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Focus: Stan Getz and Eddie Sauter,
This review is from: Focus: Remastered (Audio CD)
This album is the only record that Getz made with a string accompaniment. Many other artists have used orchestras and the effects have been variable (usually bad, in my view). Not so with Focus. From the start, this record sets a pace and standard that will leave the listener amazed. I always felt that Getz showed his mastery of the saxophone best on his bossa nova work, although it can get a bit cheesy. Focus has completely changed my view. The pieces throughout the album have a complete and cohesive feel - incredible when you consider that Sauter left gaps for Getz who improvised from start to finish. The pace varies as does his playing, from the dazzling to the meltingly beautiful and every note counts. Getz's distinctive sound suits the music perfectly and his technique outclasses any other tenor player I've ever heard (including Brecker).
The arrangements are powerful in their own right and compliment Getz's playing. The completely improvised drum work by Roy Haynes is also excellent (no drum part was written). I assume that Sauter's background in jazz enabled hime to understand how an improvised lead would fit around the strings. It all works perfectly.
Lots of artists are decribed as being great without any thought about what true greatness is all about. I have always liked Getz, but been more inclined to listen to others such as Zoot Sims and Sonny Rollins. However, this album is so surprising, different and plain superb that I think it demonstrates that Getz was perhaps the greatest tenor player of all. I am mystified that he only ever recorded one record like this.
There are a number of albums that are mandatory in any proper jazz collection and this is one of them.
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Initial post: 26 Dec 2009 12:51:55 GMT
R. K. Hunter says:
he outstrips brecker by a mile, brecker never could be even be thought of as being any where near Stan Getz, what have you been listening to,
Posted on 15 Jul 2012 13:50:50 BDT
Amazon Customer says:
"This album is the only record that Getz made with a string accompaniment". No it isn't. Cool Velvet.
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Nov 2013 13:59:24 GMT
First jazz record I bought 50 years was Reflections (I was learning to play tenor and the guy told me to listen to "good" music as opposed to rock). Think it had strings on it - 'borrowed' years ago so can't check. Since bought many Getz - wide variety of styles but whatever he played always great.
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