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Remembering Stan...

As a complement to the rare Stan Getz thread I would like
to upload a few representative tracks.

The first one is from "Stan Getz with the Lighthouse All Stars"

A tune that Stan most likely played quite often around that time.
There is also a recording of it made in Birdland in August 1952.
Billie Holiday loved to sing this tune too.
I am sure Stan was a great romantic;)

The stunningly beautiful song
I Only Have Eyes For You (Warren/Dubin) .

So only a bit more than nine months after the Birdland gig here it is with a stellar
rhythm section on May 31, 1953.
Back to that beautiful club for a few minutes of paradise on earth.

Russ Freeman piano, Howard Rumsey bass and Shelly Manne drums.

Groovin' High

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Comment by Denis Ouellet on June 22, 2009 at 11:24pm
We all know how Stan and Chet Baker can be so lyrical. Luckily we have quite a few recordings and videos of them.
What a great pleasure to hear now on that special occasion the beautiful Jack Sheldon. I don't think
there are too many recordings of Stan and Jack. These two are really close to each other.
Jack can be so lyrical too you know. Well this is how Jack himself describes his time
with Chet Baker.

"He'd do it and I'd follow. Chetty taught me how to play the trumpet,
he taught me how to sing -- he taught me everything I know about playing and singing."

I'll let Stan and Jack do the talking and playing (-:

So nice to hear George Cables on this one.

A wonderful "I Got Rhythm"


Sippin At Bells
Comment by Denis Ouellet on July 22, 2009 at 9:09pm
Stan Getz Plays
New York January 23 1954

Stan with Jimmy Rowles, Bob Whitlock and Max Roach

A wonderful studio recording with seldom played standards.
Stan opens up with the Kern-Hammerstein incredibly beautiful "Nobody Else But Me"
Such a refreshing mood with a tinge of sadness. The master of melodic improvisation
is once more at work,followed by the great Jimmy Rowles with a gem of a solo.
Comment by Denis Ouellet on September 2, 2009 at 5:43pm
From that "Denmark Live" concert in Copenhagen.

The great bass player Oscar Pettiford is featured here.
Not only his bass playing but his great talent as a composer.
Such a well rounded sound on the bass. We lost him way too early.
And what about Stan and Oscar stating the theme. Awesome.
Such a great groove.

Remember, Oscar was the guy that let Cannonball sit in at Cafe Bohemia in 1955.
His first New York appearance.

Here is Laverne Walk.


Sippin' At Bells
Comment by Denis Ouellet on October 8, 2009 at 2:58pm
From the Hague concert in 1989, Stan loved to play "Just Friends"
Here are both versions. No repeats here. Just total creativity.

Wonderful to contrast them both.


Just Friends
Comment by Denis Ouellet on December 2, 2009 at 12:32pm
From the Village Vanguard June 22th 1957

The always lovely "Time After Time".
Leonard Feather is heard at the end.

Wonderful band with Mose Allison piano, Jug Taylor on bass and Fred Benito drums.



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