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Stan Getz/Bob Brookmeyer: Recorded Fall 1961

Stan Getz returned to the United States in 1961 after two years of living in Denmark and playing throughout Europe. That fall, while preparing for Focus, which was to become his favorite personal album, the tenorist went into the studio to recreate some of the quintet magic he and valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer had produced in the mid-1950s. In fact, the group had recorded earlier in the year with Scott LaFaro on bass, but unhappy with his own playing, Getz refused to release the results. Due to LaFaro’s untimely death that summer, Getz enlisted John Neves to partner with pianist Steve Kuhn and drummer Roy Haynes for this subsequent session, Recorded Fall 1961.

It’s easy to see why Getz must have been pleased with the effort this time. His lines are relatively cliche-free and his fabulous tone, masterful technique and effortless swing are on display throughout. Brookmeyer, one of the most individualistic of improvisers, once again shows himself to be an ideal mate for Getz, combining a composer’s inventiveness with a Kansas City-bred earthiness and sense of swing. The trombonist also composed three tunes-“Minuet Circa ’61,” the ballad “Who Could Care?” and “Thump, Thump, Thump”-to go with his arrangements of a pair of standards and Buck Clayton’s “Love Jumped Out.” Getz liked the rhythm section so much that he continued to use them for his live engagements. Although Recorded Fall 1961 was released soon after its completion, this remastered reissue is part of Verve’s Master Edition series.

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