Jazz Review: Stan Getz and Chet Baker Play Live in Stockholm

March 15, 2019

This is a rather unusual jazz review for us to do, since in this case we're reviewing a YouTube video of a live concert played in Stockholm in the year 1983, according to the YouTube video's title. But this concert is worth reviewing because it showcases Getz, in particular, at his best, and all the musicians on the recording are playing well. 

 

Stan Getz is famous for his recordings in the 1960s, rather than anything he did in the 1980s. He was a figure on the jazz scene for some time, and played at various tempos on the tenor saxophone; but usually with a soft tone. As it turned out, bossa nova was the perfect place for him. In the 1960s (to be more precise, around 1963), he did several recordings using Antonio Carlos Jobim's tunes, Brazilian instrumentalists, and a couple vocalists. Stan Getz's solos on the these recordings are some of the classics, especially on "Girl from Ipanema" and "Desafinado". Stan Getz, however, was not such a major figure on the jazz scene during the 1980s, when he recorded the concert in Stockholm, Sweden, that we are reviewing here. 

 

Chet Baker is the other star of the Stockholm performance. We have before reviewed performances by this famous jazz trumpet player (probably when he was alive, he was even more famous than Stan Getz) as the "Samson of Jazz" (we did another review about a Chet Baker recording here). Chet Baker began very successfully in the music industry but declined due to poor choices in lifestyle and health. Like most jazz musicians, he died too early, in 1988 when he was still in his 50's. 

 

In the case of the Stockholm recording, neither Getz or Baker were far from their deaths. However, it was an outstanding performance by both musicians, and especially in the case of Getz, it seems that he had only improved over the past 20-30 years. The 1983 Stockholm performance begins with an interview with Stan Getz, which was spoken in English but has foreign language subtitles. Following the interview, at least on the video, is Stan Getz's opening the performance; Baker comes onto the stage at a later time. 

 

 

As stated above, these musicians were at their best in terms of performance, especially Stan Getz, and therefore we'd recommend that you listen to at least part of the recording or the whole of it. The interview with Stan Getz at the beginning of the video is also quite interesting, and Getz explains where's he scheduled to perform next. 

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