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Hardcover Stan Getz: A Life in Jazz Book

ISBN: 0688123155

ISBN13: 9780688123154

Stan Getz: A Life in Jazz

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Stan Getz's prodigiously prolific musical career encompassed the tumultuous eras of big band, swing, be-bop, and free jazz. Though he is most famous for "The Girl from Ipanema," Getz's extraordinary... This description may be from another edition of this product.

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stan getz

a good biographic book on stan getz, i guess it always helps to appreciate more the music of you know the background of the artist. this book provides that.

stan Getz. A life in jazz

I knew that Stan lived a complicated life, but this book says it all. His life with all its ups and downs.....highs and punches pulled. Informative and well written, the book covers all the important events in Stan's life right to the end. The final period when he became sober, attempting to make amends to as many people as he could for his apalling behaviour is well documented. A tortured genius but the author covers in full the power and artistry of this great unique musician.

Lester gave him the banner and he ran with it

As far back as I can recall, Stan Getz had always been my personal favorite jazz musician of all time. Blessed with an incredible musical memory - you just have to listen to the amount of quotes he would use during the course of a solo - he was able to render some of the most obscure lines from popular music to jazz lines to Jewish anthems. His personal sound was readily identifiable, pure,wholesome and wondrously beautiful and never filtered with sentimentality. When you heard a Getz solo there was never any mistake who was playing. Lester Young flowed through him and initially set the mold to this master jazz musician. Stan Getz carried the banner from Lester and ran with it.This book covers much of Stan Getz and his musical as well as personal life. Behind his playing was a torturous life hampered by drugs, alcohol, severe depression and anger. You would never have known this about the man after spending years of following and listening to the progressions of his performing art. Unlike the Chet Baker book this book chronologically follows his music as well as the events in his personal life. I found it inspiring to read about various recording sessions and all that was happening in his life at the time. All this while following it, by listening to the particular recording mentioned. He was a perfectionist and achieved it most of the time. If he felt his playing not to be at par this depressed him and would sadly result in dissonance for him and his family. He thought he needed to be stoned to play better. The irony is that he was throughout much of his life. Maggin mentions the many times when Stan would be inspired, either by another musician or a piece of music, that his playing would suddenly ignite and reach incredible levels of Art. I, for one, have on many occasions,witnessed such performances by him.This again brings up the question that has bothered me as a very devoted jazz follower: In order for the music to become a pure art, must it have flowed through the artist through suffering and artificially altering his senses with drugs and alcohol? Further, are the jazz musicians of today too antiseptic to ever achieve pure estheticism? These are troubling thoughts and often lends me to think that it may be impossible to truly create in a totally sober environment. True, the music can be technically brilliant, intricate and interesting, but would it be Getz,Parker, Monk, Baker, Davis or Coltrane?The book is very well written by Maggin and covers the career of Stan Getz thoroughly. Maggin has struck a delicate balance between the music, life and times of Getz. The nurturing, friendships and relationships of the musicians who began playing, developing and expanding with his various musical groups are clarified throughout the book. This book is an indispensable guide for anyone that has followed any of the aspects of Stan Getz the musician and the man.

Stan Getz:'THE Sound',the life-what contrasts!

Okay, I'm a fairly knowledgeable jazz buff, got lots of Stan Getz CDs. Thought I'd try a book about the man behind the incredible sounds of deep emotions. But whoa! This guy was as much a mess off the stage as Chet Baker, Charlie Parker, Art Pepper,et. al. I had NO idea!! Donald Maggin does a fine job of reporting the events as they occurred & lets us formulate our opinions about this incredible "Life In Jazz". The book badly needs a discography although to follow along w/ the story. Maybe next edition?! Otherwise a book hard to put down for jazzbos AND paparazzi/soap opera lovers! Dr.Mike Baughan Richmond,Va

Engaging chronicle of the life and times of a jazz master.

In his 49 year career Stan Getz was a master in all the major movements in jazz. Yet, in each idiom he was able to sustain his distinct style and voice on the tenor saxaphone and remained an important contributor to the evolution and vitality of Jazz throughout his career. Like many of his contemporaries he also endured a troubled personal life including drug addiction, alcohol abuse, troubled marriages and agonizing emotional pain. In "Stan Getz: A Life in Jazz" Donald L. Maggin not only effectively chronicles Getz's personal and career developments, but he also takes time to establish the context of Getz's musical development in the careers of the people he played with and the larger jazz movements. This is a compelling story which celebrates Getz's triumphs and empathizes with his pain without excusing his abuses. An excellent biography which offers a view of the jazz world since WW II. Highly recommended reading of equal value to jazz enthusiasts and casual listeners. Charlie Saxe Chicago, Illinois
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