This release contains a rare 1965 Vancouver concert by the Stan Getz Quartet with Gary Burton for the first time ever on CD.
This piano-less quartet, with Burton (suggested by Lou Levy apparently) was one of Getzs more interesting and musically enterprising groups. They ususally recorded together backing singer Astrud Gilberto, but is presented here with the entirely instrumental program.
Recorded in Canada on January 30, 1965 presents the group at its best in a quiet and relaxed set. As the absence of applause indicates, this is not a live performance, but a recording made for radio broadcast. Nevertheless, Getz announces the tunes as if he were in front of a live audience. The music is delightful all the way and all the members of the group shine.
As a bonus, two more very rare performances, Getzs quartet set at Newport 61. The classic bebop player Roy Haynes is on drums, and on bass is none other than Scott LaFaro, who would die in an automobile accident at the age of 25 on July 3, 1961, only three days after these Newport recordings with Stan Getz were made. These are his last preserved recordings.
The last two tunes find Stan Getz at the celebrated Apollo Theatre in 1950, a day in which he shared the program with Charlie Parker and Strings and Sarah Vaughan. Both tunes date back to Getz and Zoot s collaborations with Woody Herman in the late forties.
01. MY ROMANCE (3:06)
02. WHEN THE WORLD WAS YOUNG (4:31)
03. MANHA DE CARNAVAL (4:12)
04. A SINGING SONG (3:10)
05. MY FUNNY VALENTINE (4:42)
06. FROGGIE WENT A-COURTIN (4:43)
07. WALTZ FOR A LOVELY WIFE (5:01)
08. BAUBLES, BANGLES AND BEADS (8:18) (*) Bonus Track
09. WHERE DO YOU GO (8:14) (*) Bonus Track
10. AIREGIN (8:27) (*) Bonus Track
11. FOUR BROTHERS (3:06) (*) Bonus Track
12. EARLY AUTUMN (3:04) (*) Bonus Track
Total time: 60:39 min.
Tracks #1-7 from the album "The Canadian Concert Of Stan Getz" (Can-Am CA 1300).
Tracks #8-10 taken from the Italian issue "Stan Getz Special, Vol.1" (Raretone FC 5010).
Personnel on tracks #1-7: Stan Getz (ts,) Gary Burton (vib), Gene Cherico (b) and Joe Hunt (d). Recorded in Vancouver, Canada, on January 30, 1965.
Personnel on tracks #8-10: Stan Getz (ts), Steve Kuhn (p), Scott LaFaro (b) and Roy Haynes (d). Recorded live at Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, Rhode Island, on July 3, 1961.
Personnel on tracks #11-12: Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, Don Lanphere (ts), Gery Mulligan (bs), Stan Fishelson, Al Porcino, Idrees Sulieman (tp), Johnny Mandel (b-tp), Billy Taylor (p), Tommy Potter (b and Roy Haynes (d). Recorded live at the Apollo Theatre, New York City, on August 17, 1950.
"It was 1964 and Stan Getz was having a problem finding a pianist for his newly constituted quartet. Someone (reportedly Lou Levy) suggested that instead of a piano player, Getz hire young vibraphone player Gary Burton. It was a fortuitous choice as this pianoless quartet was one of Getz's more interesting and musically enterprising groups. The event this LP captures, the Brilliant Canadian Concert in Vancouver of 1965, was a prime example of Burton's work during his two-year sojourn with the quartet. His skill with the four mallet vibraphone technique reaches its zenith on "My Funny Valentine." Getz was at the peak of his form. He could make his saxophone sound tender and biting at the same time creating a sound that was instantly recognizable, which no sax player would ever duplicate. Also during this period, his tone was so light and airy that it often sounded as if he was on alto. One of the compelling features about this album is that Getz introduces each tune and on a couple of occasions showed his sardonic wit. In introducing Burton's "A Singing Song," Getz informs the audience that "instead of a 4/4 time signature, we will be using a 6/8 time signature, which means absolutely nothing." This must have driven jazz technocrats up the wall. Gene Cherico's bass and Joe Hunt's drums excel in rhythmic support with the bass player getting significant solo time on "Morning of the Carnival." The quartet's concert in Vancouver is in a series of five. The others featured Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, and Dave Brubeck/Paul Desmond. And, like this event, all were of the highest caliber and were issued on LPs. What a magnificent boxed CD set this would make."
Dave Nathan -All Music Guide