From the late 1940s to the early 1990s, tenor saxophonist Stan Getz was one of the great, individual instrumental artists in jazz. Getz was remarkably consistent, producing album after album of poetic, swinging music. Getz’s playing was always unmistakable, characterised by his singing, luminescent tone, his unmatched facility for elegance, passion and lyricism and an almost supernatural melodic creativity.
There’s a sense of Getz being somewhat underrated, perhaps even taken for granted. He had the temerity to achieve several commercial successes and his genius was very much of the invention-within-the-melodic-tradition variety. His very consistency probably worked against him, posterity-wise. In the end, whatever he was playing, and as brilliant as it was, it was always just Getz being Getz...
However, his choices in both in the material that he tackled and the musicians with whom he associated, show a notably intrepid attitude. Stan thrived on challenge and was dedicated to keeping his music fresh and vital, rarely taking the easy option. The result is a musical legacy among the richest in jazz.
This Getz - Musical Portrait is performed by established TOP favourites led by Chris Ingham - piano; and with stylish quality on tenor saxophone by Mark Crooks, supported by Arnie Somogyi -double bass & George Double - drums
“Ingham has chosen well...an excellent collection featuring the superb saxophone sound of Mark Crooks...the band are in fine classic swinging form...extremely expressive” — LONDON JAZZ NEWS
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