Stan Getz - Anniversary!
Year: 1987 (Recorded live at the Cafe Montmartre, Copenhagen, Denmark)
Label: Universal (2003)
Total time: 70:03
Bitrate: 320 kbps
As he did to celebrate his 50th birthday, Stan Getz performed at the Montmartre Club in Copenhagen at the time of his 60th birthday. This enjoyable set (mostly lengthy versions of standards) finds the veteran tenor still very much in his prime and greatly assisted by pianist Kenny Barron, bassist Rufus Reid and drummer Victor Lewis. Worth picking up.
- by Scott Yanow, AMG
Stan Getz was 60, sick and considered washed up by many in jazz after a decade or so of trying to follow the latest trends like fusion.
But he was off the drugs and alchohol. He went back to doing what he did best, beatiful lyric saxophone, 3d blue velvet fog sculpted notes on jazz standards. ( No bossa nova ). Ballads and bebop. The result is one of the greatest comeback albums of all time, rival's Bob Dylan's latest.
There is no attempt to be "cool". He is more expressive and emotional ( happy, sad ) than his early work, without ever sounding angry or cynical.
Excellent back up band. Excellent recording.
2005 update - of all the Getz albums I have, and I have a lot, this is the one I listen to most. More than Getz/Gilberto, more than Bossa & Ballads, more than Jazz Samba, etc. The music just pours from his soul as if the sax were connected to his heart. All are masterpieces but "Blood Count" "Stella By Starlight", "I thought about you" and "I Can't get Started" sparkle with a real magic.
Highest recommendation ~ rash67
This is a wonderful album. The tunes and the performances are tremendous. I don't know who the keyboard player is but if you enjoy piano, that in itself is worth the album. The band is so tight and smooth; excellent recording. Highly recommended. ~ T. Arnold "Blind Tex"
Stan Getz (Tenor Saxophone)
Kenny Barron (Piano)
Rufus Reid (Double Bass)
Victor Lewis (Drums)
Stan Getz - Anniversary! Tracks:
01 El Cahon (Johnny Mandel) 4:04
02 I Can't Get Started (Vernon Duke/Ira Gershwin) 9:45
03 Stella by Starlight (Ned Washington/Victor Young) 8:22
04 Stans's Blues (Gigi Gryce) 10:27
05 I Thought About You (Johnny Mercer/Jimmy Van Hausen) 12:35
06 What is This Thing Called Love (Cole Porter) 11:29
07 Blood Count (Billy Strayhorn) 13:18