Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Stan Getz - The Steamer

It doesn't happen too often, but there are times when the title of a jazz album and the material within interface perfectly. Hence The Steamer, where Stan Getz joined forces with a super West Coast-based rhythm section to produce some truly steaming music. "Blues for Mary Jane" is remarkable ; for all of the straight-ahead heat generated by the rhythm section, Getz is incredibly relaxed, poised, and always under control while still managing to swing like mad. In other words, the style that he was able to carry over to his bossa nova adventures in the following decade is right here, ready to go. There is also room for the Getz-ballad manner on "You're Blase," and "Like Someone in Love" combines a leisurely swinging tempo with Getz's natural warmth. From the evidence of these sessions alone, not to mention countless others, the team of bassist Leroy Vinnegar and drummer Stan Levey ought to be anointed as one of the greatest rhythm sections in jazz history, and sure-fingered pianist Lou Levy benefits from their finesse and drive. All of this music is available on the three-CD set East of the Sun : The West Coast Sessions, and this Verve Master Edition release offers outtakes from that set at the end of the disc. Indeed, the alternate "How About You ?" has some swinging hairpin turns by Getz that will make your head swivel.
Richard S. Ginell

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/the-steamer-mw0000256953

Stan Getz
The Steamer


1 Blues for Mary Jane (Getz)  7:53
2 There Will Never Be Another You (Gordon, Warren)  9:20
3 You're Blasé (Hamilton, Sievier)  4:13
4 Too Close for Comfort (Bock, Holofcener, Weiss)  6:19
5 Like Someone in Love (Burke, VanHeusen)  6:30
6 How About You ? (Freed, Lane)  7:24
7 How About You ? [compl. alt. take] (Freed, Lane)  6:59
8 There Will Never Be Another You [incompl. take - breakdown take] (Gordon, Warren)  1:09
9 You're Blasé [false start] (Hamilton, Sievier)  0:46
10 Like Someone in Love (Burke, VanHeusen)  0:37
11 How About You ? [false start - false start #2 - breakdown take] (Freed, Lane)  2:30


Stan Getz - ts
Lou Levy - p
Leroy Vinnegar - b
Stan Levey - dr

Recorded at Radio Recorders, Hollywood ; November 24, 1956


Luis said...

Merci Baruch!

reindeer man said...

Thank you, Baruch. Wonderful 50s Getz.

CrunchyFrog said...

Thanks Baruch! Getz is best.

Ric said...

L'habituel mot de passe ne marche pas...
Il faut en utiliser un autre pour unzipper ?

Ric said...

is there anybody that can tell me the right password in order to unzip that file ?
many thanks

Melanchthon said...


Anonymous said...

Thanks Mel! Such a nice rendition of "You're Blasé" -- short and sweet.

sep troelstra said...

Have it, of course, but not this format. Many thanks!!

deGallo said...

Thank you.

Kovina Kris said...

Getz the great IMO. Very happy to get this. Thank you Mel!

francisco santos said...


Blue Eyes said...

A must have! Thank you very much Mel for the re-up with this Verve master edition!

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!