by Stan Getz


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After a pair of taffy ballads sung in imitation Billy Eckstine baby talk by Junior Parker -- not the Memphis blues singer but a pseudonym for Arthur Daniels -- the 21 tracks that follow demonstrate exactly why Stan Getz went over so well with the listening public. His soft tone and gently inventive phraseology, a direct outgrowth of the Lester Young archetype, make each of these performances an ideal choice for relaxation. Getz regularly recorded with exceptional musicians. The rhythm sections of Al Haig, Tommy Potter, and Roy Haynes or Tony Aless, Percy Heath, and Don Lamond were perfectly suited to his softly searching essays in cool improvisation. On December 10, 1950, Horace Silver, Joe Calloway, and Walter Bolden kindled a hotter fire under the saxophonist, resulting in music of elevated intensity. At this point in his career, Getz sometimes engaged in bubbly noodling, which in its wilder moments sounds like a premonition of Lee Konitz as heard on his fabulous Motion sessions of 1961. This equation would also lead to Warne Marsh and Anthony Braxton, if you want to go there. As for material choices, the 1950 Getz repertoire is full of delightful surprises, from an almost calypso "The Lady in Red" to "Sweetie Pie," a cheerful number barbecued by Fats Waller & His Rhythm back in 1934. Anyone familiar with Waller's version will most likely thrill at hearing this brisk modern expansion of the old Tin Pan Alley come-on. Excellent music, good for the nerves and stimulating for the imagination.

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Release Date: 10/30/2001
Label: Melodie Jazz Classic
UPC: 3307517117229
catalogNumber: 1172

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