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Stan Getz spent much of his career on Verve, and recorded nearly all of his landmarks there, beginning in the early '50s and extending to 1967's Sweet Rain. Therefore, even a two-hour compilation of his best work on Verve will be incomplete and fragmentary at best. The two-disc Gold set, however, tries very hard indeed, and ends up providing a crude summation of what made Getz so special to cool jazz and, later, Brazilian forms. Much of the first disc includes highlights from his co-billed albums, including those with Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, J.J. Johnson, and Oscar Peterson, as well as the standouts from his early album projects The Steamer and Focus. The second disc is predominantly Brazilian, beginning with seven cuts from his early-'60s explosion of work that culminated with the pop album hit Getz/Gilberto and its Top Ten single, "The Girl from Ipanema." Later projects with Bill Evans (from 1964) and Herb Alpert (1989) end the compilation with some degree of closure. At best, Gold is a serviceable launching pad to the investigation of a great jazz career.


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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