Thursday, 27 August 2009

Stan Getz “Focus”

Stan Getz

( LP Verve Records, 1961 )
Catalog # V/V6 8412
Also issued on Verve VE1 2528

Personnel & Tracklisting:
Stan Getz (ts)
Allan Martin, Gerald Tarack (vln)
Jacob Glick (vla)
Bruce Rogers (vlc)
Steve Kuhn (p)
John Neves (b)
Roy Haynes (d)
Eddie Sauter (arr)
NYC, July 14, 1961
I’m Late, I’m Late
I Remember When

same personnel
NYC, July 28, 1961
Night Rider
Once Upon A Time
A Summer Afternoon

A year or two shy of his bossa nova success, Stan Getz set his mind to improvising against a backdrop of darkish yet scintillating string charts. The orchestral muscle was provided by arranger Eddie Sauter; the heady and fluid horn lines, of course, came from Getz. The jazz star might have been all airy samba fog to some, but on this classic date he really showed his expansive horn talents: whether leaping and yelping on such galvanizing sides as “I’m Late, I’m Late” or ingeniously responding to the many shades heard in a grand ballad like “I Remember When,” Getz is never short on ideas or panache. Admittedly Getz’s most challenging date and arguably his finest moment, Focus roams the vast jazz landscape outside of bop and boogaloo to fabulous and memorable effect. [The 2003 Japanese reissue is identical to the original release. It does have dynamically remastered sound and an exact miniature replica of the original gatefold cover in thick cardboard with a rice paper sleeve.
by Stephen Cook (AMG)

By Rob

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