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Another Bargain Set Involving Getz
on 29 October 2013
The albums featured are:
1)Stan Getz with the Oscar Peterson Trio (1957)
2)Hamp And Getz (1955)
3)Jazz Giants (1957)
They are complete including the 4 remaining tracks from the Peterson session and an alternate take of 'Gladys' with Hampton.
The virtues of the Getz/Peterson session have long been praised. They swing delicately and instinctively taking advantage of a drummer less quartet. Getz opens with a pacey 'I Want To Be Happy', driven by Ray Brown (b) and Herb Ellis (g). The Ballad Medley is the ideal vehicle for Getz to display his moving velvety sound especially with 'Polka Dots And Moonbeams'. Ellis shines on 'Bronx Blues', but the whole album is a delight and is up there with their highest achievements.
The Hampton album works surprisingly well, both Hampton and Getz combine remarkably in their performances totally absorbed in the music. 'Jumpin' At The Woodside' is a startling piece of musicianship, as is 'Cherokee'. The ballad melody that follows gives the opportunity for each artist to show their talents as soloists (Lou Levy piano and Shelly Manne drums).
The Jazz Giants session brings in Gerry Mulligan, Harry Edison (t) and Louis Bellson to augment Getz, Peterson and Brown. It was probably set up to follow the successful 1956 album with Lester Young and Teddy Wilson amongst the 'Giants'. This may not match it although it produces some marvellous collective music and solos. Mulligan seems responsible for sketching the arrangements and his baritone sax features on 'Chocolate Sunday' and the up-tempo 'Woudyn' You' where Peterson is on sparkling form. The ballad medley finds Getz performing an early version of 'It Never Entered My Mind' with a dazzling assortment of key-changes. Getz is also poignant on Strayhorn's 'Lush Life'.
An excellent budget collection of first class music by masters of their instruments. The remastering has produced a very good sound. Recommended.