Stan Getz: I'm Late, I'm Late


I'm Late, I'm Late


Stan Getz (tenor sax)


Focus (Verve 314 521 419-2)

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Stan Getz (tenor sax),

Beaux Arts String Ensemble: Gerald Tarack, Alan Martin (violins), Jacob Glick (viola), Bruce Rogers (cello), John Neves (bass), Roy Haynes (drums), unknown piano and woodwind section


Composed by Eddie Sauter. Conducted by Hershey Kay


Recorded: New York, July 14, 1961


Rating: 98/100 (learn more)

In 1961, Focus session hadn't acquired today's weasel connotations, but instead described the recording of Eddie Sauter's suite for tenor sax and orchestra. Its sprightly opening reminds highbrows of Bartók’s Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta (1936), and to us lowbrows suggests the White Rabbit in Disney's Alice in Wonderland (1951). Stan Getz's completely improvised playing on two 4-minute takes proved so remarkable, they were spliced to form a continuous 8-minute track. The violins/viola ensembles are ragged in spots, and Stan's reed balks twice, but Roy Haynes's drumming is superb, and Getz is, as usual, sublime. A very important date.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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