This 10 CD box contains around 500 minutes of recordings featuring Stan Getz from between 1946 and 1957. Most of those were originally released under his own name, but there is also stuff lead by (or cooperations with) Terry Gibbs, Al Haig, Jimmy Raney, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Oscar Peterson and J. J. Johnson. After browsing some of the albums included here, it's safe to say that there are quite a few recordings that were most probably not released on CD before. Unlike most other documents wallet boxes this one comes with band names, recording locations and recording dates for all tracks.
Crocodile is an Austin TX based progressive rock band formed (in the classic style of Gentle Giant, Genesis, Jethro Tull and ELP). Prog with teeth. They make progressive yet accessible music that is vibrant and creative, in an effort to recapture the inventive charm inspired by the original pioneers of the genre. This is their debut album released in February 2018.
In response to shortsighted comments implying that Stan Getz and Zoot Sims sounded too much like each other and too similar to Lester Young, Ira Gitler liked to use the analogy of "…a friend calling you on the telephone. You know who it is immediately. It's the same thing when you hear a musician play." The secret, of course, is to listen so carefully and consistently that you feel as though you have become a friend of the artist. This sort of empathy is a vital ingredient in jazz - the empathy between composers, players, and listeners. Hearing Stan Getz recorded live in performance at Boston's Storyville club on October 28, 1951, spells it out marvelously…
This CD collates 3 dates made within less than a month by the same quintet on the West Coast. The enclosed recordings with Getz, partly arranged by Bob Brookmeyer, predate his long collaboration with Gerry Mulligan. The frontline of trombone and tenor sax without trumpet, although rather unusual, proves highly successful. The selections include unexpected oldies such as Roger Wolfe Khan's Crazy Rhythm from 1928 or the inevitable It Don't Mean A Thing, pepped up by Brookmeyer. Although the two horns are in the limelight, pianist John Williams also contributes several remarkable solos. All in all, this short lived group has rarely been ranked among Getz's best but the present music underlines just how well it played that summer of 1953.
Live in Birdland! This is a good recording of a great show! (may actually be a complilation of several shows) It's really fun to hear the announcments of the next number that are apparently for radio audience. The sound quality is quite good considering the year (1952-3) and the band really swings during classics like 'Lullaby of Birdland', 'Stella by Starlight' and 'How High the Moon'.
Stan Getz meets João & Astrud Gilberto: New York 1964 is a live recording of bossa nova in the making. In 1989, the Giants of Jazz label released a live recording of a 1964 New York City performance featuring Stan Getz, João Gilberto and Astrud Gilberto, his then-wife. The album, entitled Stan Getz meets João & Astrud Gilberto is actually misleading: the trio had met previously in 1963 for the recording of the wildly successful album Getz/Gilberto, which was released in 1964 and set off the bossa nova frenzy in the U.S. As a result of that album’s success, the Brazilian Gilbertos and the American Getz played a number of shows in the U.S., such as the one recorded here. Released as part of the “Immortal Concerts” series, this recording exhibits the chemistry the three obviously shared and captures bossa nova in its infancy, as it was still being created and defined.