Stan Getz – Cool Forever

getz4   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

 

getz5  

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.

getz2      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.

getz1   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.

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

About Ted Ringer

I am a writer, artist, and listener. Great music is everywhere and has no limits. Some of it is well-orchestrated and some is short and sweet. It can spring out of a moment of deep feeling or result from long periods of development. Music is communication, inspiration, and a million other things. This blog wants to share the wealth and keep toes tapping.
This entry was posted in Music and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to Stan Getz – Cool Forever

  1. Dianna North says:

    Getz is one of the all time greats in my book. I’ve long loved his smooth saxophone and the lilting sounds of the Bossa Nova. With the games on in Rio, it’s a perfect time to remember this master musician and the beauty of his work. Thanks, Ted

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s