Dear Old Stockholm – 1983

Stan Getz and Chet Baker

Two great veterans of the 1950s team up for some cool jazz

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Tenor-saxophonist Stan Getz and trumpeter Chet Baker would seem to make a perfect musical team since they both had cool tones, lightly swinging styles, and similar musical tastes.

Unfortunately Getz and Baker did not get along very well on a personal basis, so they only played together for a little while during 1953-54, on the 1958 recording Stan Meets Chet, and for a 1983 European tour.

With backing by Getz’s regular rhythm section of the time (pianist Jim McNeely, bassist George Mraz and drummer Victor Lewis), they perform a gorgeous version of “Dear Old Stockholm” that displays both their memorable tones and their ability to make every note count.

As an encore, Getz and Baker return for a short unaccompanied duet version of “Line For Lyons,” playing some wonderful harmonies with each other.

-Scott Yanow


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