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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 1 April 2012
I almost dismissed this 2cd set, assumming from the title it was a compilation set. However, it's actually the brilliant 'Steamer', for my money (and the Penguin Jazz Guide's top 4-star review) the best of Stan's 'West Coast' albums. Recommended others include West Coast Jazz Unlike these, it only features Stan on reeds, with Candoli's trumpet missing the action.

To my ears, this may be the crucial difference, as the tight 4-piece line-up (Lou Levy on piano; Leroy Vinnegar & Stan Levey on bass & drums respectively) gives Getz sax plenty of room to roam, and at a pace of his choice. Each of the 6 tracks is an exercise in jewelled precision, from the pert bounce of 'Blues for Mary Jane' to the exquisite tenderness of 'You're Blase', the extended workouts of 'There will never be another you', and the shimmering beauty of Stan's golden tones on 'Like Someone in Love', and 'How About You?'.

Levy's piano runs and solos reflect this crystal shimmer, and the engine room of Vinnegar & Levey is integrated perfectly within the mix. Lovely stuff.

The 'bonus cd' is from a series of concerts in Stockholm some two years later, in Sept. 1958, and features a changing roster of reed men, including Nordstrom & Nerem on tenor sax, Bailey on trumpet,Persson on trombone, Johansson & Hallberg sharing piano, with Johnson's bass and Schiopffe's drums providing the muscle. Given the extra brass input across the three sessions, this album has more of a 'big band' feel to it, and it's only in the softer pieces, such as the beautiful 'Speak Low' where you feel the 'Getz Sound' has a chance to dominate. Nevertheless, a welcome addition to the Getz repertoire.

Overall, this is a very welcome bargain: some 77 minutes of Stan's honeyed tones, excellent remastered sound, basic career notes by Peter Gamble, and a very modest price for a 2cd set. Well worth it for The Steamer' alone!
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This new set comprises two classic Getz albums with contrasting set ups dating from 1956 & 1958 originally released on the Verve Records label. "The Steamer" with quartet and recorded in Hollywood offers 6 tracks in all and a running time of approx 41 minutes. A Getz original sits easily amongst his interpretations of 20th century songbook standards. My favourite track on this album is "Like Someone in Love". CD2 has "Imported from Europe" recorded in Stockholm with a larger group. Again mixing contemporary compositions with well known songbook standards this 7 track album has a running time of approx 36 minutes and has much to commend it, There is for example a second outing for "Like Someone in Love" and it makes an interesting comparison with the 1956 version. Sound quality is excellent throughout and the packaging includes a photo montage. Liner notes by Peter Gamble. The whole set looks attractive and sounds like a great jazz package at a real value price.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 9 June 2014
'The Cool Sound of..' is a superb bargain and probably represents the best use of a 'Fiver' that most jazz fans could ever wish for. Comprising of two mid /late '50's albums, namely 'The Steamer' and 'Imported from Europe' , we get to hear Stan on absolute top form. His tone is warm and inviting as always, but what is so astonishing are the flow of ideas and the beautifully structured solos that he seem to be able to produce almost its seems without effort. On 'The Steamer', Getz has the support of piano, bass and drums rhythm section and so can room a little more freely as a result. 'Imported' features a much bigger ensemble where the emphasis is more on arrangement and structure, so Stan has to wait his turn! Even so, its a lovely album which boasts some accomplished backing and solo playing from the Swedish players. I love their version of 'They Can't Take That Away From Me' where Stan does a solo that can only be described as magical.

So, a great 2 CD package. The music is first rate as is the remastering. Recommended.
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on 2 January 2014
getz have a very large dicography but this one added another stone for jazz lover...

please listen "blaze" great moment.

Jacques
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on 2 February 2015
One side of the CD is excellent and well worth listening to but disappointed with the other side because supporting musicians are not as good
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on 30 June 2015
excellent
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on 28 August 2014
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