Stan Getz & Oscar Peterson: Pennies from Heaven


Pennies from Heaven


Stan Getz with the Oscar Peterson Trio


Stan Getz and the Oscar Peterson Trio (Universal 9175)

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

Composed by Arthur Johnston & Johnny Burke


Recorded: Los Angeles, October 10, 1957


Rating: 96/100 (learn more)

Every cloud has a copper lining, according to this Depression-era song: "Every time it rains, it rains pennies from heaven." The sentiment must've appealed to Depression's child Stan Getz, especially in 1957, the year this perennial poll-winner declared bankruptcy. Reporting liabilities of $42,398.59 against assets of $86.11, Getz proved a $70-a-day heroin habit can eviscerate even a $1,000 weekly income. Amazingly, his "personal problems" (the jazz press' favorite euphemism) never clouded his musicianship, which remained invariably sunny. This track, for instance (notwithstanding a flub towards the end), has Getz in all his glory, which is as glorious as glory gets.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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  • 1 katelynn // May 30, 2009 at 08:47 PM
    wow so im ganna have pennies from heaavens coming to my dorr front this year apparintly