Monday, 31 August 2009

Stan Getz “Jazz Giants ‘58″

Stan Getz

Jazz Giants ‘58
From ”Various Artists/Jazz Giants ‘58”
( LP Verve Records, 1957 )
Catalog # MGV 8248

Tracklisting :
01 Chocolate Sundae [Edison, Getz, Mulligan]
02 When Your Lover Has Gone [Swan]
03 Candy [David, Kramer, Whitney]
04 Ballade: Lush Life/Lullaby of the Leaves/Makin’ Whoopee/It Never Entere [Donaldson, Hart, Kahn, Petkere]
05 Woody N You [Gillespie]

Harry “Sweets” Edison (tp)
Stan Getz (ts)
Gerry Mulligan (bars)
Oscar Peterson (p)
Herb Ellis (g)
Ray Brown (b)
Louis Bellson (d)
Recorded at Capitol Studios,
Vine Street, Hollywood, CA, August 1, 1957

Producer Norman Granz (1918-2001) had an uncanny ability to create really amazing jazz albums by experimenting with the combinative chemistry of musical minds, temperaments, and personalities. While not every Granz session resulted in recordings of equal depth or profundity, the number of artistically rewarding, genre-defining albums that came together under his supervision is almost difficult for the human mind to fully comprehend. One fine example is Jazz Giants ‘58, a Verve album recorded inside the rented Capitol studios in Hollywood, CA on August 1, 1957 and released almost exactly one year later. The 2008 Japanese reissue faithfully reproduces the original cover art and makes this outstanding music available in immaculately remastered sound. Although it has since come to be identified mainly with Stan Getz, Jazz Giants ‘58 feels a lot like a Gerry Mulligan session, with Harry “Sweets” Edison perfectly complementing the other two horns. To support and illuminate the trumpet, tenor, and baritone saxes, Granz used his preferred rhythm trio — Oscar Peterson, Herb Ellis, and Ray Brown — and added master percussionist Louie Bellson, fully primed after working for his wife Pearl Bailey, his hero Duke Ellington, and with Granz’s internationally famous Jazz at the Philharmonic project. This was the blossoming of the great era of long-playing records, and the participants clearly relished the opportunity to stretch out and jam together in a relaxed, intimate studio environment. “Chocolate Sundae,” a ten-minute collectively improvised blues of incredible warmth and irresistible texture, is followed by seven- and eight-minute sets of creative variations on a couple of tunes that were in the air during the ’50s. The nearly 12-minute manifestation of the patented Norman Granz “Ballad Medley” is especially powerful by virtue of starting out with Billy Strayhorn’s “Lush Life.” An extended romp through the changes of Dizzy Gillespie’s “Woody N You” (a tribute to the progressive sensibilities of bandleader Woody Herman penned during the 1940s) adds pure undiluted pleasure to an album that already sounds and feels like some of the best music ever recorded by any of the participants under any circumstances.
By Arwulf Arwulf (AMG)

By Rob

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