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Cafe Montemarte by Stan Getz

Copenhagen's Cafe Montmarte provided the setting for several memorable live recordings by Stan Getz, including his 50th birthday celebration in 1977 and the three albums that were culled for this compilation, Anniversary and Serenity, recorded in 1987, and People Time, his last recordings, made in 1991 just three months before his death. The 1987 sessions featured a quartet made up of Getz with pianist Kenny Barron, bassist Rufus Reid and drummer Victor Lewis. The 1991 date featured Getz and Barron alone.

The tracks selected here are among the very best recordings of the great tenor man's last years, and it's sometimes astonishing how well they hold up alongside his earlier work. A good case in point is the duet performance of Charlie Haden's "First Song (For Ruth), which extends for nearly ten minutes and demonstrates in full measure the control and tone that earned Getz the nickname "The Sound." Getz hoped that his epitaph would be "I never played a note I didn't feel intimately..." and every note on the nine tracks collected on Cafe Montemarte show that he was proving the truth in that statement through his final sessions.

All three of the source albums for this compilation are worth having in their entirety, but the selection and sequencing here makes this a valuable collection in its own right, both for casual and hardcore Stan Getz fans.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Stan Getz
  • CD Title: Cafe Montemarte
  • Genre: Straight-Ahead / Classic
  • Year Released: 2002
  • Record Label: EmArcy
  • Rating: Five Stars
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