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So it was by sheer luck, and my good fortune, that I was driving around a few months ago without a CD, searching through the radio looking for something good. I stopped when I heard some swinging jazz coming through a station. Not big band swing, but more of a smooth and smoky sound, straddling the line between bop and swing without being precisely one or the other. At the end of the track, I was quite surprised to hear the announcer tell me that that was from Stan Getz's "The Steamer". When I got home, I hopped online and sampled more tracks from that album. Good stuff - so I went out and bought the whole album, and have been loving it ever since. "The Steamer" was good enough that I knew it wouldn't be the last Getz I'd get.
After that, I read up a little more on Getz, and discovered that there was a lot more to him than The Girl From Ipanema. Since I had to go to Tower to exchange an unwanted DVD gift, I went thumbing through the racks to see if anything jumped out at me. His "West Coast Jazz" caught my eye, since it was mid 50's pre-bossa nova, and a full CD of over 70 minutes. Plus, it had covers of Miles Davis's Four, Dizzie Gillespie's A Night In Tunisia, and Horace Silver's Split Kick. Seemed like a no-brainer.
Where have I been? Why has this sax tone been hiding from me? What I heard on "The Steamer" continues here. Sweet without being cloyingly so, cool without sounding pretentious. The trumpet on its own is not that harsh, but Getz's tenor sax is so smooth that when the trumpet comes in, the contrast is that much more evident in its sharpness.Read more ›
Verve has triumphed yet again digging another West Coast Jazz Classic out of the vaults and cleaning it up with a 20-bit remix.
Sparkling, complex, a mix of up-tempo and ballad arrangements. This late 50's CD sounds a lot like Stan's 80's work. Best tunes include "East of the Sun and West of the Moon", "Suddenly It's Spring", "Of Thee I Sing" and "Handful of Stars".
Similar to "Award Winner" and "The Steamer" - all recorded at the same time. Buy all three. Jazz's greatest saxophonist may be gone, but his legacy continues to astonish. Stan Levy, Getz drummer is quoted as saying "He (Stan) had no limits; he could play anything. The horn was an extention of his head. There were no barriers, the music just came out".
So come hear Jazz's most beautiful sax sounds come pouring out of him like a bubbling happy waterfall. Warm, and up-beat. For best results, listen on vacuum tube equipment, as it was originally recorded.
by MY tough rating system, a clear four to five stars for a great classic. Getz albums keep vanishing, the originals at least, not the best of's. Get it while you can, you won't be disappointed.
His mellow music is a balm for a harsh world.
artistic high mark when he released this blockbuster album in 1955 which highly
showcased his cool, profitable, but at times laid back showmanship to whom he
was immortalized for. Recorded and released in 1955, West Coast Jazz would
even focus on the East Coast- West Coast Controversy, which was a hot button
topic in jazz circles, and Getz one of a few jazz stars to settle the coast to coast
score and set the record straight. Highlighted by an astonishing track set that's
played with absolute greatness, it features a set of excellent takes on standards
like the enduring opening track East Of The Sun, as it is preceded by Suddenly,
It's Spring; Dizzy Gillespie's A Night In Tunisia, Summertime, Serenade In Blue,
Of Thee I Sing and Our Love Is Here To Stay, to whom he performed them with
swinging merit and sophistication. Backed by a great rhythm section that would
include master drummer Shelly Manne, Getz gives his rapid fire take on classic
jazz standards like Sonny Rollins' Four and even two original compositions, like
S-H-I-N-E, as he provides the energetic interplay. The difference between East
Coast/ West Coast Jazz was a hot topic at the time as critics and jazz fans took
sides, but when Getz was in California give his club date at Hollywood's former
jazz club Zardi's when he was greeted by a back-up band, he was one of a few
jazz musicians to straighten out the East/ West Coast controversy, which led to
the making of this album. Just as timeless and fascinating as ever, West Coast
Jazz captures him at his most lyrical--and digitally-remastered in it's expanded
format, his masterpiece will ring even brighter.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Getz still had echoes of Lester Young in his playing when this was recorded. However, you can also hear the seeds of his own sound, especially in the context of the hard bop... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mike Tarrani
A very typical West Coast Recording. With Conte Candoli, Leroy Vinnegar, Lou Levy, and Shelly Manne, it's a definite West Coast recording. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Liam Watson
This album takes me back to the summer of 1965 and some pretty good musical memories. I guess they called it "West Coast" because of the lighter, more airy tone that these... Read morePublished on May 22, 2011 by Jay Brown
Ignore the title "West Coast Jazz," which Getz later would admit was a mere ploy to lure a certain segment of the early 1950s jazz audience. Read morePublished on April 3, 2009 by Giuseppe C.
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Heard this on KJAZZ and just had to have it. Very cool. It's my first Stan Getz CD.