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Album Review

The only studio meeting between Stan Getz and Bill Evans took place over two days in 1964, with the aggressive drummer Elvin Jones and either Richard Davis or Ron Carter on bass. It is peculiar that Verve shelved the results for over a decade before issuing any of the music, though it may have been felt that Getz and Evans hadn't had enough time to achieve the desired chemistry, though there are memorable moments. The punchy take of "My Heart Stood Still," the elegant interpretation of "Grandfather's Waltz," and the lush setting of the show tune "Melinda" all came from the first day's session, with Davis on bass. (Evidently he was unavailable the following day, so Carter replaced him.) Evans' driving, challenging "Funkallero" is the obvious highlight from day two, though the gorgeous "But Beautiful" and the breezy setting of "Night and Day" are also enjoyable. Only the brief version of "Carpetbagger's Theme," which seems badly out of place and suggestive of the label's interference with the session, is a bit of a disappointment. Obviously neither Getz nor Evans liked the tune, as they go through the motions in a very brief performance. [Some reissues add three unissued alternate takes, though additional material from the sessions was included in the box set The Complete Bill Evans on Verve.]

Customer Reviews

What the?

If I ever saw "napolion" in a bar I'd hit him. He obviously must have his "namesake's" complex. Were you expecting rap? This is a top of the line horn player and EASILY one of the top TOP pianists of all time. If you don't know about this kind of music then just don't write a review. However, I do imagine that for all of the somewhat experienced listeners out there "napolion"s review probably made them go thru the following mental process... 1)this guy doesn't "roll like that" 2)he's obviously a moron 3)that means this is probably a pretty good album... I'll take it!


Stan Getz's one of my favorite tenorists; he played it so beautifully... I also listen to him on bossa nova. I love it.

Timeless classic

Great album from two masters of jazz. Standouts are But Beautiful, Melinda, and Carpetbagger's Waltz, but whole album is solid.


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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