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5 people found this helpful
on 1 March 2012
Although I take the point made by one reviewer that Stan's playing is short of the energy/inspiration for much improvisation, it would have been tragic had these sessions been lost. Although terminally ill, there is a real sense of warmth, compassion and acceptance in his playing, which I found incredibly moving. Also, as other reviewers point out, the playing is richly melodic and wonderfully comforting, like slipping into dark, rich chocolate.
The quality of the other musicians provide an elegant foil to Getz honeyed tones, with some exquisitely crystalline piano from Barron, and beautifully measured percussion from Mraz and Lewis. Sound quality is very good, though for some reason the 'intro count' has not been edited out. There's about 68 minutes of mellow tenor magic here, and an abundance of balm for the listener's troubled soul. Essential listening, (just dip into the Amazon player if you're not convinced). I'm off to pop it into my player right now: you just can't get too much of a good thing...