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There has never been an instrument that conveyed more romance than Stan Getz's tenor saxophone, from the breathy, beautiful tone--all air and gauze--to the rapturous sweep that he could bring to a melody. It's a sound both warm and cool--able to convey everything from hesitation to keening passion. Getz could also swing hard, but this compilation puts its emphasis squarely on the ballad side, picking up highlights from his Verve recordings from 1952 to 1968, placing him in intimate small groups to orchestral settings. Getz perfectly captures the breezy warmth of a Brazilian beach in his collaborations with João and Astrud Gilberto, including "Corcovado" and "Girl from Ipanema," while there's another kind of poetry in the way he floats across the orchestra on "Moonlight in Vermont" and "Alfie." Herb Ellis's guitar frames Getz beautifully on "I'm Glad There Is You," while Getz's stunning melodic invention is highlighted in two quartet tracks with pianist Bill Evans, "But Beautiful" and "Melinda." --Stuart Broomer
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Product Dimensions : 6.38 x 5.75 x 0.39 inches; 3.32 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Verve Records
- Item model number : 1822959
- SPARS Code : DDD
- Date First Available : July 27, 2006
- Label : Verve Records
- ASIN : B00005RTFY
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #50,701 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Gilberto of course add their talents on two or three songs as well. This is a mellow, relaxing cd that is worth owning and I suggest
if you enjoy the bossa nova style as done by Jobim and Astrud Gilberto then go for it, you won't be disappointed.
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Bossa nova is well represented here, from 'Corcovado' to his iconic 'Girl from Ipanema, and string pieces such as the silky 'Moonlight in Vermont', or 'Alfie'. Perhaps the cream of this collection (for me at least), lies in the small group pieces with legendary figures such as Bill Evans ('Melinda' & 'But Beautiful'), Gary Burton ('Here's that Rainy Day' & 'Little Girl Blue'), and Oscar Peterson and Herb Ellis ('I'm Glad there is You').
The interplay between the musicians, especially on the small group pieces, is a thing of real beauty, and the warmth and depth of the sound really contributes to this rich collection of late night jazz at its most romantically sumptuous. There are no strident or jagged notes here, just some blissfully haunting, soothing melodies.
If you're new to jazz, or Getz, this is probably the gentlest introduction around; if you enjoy this his other sessions are well worth investigating, perhaps starting with his 'Lost Sessions' Bossas & Ballads: The Lost Sessions and his final concerts at the Cafe Monmartre Caf? Montmartre , as these are closest to the rich ballad feel which Stan made his own.
Reasonable background notes and modest price make this well worth investigating (check it out on Amazon sampler). Why then only 4 stars? Simply that the bossa nova material is not my favourite Getz (I prefer his gorgeous sax sound within a small group setting), nor do I enjoy the vocal pieces as much. Have a listen to this, and decide where your own preferences lie. If you enjoy silky smooth, you'll be smitten!
Simply superb Getz! I don't regret buying this as a Getz fan.
I highly recommend this for a nice Sunday evening chill out cd or for a long quiet drive.
Bought a used one which was perfect when it arrived.