Stan Getz – Apasionado {Verve}

Stan Getz – Apasionado {Verve}

Post-Bop, Contemporary, Tenor Saxophone

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AllMusic Review by Michael G. Nastos

In the liner notes to this album, Stan Getz comments about how producer Herb Alpert showed him aspects of recording he had never experienced before. In this case, it’s how to over-produce without overwhelming a lead soloist, as Alpert loads up this date with synthesizer players, electric instruments, and effects as a backdrop for the ultra-cool tenor of Getz.

While not going overboard, it would have been nice to hear this music without the caramel-thick arrangements, leaving just Getz and a rhythm section to play sans the unnecessary sugarcoating. Initially released about a year before Getz passed away, the end result is a lazy and far too sweet group of pieces that muck up romance in a smothering fashion.

Where string arrangements can sound beautiful, the sleepy synths on “Waltz for Stan” and echoplexed sax during “Madrugada” and especially the nine-minute ambling “Midnight Ride” are not just a trifle overbearing. Eddie del Barrio’s “Coba” fares better in a fusion-on-the-rock-side mode mixed with Brazilian tropicalia, while the title track utilizes an acoustic big band mixed with synths and electric piano in a ballad-to-light-samba-to-heavy-beats sauce.

“Española” starts with an out of tune electric bass guitar followed by some clichéd electric guitar from Michael Landau, while “Amorous Cat” reflects its title in a light funk rhythm. Some very good players are included, like drummer Jeff Porcaro (Toto), percussionist Paulinho Da Costa, acoustic guitarist Oscar Castro-Neves, and keyboardist Kenny Barron, with George Bohanon and Oscar Brashear in the big-band horn section. Otherwise, this recording is far from essential music made by Stan Getz, more suitable for mood music elevator wallpaper than a substantive listening experience.

Tracklist:
01. Apasionado (8:07)
02. Coba (7:06)
03. Waltz for Stan (6:07)
04. Espanola (4:16)
05. Madrugada (5:26)
06. Amorous Cat (4:59)
07. Midnight Ride (9:00)
08. Lonely Lady (5:43)

Personnel:
Stan Getz – tenor saxophone
Eddie del Barrio – synthesizers
Mike Lang – electric piano, synthesizers
Kenny Barron – acoustic piano
Paulinho da Costa – percussion
Jimmy Johnson – bass
Oscar Castro Neves – electric guitar
Michael Landau – electric guitar on “Espanola”
Jeff Porcaro- drums
George Bohanon, Reginald Young – trombone
Noland Smith Jr., Rick Baptist, Oscar Brashear – trumpet
William Green – saxophone
Tom Johnson – tuba

Produced by Herb Alpert
Originally released as A&M 75021 5297 2 (1990)
Engineered, Mixed and Re-mixed by Niko Bolas
Assistant Engineers: Nick Jerrard, Ed Goodreau, Greg Goldman, Bob Vogt
Horns recorded by Shelly Yakus
Arranged by Herb Alpert and Eddie del Barrio
Horns and Strings Orchestrated and Conducted by Eddie Del Barrio
Recorded live in A&M Studio “A”
Mastered at The Mastering Lab by Doug Sax
Art Direction/Design: Chuck Beeson
Photography: Dean Chamberlain (flowers); Michael Miller (Stan Getz)

Reissue Supervised by Harry Weinger
Mastered by Kevin Reeves at Universal Mastering Studios-East
Art Direction: Hollis King
Design: Kazumi Matsumoto
A&R Coordination: Kyle Benson
Production Coordinator: Andy Kman

2009, The Verve Music Group, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

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