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Album Review

A 12-cut "very best of" Stan Getz? If it's on Verve it can come close, at least in the era of post-consumerism. What this collection does very successfully is mark the great saxophonist's most pronounced periods, from West Coast and bebop to hard bop, from bossa nova to balladeer to his final period with the great pianist Kenny Barron. Sure, "The Girl from Ipanema" and "Desafinado" are here but, more importantly perhaps, so are his deeply moving version of Billy Strayhorn's "Blood Count," recorded when he knew he was dying of cancer (Strayhorn wrote the tune for the same reason), his stomping bop version of Duke Ellington's "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)," and the very late whispering version of Mal Waldron's "Soul Eyes." This is a beautiful little collection that would be a fine introduction to Getz as a jazz master and not just a bossa nova innovator.

Customer Reviews

"Con Alma"

"Con Alma" alone is worth the price of the album! (I just heard it on KKJZ and I had to get it!) This is classic Stan Getz. If you love this album, you'll love one of his last albums, "Anniversary" - A 'must have' for any jazz collection.

The Best!

This is absoulutley the best!!! His music is excellent! Bosa Nova!


Normally not a huge jazz fan but was turned onto this albulm from a friend and love it!


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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