Woody Herman: Early Autumn


Early Autumn


Woody Herman Orchestra


The Definitive Stan Getz (Verve 589950)

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Stan Getz (tenor sax), Woody Herman (alto sax),

big band featuring Terry Gibbs (vibraphone)


Composed by Ralph Burns


Recorded: Hollywood, December 30, 1948


Rating: 97/100 (learn more)

During the 1950s, tenor saxophonist Stan Getz became the most popular of Lester Young's followers. But his breakthrough came as a result of his probing solo on the Woody Herman Orchestra’s 1948 recording of Ralph Burn’s gorgeous ballad “Early Autumn,” which showed off his lovely sound and advanced sense of lyricism. Getz remained popular even after other tenor styles overtook his in fashionability.

Reviewer: David Franklin

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