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Album Review

The Stan Getz entry in Universal Music's discount-priced best-of series 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection is a pop fan's look at a jazz artist. Drawing upon the Verve Records catalog, the selection leans heavily on Getz's popular bossa nova records of the early '60s, particularly the number one Jazz Samba LP and the number two Getz/Gilberto, including the hit singles "The Girl from Ipanema" and "Desafinado," which are placed up front in the sequencing. "Manha de Carnaval" (known to pop fans as "A Day in the Life of a Fool" for Carl Sigman's English-language lyric) and the 1967 version of "O Grande Amor" also come from albums that made the pop charts, Big Band Bossa Nova and Sweet Rain, respectively. That covers the first half of the disc, and on the second half, the songs are mostly familiar standards. "Early Autumn" is a remake from the 1960 album Cool Velvet, not the version Getz played with Woody Herman. Getz appears unaware of the downcast lyrics to Burt Bacharach and Hal David's "A House Is Not a Home," giving the tune a jaunty arrangement. That's in contrast to his treatment of Jimmy Webb's "Didn't We," which brings out all the melancholy Webb put in his words. It seems safe to say that a Getz fan, given the assignment of picking an hour's worth of the saxophonist's music, would not choose all of these tracks, but some of them definitely would make the cut, and the music offers variety, offering Getz Brazilian, big band, and even string backings, over which he plays with his usual assurance.~William Ruhlmann, Rovi

Customer Reviews

A Spectacular Album

I always loved Stan's performane in The Girl From Ipanema. I actually prefer the version found in his other album, Compact Jazz, but this is still a great Album. Stan Getz's Saxophone playing has always been a spectacular experience to hear.


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...
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  • $4.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, World, Hard Bop
  • Released: Jun 12, 2007

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