Stan Getz: Falling In Love

Track

Falling In Love

Artist

Stan Getz (tenor sax)

CD

Serenity (Emarcy 838770-2)

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Musicians:

Stan Getz (tenor sax), Kenny Barron (piano), Rufus Reid (bass), Victor Lewis (drums).

Composed by Victor Feldman

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Recorded: live at the Cafe Montmartre, Copenhagen, Denmark, July 6, 1987

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Rating: 98/100 (learn more)

There are those who may not have realized that Serenity was recorded live on the same day in 1987 that produced Getz's magnificent Anniversary, given that between those two releases, several less than stellar Getz recordings were issued. Getz, who had turned 60 earlier in 1987, believed he could be terminally ill (he would survive four more years), and played his heart out during two sets at the Cafe Montmartre. In his biography Stan Getz: A Life in Jazz, Donald L. Maggin quotes Getz: "I thought that these concerts [that summer] could be my last ones, and that gave me the feeling of 'Now I really have to try my best.' I felt strong, although my life was in danger....In my fantasy, I was singing my musical swan song."

Not to be confused with "Falling in Love with Love," Victor Feldman's gorgeous ballad "Falling in Love" is just one of many stunning masterpieces that Getz spun out that night. Emotionally charged and heartfelt, his playing is never anything but sublime. Barron's rapport with Getz is uncanny and immediately noticed as such, while Getz plays the romantic theme with his unsurpassed, lustrous tone. (This is, by the way, one of the best-engineered live club recordings you'll ever hear.) Just as you begin to luxuriate in the leisurely pace and soothing, enveloping sound and mood, Getz surprises with some popped notes and an expansion of others that gives them an exclamatory, echoing urgency. His solo also picks up in both tempo and fervor before mellowing out to more tender embellishments at its conclusion, whereupon the awestruck audience gratefully releases its appreciative sighs and applause. Barron, whose playing seemed to attain a higher level in his years with Getz, displays a refined lyricism in his shorter solo, after which Getz returns at an accelerated tempo only to unwind into a more reflective state of mind once more. Getz's spellbinding coda is both loving and emphatic, and contains a seductive held note that you wish would never end.

Reviewer: Scott Albin

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  • 1 Ba // Jan 16, 2009 at 05:35 PM
    There are no words to describe such a beautiful ballad...