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'Getz at The Gate' is easily one of the great treasures in recorded jazz / JazzdaGama

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This extraordinary recording, Getz at The Gate sub-titled Live at The Village Gate Nov 26 1961, was – we are told – canned for nearly 58 years and one can only assume that the tenor saxophonist Stan Getz, who was at the height of his powers (and popularity) during the time it was recorded, was in his Brasilian orbit. The success he had begun to attain with this band that was almost immediately surpassed with the group he formed four months later. That group included Charlie Byrd, Gene Byrd, Keter Betts and Buddy Deppenschmidt (and Bill Deppenschmidt Sr.) and with the recording Jazz Samba (MGM/Verve, 1962) Mr Getz's reputation experienced a near-atomic explosion.

The rest was history. However, with its 2019 release, one is introduced to a group that included the inimitable pianist Steve Kuhn and a phenomenal bassist John Neves who joined Mr Getz and the great drummer Roy Haynes to produce what is easily one of the great treasures in recorded Jazz. Actually the recording began its life as a riveting concert at The Village Gate where Mr Getz is on song. In 1961, Mr Getz, who had already burst on the scene playing with guitarist Johnny Smith on Moonlight in Vermont (Roost, 1952), brought this group together and was unbelievably just 34 years old; a time in his life and playing career when he had come through the influence of Bebop and has headed into the realm of Bossa Nova. Fortuitously (for us today) there was a holdover in a lounge somewhere in between Bebop and rest of mainstream Jazz.

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