The Surrey With the Fringe on Top. People Time. Benny Carter. Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise. Soul Eyes. Mal Waldron. Night and Day Cole Porter. I'm Okay Eduardo del Barrio. Stablemates Benny Golson. I Remember Clifford Benny Golson. People Time Benny Carter. Soul Eyes Mal Waldron. Utterly honored but nonetheless apprehensive, I looked forward to meeting him during his New York visit. Moved by the experience, Charlie enthused about how remarkable Abbey was and how exceptionally well Stan played—working right off the lead sheets, without rehearsal, hesitation, or error.
I walked to the corner phone booth and reached Stan at his hotel and he asked me to come over. Stan Getz was a legendarily manipulative guy with a reputation for inconstancy: he could be Bela Lugosi with fangs bared or Cary Grant oozing charm.
He is such a nice man! I can tell. We hit it off and I loved being in his company. We talked about the book and about his cancer, which at that time he was treating holistically with a suitcase full of pills, herbs, and macrobiotic foods. He was more than optimistic; he was confident, almost radiant. I thought he was entirely in the right, though, yes, he might have been a bit more tactful.
Usually, however, he was a princely presence on stage, especially in concert halls, where he would ask for the amplification to be turned off so that he could enjoy the natural acoustics — something few jazz musicians, even solo pianists, had the nerve to do.
During the week of the Abbey Lincoln session, Stan discussed with Kenny Barron a project he had been mulling over for several months—a duet album.
This was not their first time working together. In lieu of a rehearsal, Stan and Kenny gave a concert at the Charles Hotel in Boston, and then traveled to Copenhagen where they opened a little more than a week later. The performances were miraculous. They include some of the most candidly impassioned music ever recorded and represent a pinnacle in the art and lives of the musicians and the producer.
But I noticed after each solo that he was literally out of breath. Each night, they played two sets. On the last night, they played one of the finest sets of the engagement—a parting gift of luminous inspiration. Yet afterward, Stan was in too much pain to continue and the second set was canceled.
He told Kenny that he hoped to tour again in the summer. That was the last time they saw each other. When this album was recorded, Getz was suffering greatly from the liver cancer that would end his life three months after its completion.
There were times that he had to take a break to allow the pain to subside, and he was urged to call a halt. However, he insisted on completing both the engagement at Jazzhus Montmartre and the recording. The Allmusic review of the original two-disc set by Scott Yanow said "none of the 14 performances are less than great. A brilliant farewell recording by a masterful jazzman. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Please try again later.
I bought People Time 2 Cd set as it came out the early 90s? I thoroughly enjoyed the stellar playing by Getz and Barron then and having owned very many CDs of both, this set - 20 years later - is really one of the best interactive playing not just between these two wonderful jazz musicians, but generally I think on the top tier of any jazz duet.
The two musicians are almost destined for each other Getz produced good and bad recordings, and this set is a far cry from commercial not great recordings like "Apasionado", and more like his other great "The Last Recording" also with KB and Teri Lyn Carrington If you enjoy lyrical, swinging, wistful jazz at its best, then the playing here can only be described as sublime and consumate.
My favourite is 'Night and Day' and this rendition is about the best I've heard from the jazz world, being a tune everybody plays , but it may well not be the best track! This 7 CD set is for the aficionados, certainly as one reviewer states, but I think is worthwhile for any serious jazz listener after a classic recording.
My only 2 quibbles: 1 the price! As to the exceptional clarity, well I feel the 2-CD set was as good listening on very high end audio equipment. For this price, you do get to enjoy the full Cafe Montmatre atmosphere, the little comments, the side-talk etc.
The rapturous club applause on many superb tracks is very fitting. The packaging of this offering is quite bare -7 CDs in black jackets, a fold-up note and a cheap cardboard box However, this IS a classic recording and we are simply fortunate to have captured it thus, on 7 slowly savvoured CDs This is seven live sets recorded over four days toward the end of Stan's life.
If you are a Stan Getz fan and you liked the first People Time CD, you'll love this box set that documents all the live recordings. Many of the songs are heard 2 or 3 times and it's exciting to compare the versions over the few nights. This 7 CD set is beyond words, but I'll say a few. The sound is better than the 2 CD set and so clear, that you can hear when Stan is out of breath. The music is touching, not just because Stan would die 3 months later, but his playing is flawless.
The booklet provides some very good info on those 4 nights of the recording. Jazzman65 Pittsburgh,PA 28,Nov. Format: Audio CD.
This isn't quite the last Getz recording - two days after this engagement, he played one night in Paris.
Nevertheless, he was quite ill, and you can hear it on these performances. But what Stan's playing lacks in "perfection" it more than makes up for in tenderness, humor and wisdom.
Kenny Barron is a commanding partner - as a soloist and as an accompanist. The material is divided between ballads, swingers and bebop. So which should you get, the 2-CD album or the 7-CD box? The album generally took the best performances from the box, but there are lots of gems that didn't make the cut. There are lots of repeat performances, but this is JAZZ - there's substantial variation in mood, tempo and playing across each take.
So unless that repetition of tunes is something you can't stomach, the box is by far the better value. One of my best acquisitions during I would get a version with fewer CDs. I have listened closely to 38 of the 51 tracks. I would rate two as four stars: Soul Eyes on disc 2 and I wish you love on disc 5. Of the others, I would rate 25 as "I'd like to hear them once in a while" and 11 as "once is enough.
This is not Stan arranging in a studio or playing with the energy and diversity of a band. It is Stan saying his last musical words. Often with surprising energy.People Time, an Album by Stan Getz & Kenny Barron. Released in on Verve (catalog no. ; CD). Genres: Jazz, Post-Bop/5(3).