Early Stan is a fair enough title for this album, since it has plenty of essential Stan Getz. But Early Stan, Terry, and Jimmy might have been even fairer, because Terry Gibbs and Jimmy Raney were the leaders of the record dates that resulted in the 1949 78-RPM singles and 1953 10-inch LP eventually gathered together in a 12-inch LP called Early Stan. Such historical facts aside, the tracks contain some of these men's best recorded work, early, late, or middle. The empathy between Getz and Raney was never greater, and "'Round Midnight" is one of their classic performances. The seven-piece group led by Gibbs was an offshoot of Woody Herman's Second Herd and alive with the spirit of that great band.
with Hall Overton, Red Mitchell, Frank Isola, Shorty Rogers, Earl Swope, George Wallington, Curly Russell, Shadow Wilson