Back in 1949 Stan Getz was THE Lester Young disciple, as this collection with Al Haig demonstrates. There are nuances of Getz’s own sound, but it was still nascent; he’s bleeding cool school here with Roy Haynes, Stan Levey, Jim Ramey, Tommy Potter and Kai Winding on syncopated snippets like "Liza” and E2Pinch Bottle.” Blossom Dearie chirps a few lyrics as well, and Ramey’s guitar work was a major trend setter in it’s day. Excellent early Stan.
In 1949 and '50, when these performances were recorded, Al Haig, Tommy Potter, and Roy Haynes were the premier rhythm section in jazz. They worked clubs with both the master Charlie Parker and the young tenor sax star Stan Getz, and also backed other players and singers in the studios. This excellent anthology contains their only trio session and a Haig sextet date (with Getz, Kai Winding, and Jimmy Raney) in their entirety, plus four tracks that complete two famous sessions documented on Stan Getz Quartets (OJC-121). There are also samples of two jazz vocal styles, as Blossom Dearie and Raney bop and Junior Parker croons.
with Kai Winding, Jimmy Raney, Tommy Potter, Gene Ramey, Roy Haynes, Stan Levey, Blossom Dearie, Junior Parker