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Stan Getz with Guest Artist Laurindo Almeida
Continuing his practice of running through one star guitarist after another, this time Stan Getz has Laurindo Almeida as the designated rhythm man, featured composer, and solo foil. On this 1963 release, the rhythm section is an authentically swinging mixture of American sidemen (including Steve Kuhn on piano and George Duvivier on bass) and Brazilian percussionists. Almeida didn't like to improvise, so his solos stay close to the tunes, inflected with a perfectly matched feeling for the groove along with classical poise. Jobim's "Outra Vez" is a particularly lovely example of Getz's freedom and effortless lyricism contrasted against Almeida's anchored embroidering. Sessions like these might have been seen as cashing in on the boom at the time, yet in the long view, one should be thankful that these musicians were recording so much cherishable material. A numbered limited edition of 500 copies pressed on Audiophile Clear Vinyl (ACV).