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Anniversary!

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Anniversary!

type:
Music
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
Stan Getz
Producers:
Verve
genre:
Jazz

We gave it an A+

Among his contemporaries on tenor, Rollins’ primary rival is Stan Getz, the irascible romantic with the mentholated sound. The belated release here of Anniversary!, recorded live at Copenhagen’s Montmartre Club in 1987, will delight his admirers. It will also thrill fans of the insufficiently celebrated pianist Kenny Barron, who is given a nearly equal platform by Getz. They exchange limpid statements on a discriminating ”Stan’s Blues.” Unfortunately, two of the best tracks are on the CD only: Billy Strayhorn’s exquisite ”Blood Count” and ”I Thought About You,” first a recital for tenor, then for piano. Throughout, Getz’s sound-bold slabs of notes, watercolor hues — is beautifully captured. A+