"It's a pleasure to be here" says Stan Getz surveying the Californian landscape from the open-air stage he's performing on. "It's different to the dives I play in." And it clearly inspired this famously uncompromising saxophonist in the performance that's captured on this DVD-Video. The first set is chiefly made up of material by pianist Jim McNeely. who writes with a fine melodic touch, and it sets the great cool saxophonist off into a series of beautifully-shaped improvisations that will repay many viewings and listenings. Stan's quartet also includes a scintillating rhythm team is bassist Marc Johnson, who had come from working with Bill Evans in the pianist's last trio, and drummer Victor Lewis. A brisk canter through Bud Powell'S bebop classic 'Tempus Fugit' is the climax of the set, and will leave you eager for more. There's a brief nod to his popularity as one of the leaders of jazz bossa nova in the sixties, and a delightful treatment of Dave Brubeck's engaging theme 'In Your Sweet Way'. But the major setpieces in the programme are Stans's astonishingly beautiful ballad interpretations of two Billy Strayhown compositions: 'Lush Life', dedicated to the memory of the saxophonist's father, and the haunting 'Blood Count', a piece which Strayhorn completed in the last days of his life. The glorious Getz tone has never sounded better than it does here. Once again, there's inventive and full-bodied support from the accompanying trio of Jim McNeely, Marc Johnson and Victor Lewis, and an appropriately enthusiastic audience too.
Tracklisting: 1. Over The Edge 2. From The Heart 3. Answer Without Question 4. Sippin At Bells 5. Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most 6. Tempus Fugit 7. Lush Life 8. Desafinado 9. Girl From Ipanema 10. Alone Together 11. It's You Or No-One 12. In Your Own Sweet Way 13. Blood Count 14. Medley: Desfinado & Girl From Ipanema