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Stan Getz: In Copenhagen 1987
Stan Getz In Copenhagen 1987
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
NR     2008

According to discographies, the extraordinary quartet formed by the inimitable Stan Getz with Kenny Barron on piano, Rufus Reid on bass and Victor Lewis on drums would record together on one sole occasion: two sets perform...  more »


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Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Sub-Genres: Pop, Jazz
Studio: Jazz Shots Spain
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 11/25/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1987
Release Year: 2008
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
Edition: Import
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Great Getz & Company!
Warren Weise | Lakeville, MN United States | 11/27/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Stan Getz and his quartet...Kenny Barron, Rufus Reid and Victor Lewis...played two sets on a hot night in July of 1987 at the Cafe Montmarte in Copenhagen. Their performance that evening produced two excellent CD's, "Anniversary" and "Serenity". Fortunately, one of the sets was also visually recorded and produced this DVD. It leaves us with a wonderful example of the high level of musicianship these four consistently displayed, as a group and individually. The beauty of this recording is that we are able to not only hear but see the astounding interplay that these gentlemen were capable of when performing together. From a technical standpoint, the visual and audio components are at a very high level even given the fact that the sound is captured monaurally. The selections are a nice blend of jazz standards, both uptempo and ballads. Just four years before his death, Stan was still at the height of his creativity and plays with his usual drive and sensitivity. If you never had an opportunity to see this great artist live, this is the next best thing. One of the iconic figures in jazz tastefully supported by three of the best in the business makes it easy for me to highly recommend this DVD."
A joy to see Getz play this wonderful concert
Simon Murray | London, England | 07/28/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I totally agree with people who say that this is some of the finest and most beautiful jazz ever recorded. If you love the music on the CDs then you'll enjoy seeing it performed live, with all the musicians' idiosyncrasies.

Getz fiddles a lot with his saxophone and the sound microphone (sometimes quite aggressively), and loses his cool. No wonder he sounds out of breath at the start of "I can't get started". Listening to the CD I thought it was because he was old/ill - but as the film shows, it's because he'd been having a go at the TV director about one of the TV lights.

Technically, its very instructive to watch Getz play. As he grew older he seemed to find more bite and depth to his solos. He lost some of the lighter, airy lyricism that could (on occasion) make his playing...well..light and airy. Here he's always on top of the music - not drifting around it - and is especially tight at the start and end of his solos. The track "What is this thing called love" genuinely surprised me when I first heard it, for the energy and sustained pace of Getz's solo. Getz was never short of things to say on the saxophone, but here he puts together an exceptional solo full of ideas at a rate that belies his age and health. I especially like the calling sounds he makes as he advances towards the microphone at the start of this solo.

Rufus Reid looks cool in his T-shirt, and plays angelically. The great Kenny Barron and Victor Lewis are also fun to watch in action. Their body language and glances give quite a lot away. You even get to see the hip audience with its syncopated clapping.

There are many famous live concerts I wish were recorded on film. Thank goodness this one was.
Great jazz.
John R. Traxler | 06/26/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you love great jazz, don't pass on this one. The sound, photography and presentation are all superb. In summation. buy this one and enjoy watching four geniuses in action."
Spectacular display of talent
raised12th | 04/21/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have had the CD of this recording since it was first released in the late 80's, & have always considered it to be one of finest jazz recordings of all time. It doesn't get any better. During the course of Stan's life, I was fortunate to have seen him in both concert and small club venues, and this DVD brings back the fondest of memories. Being a jazz musician myself, I've always preferred a intimate club setting for performance purposes, and this recording is superb. Both video & audio are great. Well worth the buck. Don't hesitate!"