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the bossa nova years LP


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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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  • Vinyl
  • Label: VERVE
  • ASIN: B004I1F10G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. DAVID Geer on 20 May 2007
Format: Audio CD
Stan Getz never better than when playing Bossa Nova! This is basically the lot including several different versions of the same tune. Pricey, and 4 instead of 3 CD's which it could have been, purists will still want the full collection. Others should seek out the excellent long one CD set on Verve, Jazz Masters 53 which has much of the best from his Bossa Nova years. Whichever, the CD remasters from LP are awesome and I just play these over and over though occasionally I tire of Astrud's plaintive wail, where it occurs - though not her cheeky telephone song, (not on Jazz Masters but here and elsewhere).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bob Quaif on 27 Aug. 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Though most of the playing on the first three discs is exquisite and poised, I can partly sympathise with those jazz-fans who might find the music a little bland and middle-of-the-road.

However, CD Four is largely given over to Getz's 1963 session with guitarist Laurindo Almeida - and here the saxophonist is far more extrovert and forceful (without ever being inappropriately brutal, needless to say!) His deployment of a wider range of attack and tone-colour - and especially his vivid sequences of staccato notes - give his solos an exhilarating spontaneity, a kick and a bite that elsewhere is often lacking. Almeida's breaks, though not exactly jazz solos, offer beautifully chorded paraphrases of the themes (half of them his own compositions). Steve Kuhn is listed as the pianist on all seven tracks, but I hear him on only three: depending on how indulgent one feels, his contributions will sound either dreamily impressionistic, or inconsequential and unfocussed!

The other discs include the 1962-3 Getz LPs "Jazz Samba" (with Charlie Byrd), "Big Band Bossa Nova" (with Gary McFarland's band), "Jazz Samba Encore" (with Luiz Bonfa) and "Getz/Gilberto" (with Antonio Carlos Jobim, as well as both Joao and Astrud Gilberto). As long as one resists the temptation to treat it as background music, there is much to savour here: the gently undulating rhythms, the rich harmonies, the fine guitar work of Byrd and Bonfa, the seductively understated vocals from Astrud and Joao, the subtly infectious Brazilian percussion ... and of course Stan's (almost too) perfectly balanced solos.

The booklet explains that the supposed "live" album from 1964, "Getz Au Go Go " (with Astrud, and brilliant young Gary Burton on vibes), actually consisted of "studio material plus phony applause". For this CD set, only genuine live tracks (some previously unissued) are included - though even there a footnote states some of Astrud's vocals were added later!
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This is just great! Really one to get absorbed in. I have it on while cooking the dinner, and recently to block out the building work going on next door. Its so relaxing and uplifting at the same time. One could be in the tropics with a cool breeze wafting through the palm trees dancing away or sitting sipping a cocktail. perfect for a warm balmy evening!
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