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More Getz for Lovers by Stan Getz

Stan Getz was a perfectionist. He once described the ideal saxophone player as one who combined his technique, Al Cohn's ideas and Zoot Sims' time. He also said, "All you can do is play melody. No matter how complicated it gets, it's still a melody." Getz never let technique get in the way of melody; you never saw him sweat. That ability and his unique tone, described by pianist Lou Levy as "pure gold" make him a perfect fit for the For Lovers collection. Other artists in the series include Louis Armstrong, Chet Baker, John Coltrane, Ella Fitzgerald, Astrud Gilberto, Johnny Hartman, Billie Holiday, Carmen McRae, Oscar Peterson, Nina Simone, Sarah Vaughan, and Ben Webster.

Most of the songs in More Getz for Lovers were recorded in the 50s and 60s. On many his lyrical tenor is simply supported by a rhythm section. Getz is particularly eloquent on "When the Sun Comes Out", recorded in Copenhagen during 1960. The 1953 "Talk of the Town" displays the sensitive side of Dizzy Gillespie in a co-led session, backed by the Oscar Peterson trio and Max Roach, while Getz and Bob Brookmeyer produce a cool blend on "Berkeley Square." As you might expect, a couple of bossa novas are included and Getz solos passionately on both. Vocalist Maria Toledo delivers a delightful solo on "Insensitive" while the guitarists shine - Luis Bonfa on "Insensitive" and Charlie Byrd on " Desafinado."

The two most recent tracks are "Soul Eyes" and "Summer Wishes/Winter Dreams." The 1989 "Soul Eyes," a Mal Waldron composition, is possibly the least-known but most romantic tune on this disc and contains an inspired piano solo by Kenny Barron. Getz is in fine form on "Summer Wishes," recorded just months before his death in 1991. This song was written by Johnny Mandel with lyrics by the Bergmans. The arrangement, and impeccable phrasing, is by Abbey Lincoln. What more can I say?

The music is wonderful. Perhaps More Getz for Lovers will be followed by Still More Getz for Lovers. However if only the recording industry would devote more resources to creating new music, reissuing historic sessions, and less to mining their vaults for compilations. But then, the latter is easier and more profitable.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Stan Getz
  • CD Title: More Getz for Lovers
  • Genre: Cool Jazz
  • Year Released: 2006
  • Record Label: Verve
  • Rating: Five Stars
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