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Stan Getz

Academic journal article Notes

Stan Getz

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Stan Getz. Live at Montreux, 1972. DVD. [New York]: Eagle Eye Media, 2013, 1972. EE392689. $14.98.

While I consider myself to be a fan of the great tenor saxophonist Stan Getz, before reviewing this DVD, my familiarity with his work--and I suspect this may be the case for many others who are mildly ambivalent about jazz--had been limited largely to his Latin-flavored, bossa nova-based music from the early 1960s. On the Live at Monlreux 1972 DVD, viewers are treated to a more eclectic and variegated set of jazz tunes, performed by a stellar quartet that includes Getz on sax, Stanley Clarke on bass, Tony Williams on drums and Chick Corea on piano. The DVD consists of seven tracks--about an hour of music--and is gorgeously filmed: multiple camera angles capture the dynamic interaction between the players, while close-up shots offer viewers intimate access to some truly great jazz musicians in peak form.

Among the best tracks on the DVD are the frenetic "La Fiesta," a flamenco-flavored romp that has Getz mixing soaring melodic lines with brisk arpeggios, fluid scalar passages and long, wailing trills, and "Day Waves," a mercurial little track that shifts in and out of a deep rhythmic groove and features a brilliant Fender Rhodes solo by Corea. While Getz' playing is mellow and engaging, with a rich tone and effortless lyricism often in evidence (especially on the DVD's other standout, the Billy Strayhorn ballad "Lush Life"), it is the rhythm section in this performance that really impresses: Clarke's frisky bass lines provide tremendous momentum, and Williams' smooth yet spritely playing shows why he is considered one of the greatest jazz drummers of all time. …

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