Donald Harrison, Jr. (far left) and the New Orleans Music Interns (photo: Joel A. Siegel)
1. Woody Herman and His Orchestra: “Summer Sequence (Part 4) [Early Autumn]” (Blowin’ Up a Storm! The Columbia Years 1945-47; Columbia/Legacy, 2001 [originally recorded December 27, 1947])
By 1947, Getz had already worked his way up the ranks of Jack Teagarden, Stan Kenton, and Benny Goodman’s big bands, among others. But it was with Herman—and with this record in particular—that he made his first real splash. Getz’s is the second saxophone solo, the one with the casual “Honeysuckle Rose” reference in its first four bars. One could be forgiven for thinking at first that it’s an alto solo, purely because of the cool tone and relatively high register that Getz employs on the tune. But it’s a tenor, and it’s Stan Getz: the two traits that are responsible for its being as penetrating—and unforgettable—as it instantly is.
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