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Four Classic Albums [Focus / The Soft Swing / West Coast Jazz / Cool Velvet] [Double CD]

Stan Getz Audio CD
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Stan Getz was a tenor saxophonist of the first rank who, while exploring and pursuing a purity of musical expression, maintained a large following. He attracted it early in his career with his recording of "Early Autumn" with the Woody Herman band in 1948, more or less sustained it during the Fifties (which were not always tranquil times for him), and then, in the early Sixties, ... Read more in Amazon's Stan Getz Store

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  • Audio CD (21 May 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Avid Jazz
  • ASIN: B007W36OE4
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,071 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Focus: I'm Late, I'm Late
2. Focus: Her
3. Focus: Pan
4. Focus: I Remember When
5. Focus: Night Rider
6. Focus: Once Upon A Time
7. Focus: A Summer Afternoon
8. The Soft Swing: All The Things You Are
9. The Soft Swing: Pocono Mac
10. The Soft Swing: Down Beat
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. West Coast Jazz: Four
2. West Coast Jazz: Suddenly It's Spring
3. West Coast Jazz: Night In Tunisia
4. West Coast Jazz: Summertime
5. West Coast Jazz: Shine
6. Cool Velvet: The Thrill Is Gone
7. Cool Velvet: It Never Entered My Mind
8. Cool Velvet: Early Autumn
9. Cool Velvet: When I Go, I Go All The Way
10. Cool Velvet: A New Town Is A Blue Town
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AVID Jazz here presents four classic Stan Getz albums including original LP liner notes on a finely re-mastered and low priced double CD. 'Focus'; 'The Soft Swing'; 'West Coast Jazz' and 'Cool Velvet' Two hard to find on CD albums help to make up our second outing for the remarkable Stan Getz 'The Soft Swing' and 'Cool Velvet'! 'Focus'…………Recorded in 1961, 'Focus' was commissioned by Stan Getz and composed and arranged by Eddie Sauter, Getz having admired Sauters work since he had played it with Benny Goodman at the age of 18! 'Focus'………. 'is very rare……… is not jazz in the forms we have come to accept…….it is music of a very high calibre both written and improvised'. 'The Soft Swing'…………the first of our hard to find on CD selections, has an interesting line up for Stan in 1957 with Mose Allison, no less, on piano, Jerry Segal on drums and Addison Farmer on bass. Here we find Stan opening up both emotionally and rhythmically albeit still retaining his ability and desire to play beautiful ballads alongside band lifting stompers! 'West Coast Jazz'………….The result of a live set at Zardies in Hollywood one hot sticky night in 1955 where Stan had put together a pick up band comprising West Coast musicians Conte Candoli, Lou Levy, Leroy Vinnegar and Shelly Manne. Getz thought the band was so hot he decided to get the sound down on record and 'West Coast Jazz' is the result ……………!! 'Cool Velvet'…………the second of our hard to find on CD selections this album finds Stan with strings! As the original liner notes attest…… 'it is doubtful whether there is anyone whose style is better suited to the muted emotions of a string background than Stan Getz'. Recorded in Stuttgart, Germany in 1960 with European musicians Getz manages to craft together a work of sensibility and melodic wit selecting tracks like 'Round Midnight' and 'Whisper Not' and bringing to them his own inimitable style. All four albums have been digitally re-mastered for probably the finest ever sound quality!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Getz Playing With Distinction 19 Jun 2012
By ACB (swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Avid have produced another budget compilation of four Getz albums on 2 discs with digital remastering producing superb sound. (Focus and Cool Velvet were recorded in stereo). They vary in style but the common denominator is the sublime tenor saxophonist Stan Getz.
Some of these have been presented in various forms over the years (Focus,The Soft Swing,West Coast Jazz). What we have here is the core of the classic albums.

1: FOCUS. Recorded in New York over 3 months late 1961 and released in 1962. Composed and arranged by Eddie Sauter and the orchestra conducted by Hershy Kay. There were no written parts for Getz, his improvisation gliding above the strings.
He is in stunning form. From his entrance on 'I'm Late-I'm Late', this is clearly special. The track tacks together the only 2 takes of the composition. Whether taking the faster 'Night Rider', or the delicate ballads 'Her' (dedicated to Stan's mother), 'I Remember When' and 'A Summer Afternoon', Stan is masterful. This was apparently the album that Stan Getz was most proud of.

2: THE SOFT SWING. These tracks were the last recorded by Stan before he left America for Copenhagen. The numbers are the New York recordings (July 1957) that appeared on one side of the original release (plus Pocono Mac). Mose Allison(p), Addison Farmer(b),Jerry Segal(d). The other side of the original was recorded in Hollywood with different backing. Getz takes the reins with a highly individual 'All The Things You Are' and a fine interpretation of the much-recorded 'To The Ends Of The Earth'. Mose Allison plays some earthy 12 bar piano on 'Down Beat'.

3: WEST COAST JAZZ. These numbers were amongst those played in Zardi's, a leading jazz club in Hollywood. Conte Condoli(t), Lou Levy(p),Leroy Vinnegar(b), Shelley Manne(d).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stan Getz 8 Nov 2012
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Four Classic Albums (Focus / The Soft Swing / West Coast Jazz / Cool Velvet)
Stan Getz was the best tenor jazz player I've ever had the pleasure to listen to. His place in jazz history is cemented in all the wonderful albums he recorded. These four albums represent just a small part of that jazz history. From 1952 onwards, Stan was involved in many superb jazz albums, playing with such greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Stitt, Gerry Mulligan, Oscar Peterson, Shelly Manne and a host of other wonderful musicians. For that great dinner party, you would be hard-pushed to beat "Cool Velvet". I've used it on many occasions and it's amazing how the youngsters quickly get 'tuned' into the music, asking questions about this great artist. It's one of my choices to get them to listen to more albums of the great American Music scene.
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5.0 out of 5 stars STAN GETZ GOING 21 May 2012
By Barry McCanna TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This double-disc set presents the original contents of four vinyl albums, the earliest being "West Coast Jazz" which dates from August 1955. Stan had been fronting a group at Zardi's in Hollywood, which comprised Conte Candoli, Lou Levy, Leroy Vinnegar and Shelley Manne, and the quintet was such a success that a recording session followed. Stan really blows up a storm on "Shine" but his leathery tone dominates the proceedings throughout. "The Soft Swing" was recorded two years later, with Mose Allison on piano, Addison Farmer on bass and Jerry Segal on drums. "Cool Velvet" was recorded in West Germany in March 1960 with a string orchestra conducted by Russell Garcia. Jazz it may not be, but who cares? Finally, "Focus" comes from late 1961, and features Stan improvising against a string orchestra playing arrangements by Eddie Sauter. Of all his recordings, and there were many, this was Stan's favourite. "Cool Velvet" and "Focus" were both recorded in stereo, and the sound quality is quite breathtaking.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Strings? No thanks 7 Nov 2013
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Two of the four albums are good, but I personally don't get on with the strings CDs as I do with Clifford Brown. Getz himself is never at a loss - but I find the strings schmaltzy and irritating.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jazz 27 Feb 2013
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This double CD by Stan Getz represents good value and gives a picture of his work over a period. Well worth a listen.
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