Stan Getz: I Want to Be Happy


I Want to Be Happy


Stan Getz (tenor sax) and Oscar Peterson (piano)


Stan Getz and The Oscar Peterson Trio (Verve 827 826-2)

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Stan Getz (tenor sax), Oscar Peterson (piano), Herb Ellis (guitar), Ray Brown (bass).

Composed by Vincent Youmans and Irving Caesar


Recorded: Los Angeles on October 10, 1957


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

Stan Getz formed a working relationship with Oscar Peterson during his participation in Norman Granz’s Jazz at the Philharmonic (JATP) tours, and their meeting for this record date was only natural. Peterson’s drummer-less trio format (which was derived from the classic Nat “King” Cole trio) provided the unique opportunity to showcase Getz’ warm-toned appeal. The saxophonist’s abilities to spin out endless variations of dynamically charged, almost verbal phrases continue to provide an amazing listening experience today. The group swings easy and breathes new light into this evergreen.

Reviewer: David Tenenholtz

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