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Stan Getz / Cal Tjader Sextet Original recording remastered

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There is no guarantee that you can throw a collection of gifted musicians into a studio and emerge at the end of the day or night with a great recording. Plenty of dull all-star jam sessions on record prove otherwise. Sometimes, however, the quick mix-and-match approach works. There are few instances of its working better than in this encounter between Cal Tjader and Stan Getz. No one could have predicted that the result would be one of the finest albums of both men's careers. The quality of the other participants improved the odds, even though in 1958 none of them was, by any stretch of the term, an all- star. Vince Guaraldi and Eddie Duran had achieved small national reputations, but Scott LaFaro and Billy Higgins were barely known outside of Los Angeles jazz circles. With the uncanny ESP that sometimes operates in meetings of like-minded strangers who happen to be first-rate jazz artists, they coalesced behind Getz and Tjader and worked hand-in-glove with one another. Guaraldi's Ginza and Tjader's 'Liz-Anne have become jazz standards. Remastered with 24-bit technology, this album is a jazz classic in every respect.
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Digital Booklet: Stan Getz/Cal Tjader Sextet [Original Jazz Classics Remasters]
Digital Booklet: Stan Getz/Cal Tjader Sextet [Original Jazz Classics Remasters]
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  • Audio CD (March 15, 2011)
  • Rmst ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Original Jazz Classics
  • ASIN: B004JZJ7QK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,419 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is a sweet 1958 West Coast jazz session that brought together vibraphonist Cal Tjader and tenor saxophonist Stan Getz. Also playing on the session is noted San Francisco pianist Vince Guaraldi, guitarist Eddie Duran, bassist Scott LaFaro and drummer Billy Higgins. Each of the side men were starting to stir up some notice, though they were each a few years away from their breakthroughs. Getz stands at the session's center, but leaves room for the others to solo; Guaraldi and Duran offer some particularly interesting lines on "Ginza Samba" and "Crow's Nest." Tjader swings a few tunes, but it's his breezy touch on the ballads that partners most fruitfully with the cool of Getz's sax. The band creates a relaxed mood for Lerner and Lowe's "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face" and swings warmly through Tjader's waltz "Liz-Anne." The seven tracks recorded here turned out to be all there is - no alternates, no outtakes - a remarkable occurrence for an ad hoc band that recorded with no rehearsal. The ability of the players to cohere in such short-order (the entire session was three hours) is a testament to both their talent as players, and their shared vision as musicians. Those with an earlier reissue might still want to check this out for Joe Tarantino's 24-bit remaster and new liner notes by Doug Ramsey. Ralph J. Gleason's original notes are included in a reproduction of the album's back cover, as well as in a surprisingly error-filled transcription within the set's booklet. [©2011 hyperbolium dot com]
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What more classic a jazz album is there than "Sextet," the celebrated 1958 recording with the all-star cast. To put it mildly, it's terrific.

The players involved are Cal Tjader, vibes; Stan Getz, tenor sax; Vince Guaraldi, piano; Eddie Duran, guitar; Scott Lafaro, bass; and Billy Higgins, drums. Of course, not all of them were at the time as well known as they are today; but, still, it was a remarkable feat for Fantasy Records to gather them together for a one-time recording shot. No one figured just how memorable or how historic the occasion would be.

This is jazz for people who say they don't care much for jazz. I mean, how could one resist so affecting a number as their rendition of "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face" from the then-new stage musical "My Fair Lady"? It's all quite easy to grow accustomed to when every member of the ensemble is so thoroughly professional and skilled his position. The players had never performed before as a group, yet their contributions are so seamless, you'd think they had been working together for years.

While much of the music is laid-back and genial, there is a particular track that finds the group at its rollicking best: a fast dance called "Ginza Samba." They swing in the best sense, backing each other with supportive figures in a remarkably able fashion. Likewise, after starting the album in relatively lyric form, the fellows do the final three numbers up tempo. Pick your mood.

John J. Puccio
Classical Candor
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As opposed to so much of their later Bossa Nova influenced playing, these guys really swing on this outing. Very Bob oriented and will really get your blood pumping and toes tapping. The overall tone of the recording is quite good, but it does have a bit of that early stereo left-right thing going. There is a bit of hole in the middle of the image if you know what I mean. Overall, a very enjoyable outing.
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They call this music classic because it doesn't get any better. I started listing to jazz at 9 or 10 thanks to a much older brother. I hadn't listen to this for at least 30 years. It is great to rediscover this incredible music.
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How this escaped me I do not know, but I recently discovered this on a Stan Getz set called Stan Getz: Eight Classic Albums and was blown away by both the line-up and the music itself.

Music first: listen to the sound samples on this page for that. To my ears it's incredible. I own a few Tjader albums and have been a fan from the first time I heard him on some early Brubeck albums. Getz is also one of my favorites. But to be honest, the cherry on top for me is Scott LaFaro. My treasured Bill Evans recordings are the ones that feature him and Paul Motian backing Evans. Put together with Vince Guaraldi on piano, Eddie Duran on guitar and Billy Higgins on drums and you have an all star ensemble playing incredible music.

This album was recorded for Fantasy in San Francisco on February 8, 1958. For me personally this one has moved up to my short list of favorite albums by either Getz or Tjader, and it gets frequent play time - especially when I am driving.
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I'm not a fan of tropical music, but Cal Tjader had recorded at least two albums with jazz flavor. The first is Extremes which is one best jazz albums using xylophone and this is the second I know about of. Also deserves five stars!
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love stan getz and caj tjader glad to finally have recording of them together am looking find another cd of tjader - concert by the sea
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There are better Cal Tjader albums like Cuban Fantasy and Soul Sauce, but if you are a Stan Getz fan this is an interesting album in that he has done a lot or Brazilian themed music.
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