Personnel: Stan Getz (tenor saxophone); Bob Brookmeyer (valve trombone); John Williams (piano); Bill Anthony (bass); Art Mardigan, Frank Isola (drums).
Producer: Norman Granz.
Reissue producer: Michael Lang.
Recorded live at the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California on November 8, 1954 and in Los Angeles, California on November 9, 1954. Includes liner notes by Norman Granz and Bob Blumenthal.
Digitally remastered by Gary Mayo.
Personnel: Stan Getz (tenor saxophone); Bob Brookmeyer (valve trombone); John Williams (piano); Art Mardigan (drums).
Liner Note Authors: Arnold Marcus; Nat Hentoff.
Recording information: Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles (11/08/1954).
Saxophonist Stan Getz is at his "coolest" on this 1954 live session from Los Angeles, California. Featuring a flexible but solid band, these 10 tracks show a lot of musical variety. For example, there is the subtle, gossamer ballad "Lover Man," along with valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer's quirky composition "Open Country," which has a distinctively traditional jazz feel to it.
On this disc, Getz and Brookmeyer play off of each other wonderfully, creating interesting counterpoints. It almost sounds as if they are creating a two-part jazz fugue on the final statements of certain songs. The simpatico between the horn players is particularly stunning on the conclusion of "Flamingo," where the two horns are deep in conversation. The concert ends with the old war-horse, "It Don't Mean a Thing," and Getz jokes that this is the premier performance of this tune. He leaves his relaxed style behind for this Ellington classic, burning through the song's changes with great vigor. Two bonus tracks are also included here, borrowed from a concert recorded the following night.