Sunday, February 26, 2017

Interpretations by the Stan Getz Quintet

Jazz impresario and record producer Norman Granz began issuing records on his Norgran label in 1953, after founding the Clef label in the 1940s. Both of these labels, along with some recordings he produced for Mercury, were absorbed into his most famous label, Verve, in 1956. Here is Norgran MGN-1000, the first 12" LP on Norgran. (Norgran also issued 32 10" LPs.)

The Stan Getz Quintet recorded three sessions for Norgran in July and August of 1953; tracks from all three sessions came out as Interpretations, Interpretations #2, and Interpretations #3. The talented tenor saxophonist has a sympathetic, compatible group here - valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer, John Williams (not the film composer) on piano, bassist Teddy Kotick, and Frank Isola on drums. Although the cover is somewhat battered, my copy has held up well, and still sounds pretty good over 60 years after it was issued.

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