Friday, 27 August 2010
Stan Getz with string orchestra led by Beaux-Arts String Quartet - Focus
(Verve (USA) Stereo LP V6-8412, recorded 1961. released 1961)
Stan Getz is heard in a totally improvising role here, not reading parts, playing as spontaneously as possible, integrating his sound with the stimulating pieces arranged and composed by Eddie Sauter. This record pretty much belongs in a category of one, as there hasn't been another quite like it, to my knowledge. The reason for this may lie in the arranging talents of Eddie Sauter, who was loath to create yet another 'rhythm section with strings' showcasing a jazz soloist. The colossal talent that was Stan Getz is probably the other main reason why this was a 'match made in heaven', as he had no trouble "filling the hole" Sauter had left for him. A 'class of its own' album by one of the major saxophone players in jazz.
Posted by shepherdlass at 16:21