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Between his celebrated late-1940s tenure in Woody Herman’s big band and his beloved bossa nova recordings of the early 1960s, tenor Stan Getz produced some of his most robust and lasting albums, mostly in a straight bop vein. Recorded in Hollywood in August of 1955, West Coast Jazz utilized the talents of L.A.’s finest: trumpeter Conte Candoli, pianist Lou Levy, bassist Leroy Vinnegar, and drummer Shelly Manne. At a time when “West Coast jazz” was being dismissed back in New York as too cool and cerebral, the title was meant to be a joke; all of the players here were East Coast transplants, and by this point, Getz’s dry, feathery, Lester Young-inspired style had been injected with a dose of Charlie Parker’s combustibility. Still, it’s hard to deny the certain subtle distinctions in his elegant tone, in the band’s relaxed, fluid interplay, and in the smoothed edges of the rhythm section, especially on leisurely standards like “East of the Sun” and “Summertime.” Three bop chestnuts of then-recent vintage — Dizzy Gillespie’s “A Night in Tunisia,” Miles Davis’s “Four,” and Horace Silver’s “Split Kick” — raise the temperature, but most memorable is “S-H-I-N-E,” an obscure 1920s pop tune that is taken at a blistering pace and includes some of Getz’s most agile and sizzling work.

Customer Reviews


For someone just entering the Jazz World, this is amazing. I truly enjoy it! With this, you don't have to pick and choose what songs you like/don't like because they are all GOOD. Cheers..

Great early Getz

Ranks up there with any of Getz's Roost albums. PS: that's Conte Candoli on trumpet, not Diz.

Great stuff!

I actually bought this one for a friend. Great stuff! I particulary like Dizzy Gillespie's solo on SHINE


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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