Stan Getz always sounded like a big guy to me. His tenor saxophone sound was huge, round, mellow. He idolized Lester Young and learned the lessons of simplicity and soulfulness from him and stayed with it his whole life.
How Deep Is The Ocean
O Grande Amor
He played with everyone during the classic period of jazz between the thirties and the eighties. He was Jack Teagarden’s ward when he was in his band, because he was too young to be on his own. He played with Benny Goodman, Woody Herman, and Johnny Smith. He replaced Art Pepper in Stan Kenton’s band. Think about that.
Eu E VoceHis playing was called, The Sound, because it was so distinctive, romantic, and the essence of cool. It was breathy, direct, and full of endless melodic improvisation. It seems like he was instrumental (!) in bringing Bossa Nova to America because of his recordings with Luis Bonfa, Tom Jobim, and Astrud and Joao Gilberto, but that was just an interlude.
I’m Old Fashioned
He kept moving on and playing with all kinds of young players coming up. He won a bunch of Grammys and his sound and melodic abilities have kept him popular and influential ever since.