When the first two “Interpretations” albums by the Stan Getz quintet proved so successful, the next step obviously was to follow the pattern and this — as you must have gathered by now — was indeed done. What gave the first two “Interpretations” their standout quality, most critics agreed, was the unity of the five musicians as well as the topflight musicianship of all concerned. There is especially solid rapporti between the two featured soloists —Stan Getz, tenor saxophone, and Bob Brookmeyer, trombone. and one of the reasons for this could be the year which Brookmeyer spent with the Getz unit in 1953. This was a highly profitable year for both in terms of musical growth. (“The only way you learn,” Getz once said, “is by playing with the best — so that there’s always two challenges; first, your own inner challenge and then the fecling of being spurred by men who swing in your own outfit.”) Getz, of course, has long been regarded as one of the foremost tenor men in modero jazz, a suspicion which first took hold strongly when he (with Zoot Sims, Serge Chaloff and Herbie Steward) provlded Woody Herman with the “Four Brothers” round. It was Getz whose solo gave much meaning to Herman’s recording of the Ralph Burns composition, “Early Autumn”. Since then he has been occupied largely with leading his own group, in most cases a quintet.
For no calculated reason, the selections on the A side are taken from three separate eran.— “The Varsity Drag”, to begin with, is a tune associateti with the ebullient 1920s; Duke Ellington’s “lt Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing” is, of course, from the Swing Era—the 1930s. “Give Me the Simple Life” was popular in the mid-1940s, shortly alter the end of the war when the simple lite was every ex-GI’s happy hope. The B side includes an evergreen standard, “I´ll Remember April” along with the aforementioned Brookmeyer original.
Bill Anthony (bass)
Bob Brookmeyer (trombone)
Stan Getz (saxophone)
Frank Isola (drums)
Teddy Kotick (bass)
John Williams (piano)
01. It Don´t Mean A Thing (If It Ain´t Got That Swing) (Ellington) 6.22
02. The Varsity Drag (Henderson) 7.01
03. Give Me The Simple Life (Ruby/Bloom) 5.59
04. I´ll Remember April (DePaul) 11.01
05. Oh, Shane Snavely (Brookmeyer) 6.16