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Stan Getz

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 Dorsey (1945), and Benny Goodman (1945-1946); he soloed on a few records with Goodman. Getz, who had his recording debut as a leader in July 1946 with four titles, became famous during his period with Woody Herman's Second Herd (1947-1949), soloing (along with Zoot Sims, Herbie Steward, and Serge Chaloff) on the original version of "Four Brothers" and having his sound well-featured on the ballad "Early Autumn." After leaving Herman, Getz was (with the exception of some tours with Jazz at the Philharmonic) a leader for the rest of his life.

During the early '50s, Getz broke away from the Lester Young style to form his own musical identity and he was soon among the most popular of all jazzmen. He discovered Horace Silver in 1950 and used him in his quartet for several months. After touring Sweden in 1951, he formed an exciting quintet that co-featured guitarist Jimmy Raney; their interplay on uptempo tunes and tonal blend on ballads were quite memorable. Getz's playing helped Johnny Smith have a hit in "Moonlight in Vermont"; during 1953-1954, Bob Brookmeyer made his group a quintet and, despite some drug problems during the decade, Getz was a constant poll winner. After spending 1958-1960 in Europe, the tenorman returned to the U.S. and recorded his personal favorite album, Focus, with arranger Eddie Sauter's Orchestra. Then, in February 1962, Getz helped usher in the bossa nova era by recording Jazz Samba with Charlie Byrd; their rendition of "Desafinado" was a big hit. During the next year, Getz made bossa nova-flavored albums with Gary McFarland's big band, Luiz Bonfá, and Laurindo Almeida, but it was Getz/Gilberto (a collaboration with Antonio Carlos Jobim and João Gilberto) that was his biggest seller, thanks in large part to "The Girl from Ipanema" (featuring the vocals of Astrud and João Gilberto).

Getz could have spent the next decade sticking to bossa nova, but instead he de-emphasized the music and chose to play more challenging jazz. His regular group during this era was a piano-less quartet with vibraphonist Gary Burton, he recorded with Bill Evans (1964), played throughout the 1965 Eddie Sauter soundtrack for Mickey One, and made the classic album Sweet Rain (1967) with Chick Corea. Although not all of Getz's recordings from the 1966-1980 period are essential, he proved that he was not afraid to take chances. Dynasty with organist Eddie Louiss (1971), Captain Marvel with Chick Corea (1972), and The Peacocks with Jimmy Rowles (1975) are high points. After utilizing pianist Joanne Brackeen in his 1977 quartet, Getz explored some aspects of fusion with his next unit which featured keyboardist Andy Laverne. Getz even used an Echoplex on a couple of songs but, despite some misfires, most of his dates with this unit are worthwhile. However, purists were relieved when he signed with Concord in 1981 and started using a purely acoustic backup trio on most dates. Getz's sidemen in later years included pianists Lou Levy, Mitchell Forman, Jim McNeely, and Kenny Barron. His final recording, 1991's People Time, (despite some shortness in the tenor's breath) is a brilliant duet set with Barron.

Throughout his career Getz recorded as a leader for Savoy, Spotlite, Prestige, Roost, Verve, MGM, Victor, Columbia, SteepleChase, Concord, Sonet, Black Hawk, A&M, and EmArcy among other labels (not to mention sessions with Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie, and Gerry Mulligan) and there are dozens of worthy records by the tenor currently available on CD. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi
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I spent many enjoyable evenings listening to Mr. Getz play such a soulful saxophone, the sounds were absolutely fantastic, as mellow as it could be
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Getz meets Mulligan is one of the best LP's ever recorded.
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poppa_bear49
Just sit back and ENJOY!!!...
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Thanks for the Bossa Nova years Stan! Makes my heart melt.
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Would like to give Charlie Byrd credit for his innovative guitar riffs on this album. Another jazz/bossa nova master.
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Getz, the master of smooth
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papa849
open country features some of the best tenor work I've ever heard, and without the harsh tone that so many exhibited in that day
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It's good for me to hear more of Stan Getz than the bossa nova stuff.
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Sanjay and Craig's theme song


Singer: looking for a pet one day Sanjay found a talking snake the perfect match was made saying dude What's up Sanjay and Craig there in the best friends hall of fame Sanjay and Craig there is no best friends hall of fame they made it up boom
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Mmmmmm.... Smooooooooth
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I'm not a big fan of the xylophone in Jazz but Mr. Hampton was pretty proficient with the instrument. I lean slightly more towards The MJQ, although still a fan of Stan Getz.
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Beautiful and melodious..n e v e r tire of hearing.
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smooth and sweet !
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linda.rae301
Raderg & I must be the same age. Loved Bossa Nova when I first heard it back when & still do.
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Randomly stumbled on Bossa Nova in 1962 while in high school. First Stan Getz album I bought was Jazz Samba. Still love Bossa Nova and Stan Getz- Mr. Smoooooth!
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timberwolves 7
Living in Aspen '78-'80, I saw Getz was playing at, of all places, a Holiday Inn out by the airport. Went mid-day to get tickets for that night and caught about a 3-hr rehearsal in the bar. Sitting back with a drink with less than a dozen people - most who worked there - and his 5 or 6 sidemen; it was funny and relaxed and wailin' - ten times better than the concert that night. Mr. Smooth.
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Cool.
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david.bloomf i e l d 8
As John Coltrane said,Sure we would all play like Stan Getz, if we could.
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omurphy598
Randomly found "Stan the Man" at a thrift store and was instantly hooked.
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Smooth, easy listening.
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Timeless.... . . . . . . . . . . .
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One of the best.. Love it.
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Stan Getz played with Jimmy Dorsey and Benny Goodman! I have been listening to him for years. This is what my dad played at home on the hifi:)
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Stan Getz ,meraviglios o davvero !
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Love everything Brazilian... Just creates the right mood... Right atmosphere.. . . Aahhhh
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STAN GETZ'S SAMBA / BOSSA NOVA flow is HYPNOTIQUE ��������
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tambakanko20 0 4
Divine!
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VERY VERY NICE AND GENTLE LISTENING
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can't get any smoother
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fantastic
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Love this TIMELESS!
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philliphowar d 1
I started at an early age listening to JAZZ, thanks to my Mom. She would play it Sunday morning while my sister and I were at church, we would come home, she would be cooking breakfast and the RADIO would be playing it and I would always ask her about The Girl From Ipanema when I would hear it. The thing about it is that I wasn't even 10 yet
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This is one of my favorites. Incredibly beautiful... . . . .
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...Lets dance, such cadence...so romantic!
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Great smooth Tenor Sax. His sound was the best.
John
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johncawthorn e 9 6 1
Great!
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Timeless...a s welcome as a cool breeze on a warm summer day...
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Love it, love it, love it!!!
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Awsome!
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silky smooth and oh so easy to swallow
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Thats is nice on the ears
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I was privileged to first hear Stan Getz at the 1962 Monterey Jazz Festival as he played along side Charlie Byrd. They introduced Jazz Samba that year and it was for sale outside the arena for a whopping $5.00. My wife had a fit that I gave that much for an LP. But I knew that it would be a classic and I just had to have it.
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hans.ingemar . j o h a n s s o n
cool to the utmost
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Love Stan Getz!
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like it
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Waleed Yacoub like stan getz
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Whoooooooooa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . : - D =-O :-D =-O :-D
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The most amazing part of the music is how well Getz wove his sound into and around the intricate rhythms that are the Bossa Nova sound.
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Lost sessions beautiful album...many thanks...
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@joseph_nowa k 0 - agreed.
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