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Album Review

As a description, early spring doesn't fit the recording dates of this Stan Getz compilation; they actually range from December of 1950 to October of the following year. But the title actually refers to the first recording, "Early Spring," a January session for the Metronome All-Stars featuring Getz alongside fellow bop heroes Miles Davis, Max Roach, Lee Konitz, and George Shearing. The rest of the disc picks up a few odd dates for Getz-led quartets or quintets, the first two featuring pianist Horace Silver and the last two including guitarist Jimmy Raney. Although the material is fair — Silver contributes "Potter's Luck" and Getz proves a whiz at standards ("Thou Swell," "The Song Is You") — the truth is that this compilation includes very little of what made Stan Getz so special, neither during his entire career, the post-war period, nor even during 1951 itself.


Born: 02 February 1927 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

One of the all-time great tenor saxophonists, Stan Getz was known as "The Sound" because he had one of the most beautiful tones ever heard. Getz, whose main early influence was Lester Young, grew to be a major influence himself and to his credit he never stopped evolving. Getz had the opportunity to play in a variety of major swing big bands while a teenager due to the World War II draft. He was with Jack Teagarden (1943) when he was just 16, followed by stints with Stan Kenton (1944-1945), Jimmy...
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