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Verve's Ultimate series lets the professionals do the picking. In the case of Ultimate Stan Getz, tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson selected the cuts that fill this 12-track sampler of Getz delicacies. Roughly spanning the latter '50s to the late '60s, the disc takes in Getz's work with Oscar Peterson, arranger Eddie Sauter ("Once Upon a Time" from the Focus album), and Dizzy Gillespie ("Siboney, Pt. 2"), as well as the obligatory bossa cut ("Desafinado"). There are also some fine sides from his early West Coast sessions ("S-H-I-N-E") and 1967's stellar date with Chick Corea, Sweet Rain ("Con Alma"). A solid and unique Getz roundup.


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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