Most of the songs in More Getz for Lovers were recorded in the 50s and 60s. On many his lyrical tenor is simply supported by a rhythm section. Getz is particularly eloquent on "When the Sun Comes Out", recorded in Copenhagen during 1960. The 1953 "Talk of the Town" displays the sensitive side of Dizzy Gillespie in a co-led session, backed by the Oscar Peterson trio and Max Roach, while Getz and Bob Brookmeyer produce a cool blend on "Berkeley Square." As you might expect, a couple of bossa novas are included and Getz solos passionately on both. Vocalist Maria Toledo delivers a delightful solo on "Insensitive" while the guitarists shine - Luis Bonfa on "Insensitive" and Charlie Byrd on " Desafinado."
The two most recent tracks are "Soul Eyes" and "Summer Wishes/Winter Dreams." The 1989 "Soul Eyes," a Mal Waldron composition, is possibly the least-known but most romantic tune on this disc and contains an inspired piano solo by Kenny Barron. Getz is in fine form on "Summer Wishes," recorded just months before his death in 1991. This song was written by Johnny Mandel with lyrics by the Bergmans. The arrangement, and impeccable phrasing, is by Abbey Lincoln. What more can I say?
The music is wonderful. Perhaps More Getz for Lovers will be followed by Still More Getz for Lovers. However if only the recording industry would devote more resources to creating new music, reissuing historic sessions, and less to mining their vaults for compilations. But then, the latter is easier and more profitable.