The Complete Stan Getz Columbia Albums
Limited Edition, Ltd ed.
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It was not long after tenor saxophonist Stan Getz (1927-1991) rose to fame during his late 1940's stint with the Woody Herman band that he came to be known as "The Sound." Few sobriquets have been so apt, for in his nearly half-century career, Getz retained an instrumental tone that, in blending an ethereal sonority with muscular heft, became both a jazz trademark and the inspiration for generations of horn players. Combined with his effervescent swing and a gift for lyrical melody making, Getz became one of the most popular and influential jazz musicians the music has known.
A teenage prodigy, Getz had already played with such illustrious Swing Era bandleaders as Benny Goodman before establishing himself as a star soloist in the Herman band's celebrated "Four Brothers" saxophone section; Getz s brief but beautiful turn on "Early Autumn" in 1949, catapulted him to stardom, an exalted position in the jazz universe he held until his death in 1991. Initially influenced by the airy sonority and melodiousness of saxophone legend Lester Young, Getz quickly developed his own instantly recognizable stylistic voice.
A renowned player throughout the bebop era of the 1940s and 50's, Getz achieved his greatest popularity in the early 1960s when his Jazz Samba and Getz-Gilberto albums, and the subsequent hit single, "The Girl From Ipanema," ushered in and defined the bossa nova craze. Getz, displaying the craving for new musical interest that characterized his entire career, then began working with adventurous younger players including Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Dave Holland and Fred Hersch. Never resting on his laurels, Getz, while maintaining his stature as the foremost mainstream saxophone stylist, continued to explore diverse musical paths. "The Sound" still rings clearly two decades since his passing.
The Complete Stan Getz Columbia Albums Collection (8 CDs):
1. Captain Marvel (1972) w/ Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Tony Williams
2. Stan Getz/Joao Gilberto: The Best Of Two Worlds (1975)
3. The Master (1975)
4. Stan Getz/ Jimmy Rowles: The Peacocks (1975)
5. Another World
6. Children Of The World
7. Forest Eyes (music composed, arranged & conducted by Jurre Haanstra)
8. Bonus Disc (U.S. Only): includes selections from Woody Herman Carnegie Hall 40th Anniversary Concert, Montreux Summit, and Havana Jam.
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Some might argue that the 1970s was the last decade when jazz remained a vibrant form of music, and all of the albums in this set present some of the seminal players of that era, including Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Jimmy Rowles, and Joao Gilberto. Most importantly for me, however, is that it is easy to see that Getz still was the "Sound" when these albums were recorded. His lyrical, masterful style is evident in full force, making this an outstanding collection.
If you don't want to make copies, store these CDs on Jewel boxes. It's amazing music.
Captain Marvel is probably the best effort Getz has come with for this box. It's outstanding music Getz produces together with Corea, Clark and Williams. It's one of the best fusion LP's of this age.
Then there is a solid standards CD called The Master. Nothing extraordinary, but solid and good Getz stuff.
Another World is another fusion attempt by Getz - And altho it does not reach the heights of Captain Marvel, it still is very enjoyable.
Presents Jimmie Rowles The Peacocks is an LP by Getz and the very same Jimmie Peacock. Highly enjoyable, and Jimmie Rowles is singing too.
Since I don't like Bossa Nova, "The Best of Two Worlds" is nothing for me. Altho it's an attempt to revive the good old times with Joao Gilberto, it's a shallow thing.
Children of the World is a shmatzy stringy thing which sounds terrible - even for kids. No need for it at all.
Forest Eyes is the soundtrack to an independent Dutch film. Even worse than Children of the World, it's horrible Getz. Forget it.
The Bonus disc is a live concert of The New Thundering Herd. So, yes, it's Getz, but no, it's not Getz, it's actually Woody Herman, and therefore it should really be a bonus disc, which it is.