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Stan Getz: Bossas and Ballads: The Lost Sessions

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Beginning with Voyage in 1986 and ending with 1991’s People Time, Stan Getz recorded some of his finest music with pianist Kenny Barron, whom he called “the other half of my musical heart.” Up until now, there have been five superb albums documenting that special relationship. The recent release of Bossas and Ballads: The Lost Sessions, containing music that was recorded in 1989 but not issued at the time for business reasons, adds one more sterling example.

The “bossas” in the title are five engaging Barron tunes, while the “ballads” are Mal Waldron’s “Soul Eyes,” Thad Jones’ “Yours and Mine,” Russ Freeman’s “The Wind” and Sam Rivers’ “Beatrice,” although the last is taken at a medium-groove tempo. On each tune, Getz produces a sound that is as gorgeous as at any time he achieved in his career-pure and emotion-filled. And his lyrical ideas continuously overflow with the ease afforded by his celebrated mastery of time and his instrument.

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