 10 The Lady in Red - Stan Getz Quartet (3:14)
  11. 11 Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams - Stan Getz Quartet (3:05)
  12. 12 On the Alamo - Stan Getz Quartet (2:46)
  13. 13 Gone with the Wind - Stan Getz Quartet (2:56)
  14. 14 Yesterdays - Stan Getz Quartet (2:48)
  15. 15 Sweetie Pie - Stan Getz Quartet (2:31)
  16. 16 You Go to My Head - Stan Getz Quartet (3:01)
  17. 17 Hershey Bar - Stan Getz Quartet (2:37)
  18. 18 Tootsie Roll - Stan Getz Quartet (2:10)
  19. 19 Strike Up the Band - Stan Getz Quartet (2:30)
  20. 20 Imagination - Stan Getz Quartet (2:24)
  21. 21 For Stompers Only (Navy Blue) - Stan Getz Quartet (2:51)
  22. 22 Out of Nowhere - Stan Getz Quartet (2:28)
  23. 23 'S Wonderful - Stan Getz Quartet (2:55)
  24. 24 Penny - Stan Getz Quartet (2:51)
  25. 25 Split Kick - Stan Getz Quartet (2:54)
  26. 26 It Might as Well Be Spring - Stan Getz Quartet (2:54)
  27. 27 The Best Thing for You - Stan Getz Quartet (2:43)
Disc 3
  1. 1 S'cool Boys - Stan Getz All Stars (2:43)
  2. 2 Ack, Värmeland du Sköna - Stan Getz All Stars (2:47)
  3. 3 I'm Getting Sentimental Over You - Stan Getz All Stars (2:28)
  4. 4 I Only Have Eyes for You - Stan Getz All Stars (3:21)
  5. 5 Prelude to a Kiss - Stan Getz All Stars (2:49)
  6. 6 Night and Day - Stan Getz All Stars (3:02)
  7. 7 Don't Get Scared - Stan Getz All Stars (3:04)
  8. 8 Flamingo - Stan Getz All Stars (3:20)
  9. 9 Melody Express - Stan Getz Quintet (2:47)
  10. 10 Yvette - Stan Getz Quintet (2:58)
  11. 11 Potter's Luck - Stan Getz Quintet (2:41)
  12. 12 The Song Is You - Stan Getz Quintet (2:48)
  13. 13 Wildwood - Stan Getz Quintet (3:06)
  14. 14 Thou Swell - Stan Getz Quintet (4:26)
  15. 15 The Song Is You - Stan Getz Quintet (7:10)
  16. 16 Mosquito Knees - Stan Getz Quintet (5:23)
  17. 17 Pennies from Heaven - Stan Getz Quintet (5:09)
  18. 18 Move - Stan Getz Quintet (6:04)
  19. 19 Parker 51 - Stan Getz Quintet (6:08)
  20. 20 Hershey Bar - Stan Getz Quintet (3:32)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Rubberneck - Stan Getz Quintet (4:19)
  2. 2 Signal - Stan Getz Quintet (5:42)
  3. 3 Everything Happens to Me - Stan Getz Quintet (3:15)
  4. 4 Jumpin' with Symphony Sid - Stan Getz Quintet (7:13)
  5. 5 Yesterdays - Stan Getz Quintet (2:54)
  6. 6 Budo - Stan Getz Quintet (5:03)
  7. 7 Wildwood - Stan Getz Quintet (4:49)
  8. 8 Where or When - Johnny Smith Quintet (2:26)
  9. 9 Tabu - Johnny Smith Quintet (2:41)
  10. 10 Moonlight in Vermont - Johnny Smith Quintet (3:14)
  11. 11 Jaguar - Johnny Smith Quintet (2:33)
  12. 12 Sometimes I'm Happy - Johnny Smith Quintet (2:19)
  13. 13 Stars Fell on Alabama - Johnny Smith Quintet (3:04)
  14. 14 Nice Work If You Can Get It - Johnny Smith Quintet (2:26)
  15. 15 Tenderly - Johnny Smith Quintet (3:25)
  16. 16 Stella by Starlight - Stan Getz Quintet (2:43)
  17. 17 Time on My Hands - Stan Getz Quintet (2:57)
  18. 18 'Tis Autumn - Stan Getz Quintet (3:13)
  19. 19 The Way You Look Tonight - Stan Getz Quintet (3:02)
  20. 20 Lover Come Back to Me - Stan Getz Quintet (2:56)
  21. 21 Body and Soul - Stan Getz Quintet (3:15)
  22. 22 Stars Fell on Alabama - Stan Getz Quintet (3:22)
  23. 23 You Turned the Table on Me - Stan Getz Quintet (2:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Stan Getz Primary Artist, Tenor Saxophone
Walter Bishop Jr. Piano
Allen Eager Tenor Saxophone
Al Haig Piano
Duke Jordan Piano
Brew Moore Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Raney Guitar
Max Roach Drums
Horace Silver Piano
Tony Aless Piano
Leonard Gaskin Bass, Bass Guitar
Sanford Gold Piano
Lars Gullin Baritone Saxophone
Bengt Hallberg Piano
Stan Levey Drums
Tommy Potter Bass, Bass Guitar
Earl Swope Trombone
Don Lamond Drums
Johnny Smith Guitar
Teddy Kotick Bass, Bass Guitar
Gene Ramey Bass, Bass Guitar
Eddie Safranski Bass, Bass Guitar
Percy Heath Bass, Bass Guitar
Al Cohn Tenor Saxophone
Walter Bishop Sr. Piano
Walter Bolden Drums
Bob Carter Bass
Bill Crow Bass, Bass Guitar
Al Epstein Tenor Saxophone
Norman Faye Trumpet
Morey Feld Drums
Roy Haynes Drums
Frank Isola Drums
Tiny Kahn Drums
Clyde Lombardi Bass, Bass Guitar
Jack Noren Drums
Mert Oliver Bass, Bass Guitar
Junior Parker Vocals
Charles Perry Drums
Zoot Sims Tenor Saxophone
Carlos Vidal Conga
Joe Calloway Bass
Yngve Akerberg Bass, Bass Guitar
Kenneth Fagerlund Drums
Dillion "Curley" Russel Bass
Gunnar Johnson Bass, Bass Guitar
Bob Carter Bass Guitar
Drifting Johnny Smith Guitar
Zoot Sims & His Five Brothers Tenor Saxophone
Henry Jones Piano
Sandford Gold Piano
Jack Noren Drums
Henry 'Hank' Jones Piano
Dillon 'Curley' Russell Bass Guitar
Joe Calloway Bass Guitar
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