Monday, December 6, 2010

Stan Getz - Cool Velvet - Voices

In another generous release from Verve Records, Stan Getz fans are treated to two of the legendary saxophonist's best albums on one digitally remastered CD: "Cool Velvet," an album with strings, and "Voices," an excitingly experimental project featuring backup singers. Getz's grace and beauty of tone have rarely been as evident as they are on the "Cool Velvet" tracks; ballads like "The Thrill is Gone," "It Never Entered My Mind," and "Born to Be Blue" will leave no doubt in any listener's mind as to the level of his artistry. "Early Autumn" and "Round Midnight" get stunning renditions, and "Whisper Not" picks up the pace ever so slightly, and the combination of Getz, vibraphone, and strings over the tune's catchy melody make for one of the most memorable moments in Stan's career.
"Voices" is another chance for Getz fans to indulge in his love of Bossa Nova; with the exception of a gorgeous, drowsily-swinging "I Didn't Know What Time it Was," every track gets a sensuous, Brazilian-influenced arrangement. What sets the project apart from others, however, is the inclusion of background singers; "ooh"s and "aah"s sing the parts that would more commonly be assigned to violins, and the idea works surprisingly well, providing a near-ethereal effect. The musical arrangements are simply perfect throughout, and the strongest work lies in the uptempo "Nica's Dream" and the silky ballad "Infinidad."
The end results simply cannot be beat: two albums, two distinct artistic approaches of a jazz legend, a top-notch remastering job, and extensive liner notes...all on one disc at a reasonable price. No fan of instrumental jazz could ask for more. - by John Jones,

Artist: Stan Getz
Album: Cool Velvet / Voices
Year: 1960/1966
Label: Verve (1995)
Runtime: 73:23

1.  The Thrill Is Gone (Lew Brown/Ray Henderson) 5:03
2.  It Never Entered My Mind (Richard Rodgers/Lorenz Hart) 4:06
3.  Early Autumn (Ralph Burns/Woody Herman/Johnny Mercer) 4:45
4.  When I Go, I Go All The Way (Russell Garcia) 4:00
5.  A New Town Is A Blue Town (Richard Adler/Jerry Ross) 2:42
6.  'Round Midnight (Thelonious Monk/Cootie Williams/Bernie Hanighen) 3:07
7.  Born To Be Blue (Mel Torme/Robert Wells) 3:53
8.  Whisper Not (Benny Golson) 5:04
9.  Good-Bye (Gordon Jenkins) 4:26
10.  Nature Boy (Eden Ahbez) 3:02
11.  Once (Claus Ogerman/Guy Wood) 2:50
12.  I Didn't Know What Time It Was (Richard Rodgers/Lorenz Hart) 3:28
13.  Nica's Dream (Horace Silver) 3:57
14.  (Little Rio) Un Poco Rio (Claus Ogerman) 2:30
15.  Keep Me In Your Heart (Chiedilo A Chi Vuoi) (Giorgio Calabrese/Giancarlo Clonello/Sandy Crystal) 4:01
16.  Zigeuner Song (Peter Kreuder/Günther Schwenn) 3:10
17.  Barbara's Theme (aka "I Want To Live") (Johnny Mandel) 2:56
18.  Where Flamingos Fly (John Benson Brooks/Harold Courlander/Elthea Pearl Brooks) 3:07
19.  Midnight Samba (Werner Bochmann/Martha Bergner/Sandy Crystal) 2:13
20.  Infinidad (Stanley J. Helber) 2:09
21.  Darling Joe (Claus Ogerman/Timothy Gray) 2:44

Stan Getz (Tenor Saxophone)
Blanchie Birdsong (Harp) - 1-10
Dave Hildinger (Vibraphone) - 1-10
Jan Johansson (Piano) - 1-10
Freddy Dutton (Double Bass) - 1-10
Sperie Karas (Drums) - 1-10
Russ Garcia (Arranger, Conductor) - 1-10
Herbie Hancock (Piano) or Hank Jones (Piano) - 11-21
Jim Hall (Guitar) - 11-21
Ron Carter (Double Bass) - 11-21
Artie Butler (Percussion) - 11-21
Bill Horwath (Percussion) - 11-21
Bobby Rosengarden (Percussion) - 11-21
Grady Tate (Drums) - 11-21
Claus Ogerman (Arranger, Conductor) - 11-21
Unknown Choir - 11-21
Unknown strings - 1-10


  1. Didn't see much comments there! Too bad because you share quite beautiful music… For the moment, I'm working with that smooth Getz velveting into my ears, so gorgeous. Life is beautiful! Many many thx.

  2. Thanks a lot for sharing such great music!

  3. Thank you very much

  4. dear zoltan;
    have you got Jan Johansson - Jazz Pa Ungerska (1968) album? (with Svend Asmussen)..

  5. Hi Cagatay,
    It isn't even familiar, sorry.

  6. "I decided to not try to be a professional musician after I heard Stan Getz and knew I could never be near as good as him." -Bill Clinton (probably using the example of a white sax player rather than a black one so as not to piss off even more Republicans... although Getz really is a great one)

  7. Part 2 gone. Any links? Thnx.



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