“A good quartet is like a good conversation among friends interacting to each other’s ideas.”
– Stan Getz
Stan Getz (February 2, 1927 – June 6, 1991) was an American jazz saxophone player. Getz was known as “The Sound” because of his warm, lyrical tone, his prime influence being the wispy, mellow timbre of his idol, Lester Young. Coming to prominence in the late 1940s with Woody Herman’s big band, Getz is described by critic Scott Yanow as “one of the all-time great tenor saxophonists”. Getz went on to perform in bebop, cool jazz and third stream, but is perhaps best known for popularizing bossa nova, as in the worldwide hit single “The Girl from Ipanema” (1964).
Below are some fine musical examples showing the musical greatness of Stan Getz. To start with there are two sound clips with older material followed by some nice videos. In the first sound clip you can hear a very young Stan Getz playing with Randy Brooks Orchestra (1946) and the other sound clip is from Denmark (1959) with the great Swedish pianist and composer Jan Johansson. Then there are three videos with different great concerts from 1966, 1972 and 1989.
Randy Brooks Orchestra with Stan Getz – “Harlem Nocturne” (1946)
Stan Getz – “I Remember Clifford” Live in Copenhagen (1959)
Musicians are; Stan Getz (ts), Jan Johansson (p), Oscar Pettiford (b), Joe Harris (dr)
Stan Getz Quartet with Gary Burton (vib), Steve Swallow (b) and Roy Haynes (dr) – live at London School Of Economics (14th November 1966)
Stan Getz (ts), Tony Williams (dr), Chick Corea (p) and Stanley Clarke (b) – Live at “Montreux” (1972)
Stan Getz Quartet feat. Kenny Barron – Live (1989)
Mucicians are; Stan Getz (ts), Kenny Barron (p), Ben Riley (dr), Yasuhito Mori (b)