Fontessa – 1958
Stan Getz and Donald Byrd
The only time that Stan Getz and Donald Byrd were filmed together
Tenor-saxophonist Stan Getz and trumpeter Donald Byrd both had long careers that overlapped for at least four decades.
Despite that, they rarely crossed paths and were only documented playing together on one occasion, which was fortunately filmed.
With fine if unseen backing by pianist Hans Hammerschmid, bassist Doug Watkins and drummer Art Taylor, Byrd (who here sounds a bit like Clifford Brown) and Getz (who displays his usual beautiful tone) swing together, making one wish that this had happened on other occasions.