The Essential Stan Getz - Stan Getz Songbook

November 3, 1992 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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  • Label: Verve Records
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  • Total Length: 59:49
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  • ASIN: B000W1RDWU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,424 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Excellent as an introduction to a most versatile and brilliant musician.
Linda C. Huffman
I recommend this CD for anyone wanting an introduction to his work or looking to add to their collection of his playing.
John F. Temmerman
Just by knowing that...you can guess something great is going to happen.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By John F. Temmerman on July 27, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Stan Getz was among the masters of the Tenor Saxophone. This particular compilation is from recordings he made on Verve records, and spans recording dates from early 1952 to late 1963. It includes two cuts, "The Girl from Ipanema" and "Corcovado" from the Getz/Gilberto session. He is also heard with various groups, including such sidemen as Shelly Manne, the Oscar Peterson Trio (without a drummer!), Mose Allison, Charley Bird and Kenny Burrell.
This CD is fairly representative of Stan's work. He sounds great in all settings, His smooth, lyrical, yet fluent technique is evident throughout. The tunes are standards, tempos range from ballads (Body and Soul) to medium swing. There are no furious tempos.
The track list is:
Body and Soul
These Foolish Things
Of Thee I Sing
Serenade in Blue
All The Things You Are
Detour Ahead
Pennies From heaven
It Never Entered My Mind
Early Autumn (recorded later than his initial famous solo)
Bahia
Round Midnight
Corcovado
Moonlight in Vermont
The Girl From Ipanema
While, I like most of the tracks except for Bahia, which has an unfocussed arrangement, as compilations go, there could be some minor improvements. In a compilation, I like to see wider coverage of an entire career, which in Stan's case lasted into the 80's. Also, there are no songs with really fast tempos. He was a master of time at all tempos and some up-tempo pieces should have been included. For this reason, I went 4 stars, I like more breath in the compilations and the entire Getz/Gilberto album should be enjoyed, not just a few of the cuts.
My favorite cuts are the two from the Getz/Gilberto album plus "Pennies From Heaven" with the Oscar Peterson Trio.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jon Warshawsky on October 3, 2000
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Sometimes 'Best of' or 'Essential' albums really aren't, but in this case I think Verve did a great job. This album is worth buying just for 'All the Things You Are' and 'Bahia' (from the classic Jazz Samba album), the former over 7 minutes of pure saxophone and piano nirvana. 'Bahia' may be Getz' most addictive number, but 'Round Midnight' almost surpasses, with some of the most passionate sax (sorry!) ever recorded.
Even for those who are not Stan Getz devotees, this is a perfect sampler of the guy John Coltrane envied (if you believe the liner notes). This is extremely accessible jazz/bossa nova -- you don't have to be a die hard Getz fan to listen, and by the time the program is over -- well, by that time you may very definitely be a die hard Getz fan.
Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca*rhapsodyinblue* VINE VOICE on May 6, 2008
Format: Audio CD
"Stan Getz was a tenor of the first rank who, while exploring and pursuing a purity of musical expression, maintained a large following... The primary reason for his greatness and his popularity lies elsewhere, in his tone. It is uniquely his. Big and pure and rich and definite, it possesses such an intrinsic appeal that master saxophonist and innovator John Coltrane proclaimed his envy of it - and Roost Records released a Getz album in the Fifties called, simply and accurately "The Sound." ~ Benjamin Franklin V ~

"The Essential Stan Getz" is a collection of the very best and most charming recordings of Getz between 1952 and 1963. It is a mix of Great American standards and Bossa Nova staples in which the great saxophonist both excelled in. He is supported by the most brilliant conductors he had ever known, Claus Ogerman and Russell Garcia, and also a bevy of the finest musicians whom he had long-lasting relationships, the likes of Oscar Peterson, Charlie Byrd, Kenny Burrell, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Ray Brown, Herb Ellis, Shelly Manne, Lou Levy, Leroy Vinnegar, João and Astrud Gilberto, among others.

For someone looking to start a Stan Getz collection, I most definitely recommend this compilation for a starter to better appreciate his distinctively gorgeous sound. The entire CD is such a joy to listen to especially the best tunes that are so powerful and can captivate your ears at first listen - "Early Autumn," "All The Things You Are," "Bahia," "Moonlight in Vermont," "Pennies From Heaven," "Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars" and "Girl From Ipanema."

Have a pleasant listening experience!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Caponsacchi HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 12, 2009
Format: Audio CD
A video on the internet--the one and only encounter of Stan Getz and John Coltrane--has attracted at least a million viewers and perhaps as many opinions, most of them loudly proclaiming Coltrane the "victor" and some even characterizing Getz as "technically limited." The present collection may satisfy listeners who were initially attracted to the "cool" Stan Getz sound of the early '60s bossa period and the earlier '50s cool bop / West Coast period. But it fails to incorporate the Getz whom Norman Granz frequently put up alongside Dizzy, Stitt and Rollins on Verve recording sessions for which there were no rules about speed limits and lengths of choruses. If you're looking for a collection representing one of the all-time masters of his instrument, a musician whom even Michael Brecker once called the best saxophonist, this isn't the disc--perhaps no single disc is capable of capturing the once-in-a-lifetime talent of this Olympian player.
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