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Album Review

On this LP the great tenor Stan Getz is heard with a quartet comprised of pianist Albert Dailey, bassist Clint Houston and drummer Billy Hart. Together they stretch out on four extended performances (all between nine and 11 minutes long) that are highlighted by "Lover Man" and "Invitation." More straightahead than Getz's other Columbia albums of the period, this set finds him really pushing himself.

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Amazing quartet that deserves an audience

This album is a masterpiece, if only for the extraordinary performance of "Lover Man," which finds Getz at his most lyrical. Pianist Albert Dailey follows Getz's solo, and he presents a masterclass in phrasing, use of space, and harmonic mastery. In his solo, Dailey eventually sheds Hart's drums and Houston's bass, and closes the tune alone. We take a stirring and poignant journey to the end with Dailey, who punctuates the almost-ten-minute performance with a somber question mark. The mere fact that the tune eschews the typical head-solo-solo-head frame makes this a refreshing track to hear, but the genius of Getz and Dailey make it truly one of the most moving performances of a ballad in jazz history.

The other three tunes are outstanding as well, and serve as a window into Getz's influences in this era of his life, which clearly include Charlie Parker and Coltrane.


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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The Master, Stan Getz
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  • $6.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Hard Bop
  • Released: Oct 01, 1975

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