West Coast Jazz – Stan Getz

West Coast Jazz - Stan Getz Artist: Stan Getz
Album: West Coast Jazz
Release Date: August 15, 1955
Duration: 01:12:44
Genre: Jazz, International
Styles: Bossa Nova, Brazilian Traditions, Cool, Post-Bop, West Coast Jazz, Hard Bop, Jazz Instrument, Mainstream Jazz, Saxophone Jazz
Recording Date: August 9, 1955 – August 19, 1955
Recording Location: Radio Recorders, Hollywood, CA

In 1955 the difference between East/West Coast jazz was a hot topic, with critics and fans capable of taking zealous musical alliances with one or the other. The title of this disc, West Coast Jazz, was conceived as a joke, considering all musicians involved were originally from the East Coast and did not play exclusively in the laid-back, commercially profitable, cool style, as pigeonholed by some. Stan Getz was in California for his part in the film the Benny Goodman Story, where he picked up a week long gig at Zardi’s in Hollywood.

The pickup band that greeted him featured a great rhythm section: Lou Levy (piano), Leroy Vinnegar (bass), and Shelly Manne (drums), along with Conte Candoli (trumpet). These musicians connected with Getz immediately, having crossed paths previously. Impressed with this lineup, he took them into the studio to record West Coast Jazz. Generally unlike West Coast jazz of the time, the rapid group interplay with energized bop solos, still stand out particularly on “S-H-I-N-E” and Dizzy Gillespie’s “A Night in Tunisia.” Coupled with the album’s original six tracks, the Verve Master Edition collects several previously released outtakes from these sessions.

Title/Composer Performer Time
East of the Sun (And West of the Moon) / Brooks Bowman Stan Getz 6:17
Four / Miles Davis Stan Getz 7:32
Suddenly It’s Spring / Johnny Burke / James Van Heusen Stan Getz 6:56
A Night in Tunisia / Dizzy Gillespie / Frank Paparelli Stan Getz 6:09
Summertime / George Gershwin / Ira Gershwin / DuBose Heyward Stan Getz 6:04
S-H-I-N-E / Lew Brown / Ford Dabney / Cecil Mack Stan Getz 8:53
Split Kick / Horace Silver Stan Getz 7:53
Of Thee I Sing / George Gershwin / Ira Gershwin Stan Getz 4:09
A Handful of Stars / Jack Lawrence / Ted Shapiro Stan Getz 3:20
Love Is Here to Stay / George Gershwin / Ira Gershwin Stan Getz 3:25
Serenade in Blue / Mack Gordon / Harry Warren Stan Getz 3:52
Of Thee I Sing / George Gershwin / Ira Gershwin Stan Getz 4:44
Love Is Here to Stay / George Gershwin / Ira Gershwin Stan Getz 3:30

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