Personnel: Stan Getz (tenor saxophone); Laurindo Almeida (guitar); George Duvivier (bass); Jose Soorez, Dave Bailey, Edison Machado (drums); Luiz Parga, Jose Paulo (percussion).
Recorded in March 1963.
Personnel: Stan Getz (tenor saxophone); Laurindo Almeida (guitar); Steve Kuhn (piano); Jose Soorez (drums, percussion); Edison Machado, Dave Bailey , Jose Boorez (drums); Jose Paulo, Luis Parga (percussion).
Liner Note Author: James T. Maher.
Recording information: Webster Hall (03/21/1963).
Three weeks after completing his meeting with Luiz Bonf and only two days after the epochal Getz/Gilberto sessions, Stan Getz was back in the studio recording more bossa nova. Producer Creed Taylor was obviously striking while the iron was hot, getting in as many Brazilian sessions as he could, yet the quality of the music-making remained consistently marvelous. Continuing his practice of running through one star guitarist after another, this time Getz has Laurindo Almeida as the designated rhythm man, featured composer, and solo foil. The rhythm section is an authentically swinging mixture of American sidemen (including Steve Kuhn on piano and George Duvivier on bass) and Brazilian percussionists. Almeida didn't like to improvise, so his solos stay close to the tunes, inflected with a perfectly matched feeling for the groove along with classical poise. Jobim's "Outra Vez" is a particularly lovely example of Getz's freedom and effortless lyricism contrasted against Almeida's anchored embroidering. Sessions like these might have been seen as cashing in on the boom at the time, yet in the long view, one should be thankful that these musicians were recording so much cherishable material. ~ Richard S. Ginell