I discovered these two gems about a month ago and have been listening to them almost non stop. These albums were produced in 1954 by the well-known French pianist/producer Henri Renaud. He gathered together some incredibly talented musicians all of whom were regulars playing the famous Birdland club at the time and what a group of Allstars, these bebop orientated sessions are fantastic. Big things do come in small packages!! Discover and enjoy!!
By 1950 Stan Getz began to depart from the style of his idol Lester Young. He formed a quartet with Horace Silver playing together for only a few months. 1951 he toured Sweden upon his return forming a quintet with Jimmy Raney developing a smoother style of Bop that would herald in the Cool Jazz style of playing. He played with Charlie Parkers Birdland sextet, and Miles Davis. Stan cut an album with Dizzy Gillespies sextet in 1953, a great example of his music during this transitional time of his life. In the 50’s Stan Getz became one of the most popular on the jazz scene, winning many Jazz Polls, playing with all the “GREATS” . When in 1958 he spent the next 2 years in Europe moving to Denmark.
At Birdland known as “The Jazz Capital of The World” in Newyork City, there are a couple of really good sessions in April that caught my eye. First on the 7th. thru the 11th the club will be featuring Joe Lovano’s Quartet with 91 years old Hank Jones (piano), Paul Motian (drums), and George Maraz (bass). Then beginning April 14th – the 19th. will be the The Blue Note 7 commemorating the 70th. anniversary of Bluenote. If you are in the area this would be a real treat.
The Blue Note 7 is: Nicolas Peyton trumpet, Bill Charlap piano, Lewis Nash drums, Peter Washington bass, Ravi Coltrane tenor saxophone, Steve Wilson alto sax / flute, and Peter Bernstein guitar. This is some incredible playing here, tracks were selected to highlight Blue Note classic jazz music from the past. The arraignment’s are wonderfully done. The band has a 51 city tour this year culminating with a 6 night gig at Bird Land. I can see another album coming from one of these dates.