Stan Getz - Live at Boston University

Stan Getz - High Priest at the temple of Cool.

Stan Getz Quartet – Live At Boston University – 1975 – Past Daily Downbeat

Stan Getz - Live at Boston University
Stan Getz – High Priest at the temple of Cool.

Stan Getz Quartet – Live at Boston University – April 1, 1975 – WBUR-FM Boston –

Stan Getz this weekend. Live at Boston University, along wth Albert Daily, Piano – Clint Houston, Bass and Billy Hart, Drums. Recorded on April 1, 1975 and broadcast by WBUR-FM in Boston.

Returning to the U.S. from Europe in 1961, Stan Getz recorded the album Focus, with arrangements by Eddie Sauter who created a strings backing for the saxophonist. In a March 2021 article for the All About Jazz website, Chris May wrote of it as “one of the great masterpieces of mid-twentieth century jazz” and compared it to the work of Béla Bartók.

Getz became involved in introducing bossa nova music to the American audience. Teaming with guitarist Charlie Byrd, who had just returned from a U.S. State Department tour of Brazil, Getz recorded Jazz Samba in 1962. Getz won the Grammy for Best Jazz Performance of 1963 for “Desafinado”, from Jazz Samba. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. His second bossa nova album, also recorded in 1962, was Big Band Bossa Nova with composer and arranger Gary McFarland. As a follow-up, Getz recorded the album, Jazz Samba Encore!, with one of the originators of bossa nova, Brazilian guitarist Luiz Bonfá. It also sold more than a million copies by 1964, giving Getz his second gold disc.

He then recorded the album Getz/Gilberto, in 1963, with Antônio Carlos Jobim, João Gilberto and his wife, Astrud Gilberto. Their recording of “The Girl from Ipanema” won a Grammy Award. Getz/Gilberto won two Grammys (Best Album and Best Single). A live album, Getz/Gilberto Vol. 2, followed, as did Getz Au Go Go (1964), a live recording at the Cafe au Go Go. While still working with the Gilbertos, he recorded the jazz album Nobody Else But Me (1964), with a new quartet including vibraphonist Gary Burton, but Verve Records, wishing to continue building the Getz brand with bossa nova, refused to release it. It came out 30 years later, after Getz had died.

In 1972, Getz recorded the jazz fusion album Captain Marvel with Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Tony Williams, and in this period experimented with an Echoplex on his saxophone. He had a cameo in the film The Exterminator (1980).

In the mid-1980s, Getz worked regularly in the San Francisco Bay area and taught at Stanford University as an artist-in-residence at the Stanford Jazz Workshop until 1988. In 1986, he was inducted into the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame. During 1988, Getz worked with Huey Lewis and the News on their Small World album. He played the extended solo on part 2 of the title track, which became a minor hit single.

His tenor saxophone of choice was the Selmer Mark VI.

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