Sunday, November 20, 2016

Stan Getz & Oscar Peterson

In that quintessential breakthrough year of modern jazz — 1957 — Norman Granz was fond of pairing the legendary drummerless trio of Oscar Peterson with several different stars from the Jazz at the Philharmonic concert series. In this case, Stan Getz is the nominee, and Granz could not have found a better match for the pianist alongside his peerless combo than the ripe, mature, and bebopping tenor saxophonist. It was a one-shot deal, the only official collaboration between Getz and Peterson, expanded on this edition of the Silver Collection series with tracks from the complete session, with no alternate takes or bonus tracks and recorded entirely in monaural. Unlike Art Tatum — who could never really restrain his notions to always cut loose — Peterson sounds relatively relaxed on this date, understanding that Getz was also not going to shred up every tune they played. With guitarist Herb Ellis and bassist Ray Brown, the quartet members not only have all the rhythmic cohesion they need without a formal timekeeper, but interact in a way that approaches telepathic or magical. In short, the quartet is in the zone like few groups ever achieve in a studio setting. They zip through a bop-based edition of "I Want to Be Happy," a hopped-up adaptation of "Sweet Georgia Brown" titled "Tour's End," and the flawless "Three Little Words" like they are child's play. The strong Kansas City cum Texas-style guitar of Ellis cannot be denied during "Bronx Blues," while Getz reins in the countrified air of the jam in a laid-back but downtown fashion. During the great song (penned by Ellis) "Detour Ahead," heard here in an instrumental, post-Billie Holiday version, the ensemble shows ultimate flexibility, heightened by the tenor saxophonist's touching yet firm grasp of the melody. Aside from the closer, "Blues for Herky," with a choppy guitar from Ellis and a New Orleans-type feel, the rest of the material consists of ballads or midtempo cool tunes. This is where Peterson is most surprising, toning down his act, interpreting the songs with the precision of a diamond cutter, and using his acute listening skills to the fullest. Those bedazzled by the utter virtuosity of the pianist should listen more closely to this recording to hear how his taste level is as elevated as the monster technique he possesses. While "I Was Doing All Right" approaches a lounge sound, the five-tune "Ballad Medley" displays Peterson at his best, especially on his feature, "How Long Has This Been Going On." On this great album for the times and all time, these wonderful musicians are on from the word go, providing 60 priceless minutes of music that any mainstream jazz lover can embrace.
Michael G. Nastos

Source :

Stan Getz
and the
Oscar Peterson Trio


1 I Want to Be Happy (Caesar, Youmans)  7:35
2 Pennies from Heaven (Burke, Johnston)  5:16
3 Ballad Medley
a. Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered (Rodgers, Hart) - b. I Don't Know Why I Just Do (Ahlert, Turk) - c. I Can't get Started (Duke, Gershwin) - d. Polka Dots and Moonbeams (Burke, VanHeusen)  10:10
4 I'm Glad There Is You (Dorsey, Mertz)  4:38
5 Tour's End (Getz)  4:55
6 I Was Doing All Right (Gershwin, Gershwin)  4:08
7 Bronx Blues (Getz)  5:31
8 Three Little Words (Kalmar, Ruby)  6:35
9 Detour Ahead (Carter, Ellis, Freigo)  3:36
10 Sunday (Conn, Krueger, Miller, Styne)  6:08
11 Blues for Herky (Getz)  3:45


Stan Getz - ts
Oscar Peterson - p
Herb Ellis - g
Ray Brown - b

Recorded at Capitol Studios, Los Angeles ; October 10, 1957


josemaria said...

Eres un monstruo. Nunca imaginé ni en la mejor de mis fantasías que llegase a haber una web como esta en la que todos los discos estan en flac y con los libretos completos e incluso en muchos casos con las portadas originales.
Algunos de los discos ya los tengo pero me evitais ripearlos a mi y sobre todo escanear los libretos. Gracias, Gracias gracias ................

Blue Eyes said...

Quoi?...un commentaire seulement? une honte!...cet album est un pur chef-d'oeuvre! a masterpiece!

LaroSwing said...

Sorry, but I can't find the links...

Melanchthon said...

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Great album, Many thanks Mel!

Cri said...

Thx Mel, for coming back online!

Anonymous said...

What a relief to see you back MM.

Peter said...

Dear Melanchthon,

great to see your blog again!
What a wonderful recording.
Thank you.

deGallo said...

Very nice! Thank you.

francisco santos said...


Gil said...

Heureux de votre retour, Merci

Angelo said...

Muito obrigado!!!

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Kovina Kris said...

Awesome. Thank you!

Starchild said...

Many thanks Mel!

karel said...

great album, thank you