March 6, 2015

20,000 Vinyl LPs 36: Stan Getz ~ Another World

Stan Getz ~ Another World
 album cover photo by Guiseppe Pino
photo of album by Styrous® 

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Another World is my favorite jazz album of all time simply because of one piece of music on it, Another World. The other works on the album are pretty traditional jazz renderings but Another World is something else!

In 1972, Getz recorded with Chick Corea Tony Williams and Stanley Clarke, and during this period experimented with an Echoplex on his saxophone.  

Another World is a result of this experimentation; it is a venture into a previously unknown sonic world. It is a sax solo by Getz that goes nowhere and everywhere. It is sparse, echoey, distant and near, mysterious, vibrant but quiet, harsh and delicate. It is ethereal and dreamy but can turn into nightmare at the drop of a hat. It clocks in at over six minutes (plenty of time to fool around in) and it is magnificent. The work was written by Getz as an exercise in acoustic exploration that was unknown at that time.

It's a stunner! 

Another World can be heard on YouTube (link at the bottom or you can listen to it while you read the rest of this article by clicking here)

Stan Getz ~ Another World
 album back cover photo by Jacques Straessli
photo of album by Styrous® 

Stan Getz was born Stanley Getz on February 2, 1927, at St. Vincent's Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was an American jazz saxophonist who primarily played the tenor saxophone. Coming to prominence in the late 1940s with Woody Herman's big band, Getz is described by critic Scott Yanow as "one of the all-time great tenor saxophonists". 

In 1943 at the age of 16, he was accepted into Jack Teagarden's band, and because of his youth he became Teagarden's ward. Getz also played along with Nat King Cole and Lionel Hampton. After playing for Stan Kenton, Jimmy Dorsey, and Benny Goodman, Getz was a soloist with Woody Herman from 1947 to 1949 in "The Second Herd", and he first gained wide attention as one of the band's saxophonists, who were known collectively as 'The Four Brothers', the others being Serge Chaloff, Zoot Sims and Herbie Steward. With Herman, he had a hit with Early Autumn and after Getz left "The Second Herd" he was able to launch his solo career. He was the leader on almost all of his recording sessions after 1950.

His reputation was greatly enhanced by his featured status on Johnny Smith's 1952 album Moonlight in Vermont, that year's top jazz album. The single of the title tune became a hit that stayed on the charts for months.  

Getz went on to perform in bebop, cool jazz and third stream, but is perhaps best known for popularizing bossa nova, with the worldwide hit single The Girl from Ipanema (1964), one of the most well-known latin jazz tracks which won a Grammy Award

Stan Getz ~ Another World
gatefold album
album cover photos by
Jacques Straessli & Guiseppe Pino
photo of album by Styrous® 

The many artists he has performed with is a roster of the Who's Who of the jazz world: Horace Silver, Johnny Smith, Oscar Peterson, Charlie Parker, Charlie Byrd, Gary McFarland, Roy Haynes, Herb Ellis, Ray Brown, Max Roach, Chick Corea, Tony Williams, Stanley Clarke, Al Haig, Tommy Potter.; and last but certainly not least, Antonio Carlos Jobim, João Gilberto and his wife, Astrud Gilberto, on the afore mentioned bossa nova works.

A live album, Getz/Gilberto Vol. 2, followed, as did Getz Au Go Go (1964), a live recording at the Cafe Au Go Go. Getz's love affair with Astrud Gilberto brought an end to his musical partnership with her and her husband, and he began to move away from bossa nova and back to cool jazz.

He had a cameo in the film The Exterminator (1980).

Stan Getz ~ Another World
gatefold album interior detail
album photos by
Jacques Straessli & Guiseppe Pino
detail photo by Styrous® 

Getz became involved with drugs and alcohol while a teenager. In 1954, he was arrested for attempting to rob a pharmacy to get a morphine fix. As he was being processed in the prison ward of Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, his wife, Beverly, gave birth to their third child one floor below.

Getz died of liver cancer on June 6, 1991. His body was cremated and his ashes were scattered at sea, off the coast of Marina del Rey, California.

In 1998, the Stan Getz Media Center and Library at Berklee College of Music was dedicated through a donation from the Herb Alpert Foundation.

Stan Getz ~ Another World
record label detail
detail photo by Styrous® 


Side 1:

A1     Pretty City     10:25
A2     Keep Dreaming     7:49

Side 2:

B1     Sabra     9:34
B2     Anna     3:06
B3     Another World (written by S. Getz*)   6:10

Side 3: 

C1     Sum Sum     7:06
C2     Willow Weep For Me  (written by A. Ronell*)   11:21

Side 4:  

D1     Blue Serge (written by M. Ellington*)    3:38
D2     Brave Little Pernille     7:15
D3     Club 7 And Other Wild Places     9:02


Recorded and mixed at Mountain Recording Studios, Montreux, Switzerland.

Original Release Date: 1978
Label: Columbia Records - 35513
Total Time: 60:15 min

Stan Getz discography 
Giuseppe Pino photography discography    

Another World on YouTube  
Keep Dreaming on YouTube

What an amazing adventure!

Styrous® ~ Friday, February 27, 2015

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