Personnel includes: Stan Getz (tenor saxophone); Hershy Kay, Gary McFarland, Claus Ogerman (conductor); Joao Gilberto (vocals, guitar); Astrud Gilberto (vocals); Art Farmer (trumpet, flugelhorn); Conte Candoli, Doc Severinsen (trumpet); Herb Geller (woodwinds); Blanchie Birdsong (harp); David Hildinger (vibraphone); Oscar Peterson, Lou Levy, Jan Johansson, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Hank Jones, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea (piano); Herb Ellis, Charlie Byrd, Gene Byrd, Jim Hall (guitar); Ray Brown, Leroy Vinnegar, Keter Betts, Freddy Dutton, Tommy Williams, Ron Carter (bass); Connie Kay, Shelly Manne, Buddy Deppenschmidt, Sperie Karas, Roy Haynes, Milton Banana, Grady Tate, Kenny Clarke (drums); Bill Reichenback (percussion).
Producers: Norman Granz, Creed Taylor, Gigi Campi.
Compilation producer: Bryan Koniarz.
Recorded between 1955 and 1971. Includes liner notes by Bill Kirchner.
Digitally remastered by Jeff Willens (Universal Mastering Studios-East).
This is part of Verve's Finest Hour series.
Personnel: Stan Getz (tenor saxophone); Joao Gilberto (vocals, guitar); Astrud Gilberto (vocals); Gene Byrd, Herb Ellis, Jim Hall, Charlie Byrd (guitar); Blanchie Birdsong (harp); Norman Carr, Gerald Tarack, Alan Martin (violin); Jacob Glick (viola); Bruce Rogers (cello); Raymond Beckenstein (flute); Eddie Caine (alto flute); Babe Clarke, Walter Levinsky (clarinet); Romeo Penque (bass clarinet); Herb Geller, Ronnie Scott, Sahib Shihab, Tony Coe, Stan Sulzmann (woodwinds); Ack Van Rooyen, Rick Kiefer, Art Farmer, Benny Bailey, Manfred Schoof (trumpet, flugelhorn); Joe Ferrante , Conte Candoli, Doc Severinsen (trumpet); Ray Alonge (French horn); Ake Persson, Albert Mangelsdorff, Willie Dennis (trombone); Erik VanLier, Tony Studd (bass trombone); Hank Jones , Herbie Hancock, Lou Levy, Oscar Peterson, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Jan Johansson (piano); Connie Kay, Sperie Karas, Buddy Deppenschmidt, Kenny Clare, Johnny Rae, Kenny Clarke, Milton Banana, Roy Haynes, Shelly Manne (drums); Jose Paulo (tambourine); Bill Reichenbach , Tony Inzalaco (percussion).
Liner Note Author: Bill Kirchner.
Recording information: A & R Studios, New York, NY (08/15/1955-03/30/1971); Baden-Baden, Germany (08/15/1955-03/30/1971); Columbia 30th Street Studios, New York, NY (08/15/1955-03/30/1971); Cornet Studios, Cologne Germany (08/15/1955-03/30/1971); Pierce Hall, All Souls Unitarian Church, Washington DC (08/15/1955-03/30/1971); Radio Recorders, Hollywood, CA (08/15/1955-03/30/1971); Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles CA (08/15/1955-03/30/1971); Van Gelder Recording Studios, Englewood Cliffs New Jers (08/15/1955-03/30/1971).
Arrangers: Claus Ogerman; Eddie Sauter; Russell Garcia .
Verve's Finest Hour collection of Stan Getz's work compiles 60 minutes of career highlights, including "It Never Entered My Mind," "Desinfinado," "The Girl From Ipanema," and "I Didn't Know What Time It Was." Though it's by no means a definitive compilation of Getz's music, it does provide a breezy overview of some of his best cool jazz and bossa nova moments. ~ Heather Phares