Academic journal article Notes

Stan Getz

Academic journal article Notes

Stan Getz

Article excerpt

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 Montreux 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 view- ers 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 effort- less 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. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.