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Stan said, "I believe you should try to make music as beautiful as you can. It should not be done with ugliness. There's so much hate in the world; you have to counteract it with lovliness."
When I remarked to a friend about this being, maybe the greatest jazz recording I own (and I own a lot of jazz), my friend said, "In all the years I've been going to the Playboy Jazz Festival, Stan Getz is the finest musician I've ever heard play at the Hollywood Bowl." That's a bold statement.
Kenny Barron on piano is the perfect compliment to Stan's gorgeous playing on this.
To say that Rufus Reid on bass and Victor Lewis on drums were on fire that night would be an understatement.
TO HONOR THIS RECORDING PLAY IT THROUGH INFINITY SPEAKERS AT A HIGH VOLUME. (Infinity speakers have the warmest sound I've ever heard for jazz playback.) I HOPE THIS BECOMES ONE OF YOUR FAVORITES TOO.
If you like Late-model Getz go out and get ANNIVERSARY, BLUE SKYS, and PEOPLE TIME. Or if you're on a tight budget buy CAFE MONTMARTRE.Read more ›
Serenity features five lengthy tracks, (56 mins in all), from the opening crystal notes of 'On Green Dolphin Street' at 13.38 mins, to the sublime balladry of 'Falling in Love', at a mere 9 minutes, with the others falling in between that range. With the exception of the achingly lovely latter track, the other four pieces have a perky bop/swing feel, and highlight the musicianship of all four players (Barron with some exquisite keyboard melodies, and Reid & Lewis also with a chance to solo, as well as providing some wholly sympathetic propulsion to each piece).
The live setting from the Cafe Montmartre in Copenhagen, in July 1987, adds an additional air of excitement, but doesn't detract at all from the quality of the recording. Helpful liner notes from Alain Tercinet complete this very desirable set. This venue seemed to inspire the best from Stan, as he made a number of other magically luminous recordings here, including a gorgeous compilation album 'Cafe Montmartre' which I'd rate as an essential purchase: Cafe Montmartre
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The five star rating is for the amazing musicians. The CD had only one skip on track four.Published 4 months ago by M.R. Doc Michaud PhD
I bought this cd because it had Getz and Kenny Barron together, and I loved People Time. Also, I went on a couple reviews of it. Read morePublished 7 months ago by islandflicka1
Had this on cassette years ago!Stan Getz is a jazz giant and his live recordings are some of the best.For jazz purists!Published 7 months ago by Bruce K. Gaston
This is a Jazz LP. Swinging, Smooth and the Sound is Incredible. Makes any Stereo Sound Great. Played in on My New/Old/Marble Base Kenwood just back from a Full Retro Repair.Published 9 months ago by Bobby H, Denver
How can I not love his music. I have been collecting his albums for many years.Published 10 months ago by Cecil Regman
This is an exquisite album, one of the best. Getz was at the top of the game and his improvisations are spot on. He's the standard.Published on February 3, 2014 by musicgalaxyman
This is one of Getz's best. It's superbly recorded and the musicianship is incredible. Getz, IMHO, only got better with age. Read morePublished on October 11, 2013 by BART VARVARA
Some prefer Getz recordings of the '60s, before he got sidetracked by drugs, and I won't argue that. Read morePublished on March 19, 2013 by Jazzcat