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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 (9 Aug. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B00000479A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,989 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ACB(swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER on 20 Jan. 2014
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According to discographies, the extraordinary quartet formed by the inimitable Stan Getz with Kenny Barron on piano, Rufus Reid on bass and Victor Lewis on drums would record together on one sole occasion; two sets at Copenhagen's Café Montmartre on the night of July 6th, 1987. Both sets were recorded and subsequently issued on two of Getz's most acclaimed albums of his later career; 'Anniversary' and 'Serenity'. At the time of the recording Getz was finally drug and alcohol free (at the age of 60). Despite knowing he was sick (and would die in 1991) the two albums give no hint of this.

On 'Serenity' he plays with a freedom and improvises with long flowing solos and choruses that take him in and out of the chords of the melody almost disregarding those around him. Of course, being Getz, he was a master of being in control. This is exemplified by the up-tempo numbers 'On Green Dolphin Street', 'Voyage', and 'I Love You'. There is clearly an understanding with his rhythm section, particularly the marvellous Kenny Barron who played with Getz right up to his last recording before the great man died. Barron could accompany, fill in the gaps, pick up the tempo and was an outstanding soloist in his own right (listen to 'Dolphin Street'). One of the features of the Copenhagen sets, and obvious on this album, is the space and time Getz allows solo time for Reid (especially on Cole Porter's 'I Love You'), and Victor Lewis, forever subtle, to demonstrate their skills.'Falling in Love' is beautifully played by the master of romantic ballads.

This complements 'Anniversary' and is just as marvellous. Both albums are breathtaking in their beauty and in the lush tone of Getz's tenor. Indispensable music. Sound throughout is excellent. For those interested, the first Copenhagen set was recorded and is available on DVD: Stan Getz Quartet in Copenhagen 1987; 80 minutes of brilliance.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sentinel TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 April 2012
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The title is a misnomer really: this is a more boppish set of pieces than its 'sister' album, Anniversary, which has a more serene feel overall. However, both are lovely examples of Getz at his mesmerising best, with Penguin Jazz Guide considering them of 'breathtaking beauty', and the Gramophone Guide 'lustrous', true classics of their time.

Serenity features five lengthy tracks, (56 mins in all), from the opening crystal notes of 'On Green Dolphin Street' at 13.38 mins, to the sublime balladry of 'Falling in Love', at a mere 9 minutes, with the others falling in between that range. With the exception of the achingly lovely latter track, the other four pieces have a perky bop/swing feel, and highlight the musicianship of all four players (Barron with some exquisite keyboard melodies, and Reid & Lewis also with a chance to solo, as well as providing some wholly sympathetic propulsion to each piece).

The live setting from the Cafe Montmartre in Copenhagen, in July 1987, adds an additional air of excitement, but doesn't detract at all from the quality of the recording. Helpful liner notes from Alain Tercinet complete this very desirable set. This venue seemed to inspire the best from Stan, as he made a number of other magically luminous recordings here, including a gorgeous compilation album 'Cafe Montmartre' which I'd rate as an essential purchase: Caf? Montmartre
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. H. A. Thompson on 9 Feb. 2010
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What can you say about Stan Getz that hasn't already been said. The quality of his playing was always so good. Excellent quality came as standard with him and he had so many different styles that he could make every tune sound very individual. This is yet another set of the man at the top of his game.
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By Chorisia on 20 July 2015
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
A BEAUTIFUL SWAN SONG 9 April 2005
By Unlucky Frank - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is quite possibly the most beautiful tenor playing I've ever heard. Getz was never known by his compatriots in jazz for having an abundance of licks in his repertoire. What he WAS respected for was his tone and beauty. SERENITY is a perfect example of that. This LIVE session was recorded in '87 just a few years before Stan's death in '91 and contains part of a beautiful swan song from one of the greatest Masters of West Coast Cool who ever lived. Most of his fans prefer the ANNIVERSARY set from these sessions. To me there was something extraordinary that happened on this night that makes me wish he had never left the stage or us. Every time I put it on I'm overwhelmed by it's smokin' beauty.

Stan said, "I believe you should try to make music as beautiful as you can. It should not be done with ugliness. There's so much hate in the world; you have to counteract it with lovliness."

When I remarked to a friend about this being, maybe the greatest jazz recording I own (and I own a lot of jazz), my friend said, "In all the years I've been going to the Playboy Jazz Festival, Stan Getz is the finest musician I've ever heard play at the Hollywood Bowl." That's a bold statement.

Kenny Barron on piano is the perfect compliment to Stan's gorgeous playing on this.

To say that Rufus Reid on bass and Victor Lewis on drums were on fire that night would be an understatement.

TO HONOR THIS RECORDING PLAY IT THROUGH INFINITY SPEAKERS AT A HIGH VOLUME. (Infinity speakers have the warmest sound I've ever heard for jazz playback.) I HOPE THIS BECOMES ONE OF YOUR FAVORITES TOO.

If you like Late-model Getz go out and get ANNIVERSARY, BLUE SKYS, and PEOPLE TIME. Or if you're on a tight budget buy CAFE MONTMARTRE. It contains ballad selections from SERENITY, ANNIVERSARY, and PEOPLE TIME. IF ONE OF THESE DOESN'T MAKE IT INTO YOUR TOP TEN JAZZ CDS OF ALL TIME, IT'S TIME TO SEE A DOCTOR. SOMETHING MIGHT BE WRONG WITH YOUR HEARING.

ENJOY.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Heavenly Stan 31 Dec. 2005
By Jazzcat - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a review that I write with extreme pleasure because it's about a couple of discs that I really love since they came out in 1991. I'm talking about "Serenity" and "Anniversary" which are two albums that were recorded both July the 6th 1987 at Cafè Montmartre in Copenhagen. I remember that I heard that Stan already know to be at the end. He gave all that he still had inside here, he played here some of the best music of his life. No doubt. His sound was better than ever, his phrasing absolutly magnificient, unequalled. He was accompanied here by a very talented band, Kenny Barron piano, Victor Lewis drums and Rufus Reid double bass. They swang here as it was the most natural thing to do on Earth. The program is based on standards and it is exceptionally well balanced. It is even a very nice live recording, I may called it almost a "reference" album because it is very natural sounding. I mean, if you want some truly stellar Jazz, some truly stellar ballads and swinger standards, a master at the top of his game ... well let's begin buying these two discs from the immortal Stan getz. Some of the best music he played in his illustrious 5 decades career. You won't regret a single cent spent here. It's some of the best music I have ever listen to in more than twenty years of jazz. Buy both the albums and get the full picture of an heavenly Stan Getz. Maybe you can buy "People time" too. It's a recording that was made in this same period, a double cd set based on Stan and Kenny Barron duets. Fantastic. Believe me.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Exuberant, sparkling! 25 Aug. 1998
By dcadams@gateway.net - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is the second CD culled from the concert which produced the classic, "Anniversary!," and the energy here is not diminished. Getz is buoyant and lyrical as we would expect, with mirthful arpeggios and soulful moans. The rhythm section swings hard. But this CD has a quality which is rare outside of hearing jazz live -- a sparkling immediacy which is exhilarating.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Up-tempo Serenity? 16 May 2012
By Sentinel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The title is a misnomer really: this is a more boppish set of pieces than its 'sister' album, Anniversary which has a more serene feel overall. However, both are lovely examples of Getz at his mesmerising best, with Penguin Jazz Guide considering them of 'breathtaking beauty', and the Gramophone Guide 'lustrous', true classics of their time.

Serenity features five lengthy tracks, (56 mins in all), from the opening crystal notes of 'On Green Dolphin Street' at 13.38 mins, to the sublime balladry of 'Falling in Love', at a mere 9 minutes, with the others falling in between that range. With the exception of the achingly lovely latter track, the other four pieces have a perky bop/swing feel, and highlight the musicianship of all four players (Barron with some exquisite keyboard melodies, and Reid & Lewis also with a chance to solo, as well as providing some wholly sympathetic propulsion to each piece).

The live setting from the Cafe Montmartre in Copenhagen, in July 1987, adds an additional air of excitement, but doesn't detract at all from the quality of the recording. Helpful liner notes from Alain Tercinet complete this very desirable set. This venue seemed to inspire the best from Stan, as he made a number of other magically luminous recordings here, including a gorgeous compilation album 'Cafe Montmartre' which I'd rate as an essential purchase: Cafe Montmartre
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Definitely One Of Stan's Best......... 13 May 2008
By Robert J. Ament - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
there would be a big argument about which one is THE BEST. As has been pointed out Stan seemed to be at his peak with this recording, only four years from his death.

It's difficult to add anything to what has already been said (a penalty for reviewing things that you've had but only recently "rediscovered" in playing it again). Stan was known for his great tone, "The Sound", which is really epitomized on this and similar cds. Four of the five selections on this set are personal favorites of mine with "On Green Dolphin Street" ranking highest.

The rhythm section, led by pianist Kenny Barron, can't be beat. Kenny was Stan's choice for the final five years. If you would have any doubts of his ability, I would suggest you listen to "Night And The City" with just him and bassist Charlie Haden.

Read the other reviews certainly......but some additional facts you may not know are that this cd reached #5 for jazz albums of 1991 on Billboard.It also won a 1991 Grammy for the best instrumental performance by a jazz soloist ( "I Remember You").

This is a superlative performance of modern mainstream which allowed the musicians to stretch out. It will be a welcome and prized addition to your collection!
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