Stan Getz on Clef and Norgran - JazzWax

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February 21, 2011


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mel house

Getz is THE MAN! Others may disagree, but to me, he swings like crazy, his technique is unbelieveable, his sound is beyond reproach, and his sensitive ballads are simply in a class by themselves.
Getz once said he never played a note he didn't mean. His mastery of the tenor sax cannot be equaled.
This set is a must-buy!

Brad Fallon

That man really got talent! I love listening to jazz music and it is one of my favorite genre. Getz music lives on and I never get tired of listening to his music.

Greg Judd

Marc, you've done it again. A great find, & alluring description of music not to be missed.

Denis Ouellet

When one looks at his recording legacy, we can only be awed by the sheer artistry.I love Stan from the beginning to his untimely death. He was simply "music".

Jeff Rzepiela

Wonderful music beautifully re-packaged!

Jery Rowan

It’s absolutely amazing!

How a guy as messed up as Stan was, could swing so hard, play so lyrically, and function as a leader, is mind boggling to those who knew him.

In the early ‘50s, while appearing at Seattle’s Olympic Hotel, he crossed the street between sets and held up a pharmacy for drugs. Connecting the dots between such a desperate individual and the creative artist behind so many incredible recordings is incongruous at best.

Loved ya, Stan, but hardly got to know you.


In an interview with Gene Lees, Emily Remler commented on how many of the great musicians that she had met had personalities that were just what you'd expect from their music:
"'I know and outstanding exception, though,' I said, and Emily said, 'If you mean...' and she named a man the beauty of whose playing and the perversity of whose personality have always presented an irresoluble contradiction to other musicians. We both laughed hugely."

Richard Salvucci

What did Woody say? "Stan Getz. Interesting bunch of guys."

Jon Foley

Actually, that was the renowned wit Zoot Sims who came up with that line. It's a good one.

paul wood

Actually if you look behind the scenes and set aside all the media hype and sensationalism you might find that Stan was, at times, a good husband, father and friend and a man with a good sense of humor. If you don't believe, just ask his kids. A brilliant artist with so much soul can't be all bad? Was he the greatest tenor of all time? YES!!!

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