Stan Getz – Moments in Time (review)

Stan Getz – Moments in Time (Resonance) review

A jazz legend at the top of his game in a never-before heard live performance

This disc is a companion to Getz/Gilberto ’76, and features performances recorded during the same week-long stint at the Keystone Korner in San Francisco – but this time the spotlight is trained on the legendary saxophonist and his fabulous accompanying trio.
Because the teaming of Getz and Gilberto was such a rarity, their disc has garnered much of the publicity, but Moments in Time is in no way an afterthought. In fact, it shows Getz at the peak of his prowess – able to easily move from the jazz standard “Summer Night” to more contemporary fare, like the gorgeous reading of Wayne Shorter’s “Infant Eyes.” He acknowledges his bossa nova roots with “O Grande Amor,” originally on the groundbreaking first Getz/Gilberto album from 1964.

Getz honks through “The Cry of the Wild Goose,” while his band lays down a funky groove. The extended take on Dizzy Gillespie’s “Con Alma” gives pianist Joanne Brackeen a chance to really shine, and features numerous tempo changes. They also turn in an superb rendition of Duke Ellington’s “Prelude to a Kiss.”

The sound quality is phenomenal – you really forget this is a live recording until you hear clapping at the end of each track.

When Resonance puts together a booklet, they leave no stone unturned – this time featuring glowing testimonials to Getz by disciples Branford Marsalis and Joshua Redman, plus interviews with surviving members of Getz’s band, the Keystone Korner owner Todd Barkan, and even Stan Getz’s son, Steve – all helping to enhance the listening experience by providing depth and color.

Moments in Time is an excellent example of Stan Getz’s genius captured in a live performance – highly recommended for fans of classic jazz. —Tony Peters