Stan Getz (featuring Astrud Gilberto): It Might As Well Be Spring


It Might As Well Be Spring


Stan Getz (tenor sax)


Getz Au Go Go (Verve 821 725-2)

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Stan Getz (tenor sax), Astrud Gilberto (vocals), Gary Burton (vibes),

Gene Cherico (bass), Helico Milito (drums)


Composed by Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein


Recorded: New York, August 19, 1964


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

This Rodgers & Hammerstein gem from the 1945 film State Fair has long made the rounds as a jazz standard and receives a beautiful reading here. The leader and Gilberto play off each other right from the top with Getz weaving obbligatos in and out of her fairly straight reading of the melody. Getz plays a fine, though somewhat disjointed solo, which is almost anticlimactic following the lithe intertwining he performs with the singer. Given the light and smoky tone of both Stan and Astrud, the ensemble sounds like the archetypal jazz group laboring away in some bohemian Greenwich Village nightclub. Indeed, the album purports to have been recorded in just such a setting. The problem is, it's not true. The live tapes were deemed unusable by Verve and the band was sent to the studio for retakes. The results were issued with ersatz applause, and—all things being fair in war and the record business—everyone lived happily ever after. Although the liner notes credit guitarist Kenny Burrell as playing on this track, for the life of me I can't hear him (unless he was one of those providing ersatz applause in the studio).

Reviewer: Frank Murphy

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