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This sampler of Stan Getz's Verve recordings was released at the same time (in 1996) as a definitive biography also titled A Life in Jazz. The 11 selections are all excellent but would have been more effective if released in chronological order. There are three numbers from the 1950s, five from the '60s, one from 1987 and two from 1991 including a version of "Night and Day" that is taken from the tenor's final recording session. Highlights include "Billie's Bounce" (a 1957 collaboration with trombonist J.J. Johnson), "Corcovado" from the Getz/Gilberto album and "Summertime" with Gary Burton; there is also a guest shot with Abbey Lincoln. All of the selections are available elsewhere but this CD serves as a good introduction to Stan Getz's musical magic.

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A comprehensive introduction to Stan Getz's music

This aptly titled Musical Biography offers a little of everything: Stan with strings, playing Bossa Nova with João Gilberto, hard swinging, slow jamming, playing standards from Gershwin and Cole Porter, teaming up with divas like Ella Fitzgerald. An essential album for those wanting to enter Stan Getz's world.


Born: February 2, 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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