Stan Getz records ‘Focus’ for Verve with a string orchestra (1961)

Stan Getz‘ ‘Focus’ is an album recorded on July 14 & 28 and September-October 1961 with a string orchestra and released the same year by Verve.

Track Listing : 1.I’M Late, I’M Late (Eddie Sauter) – 08:10 . 2.Her (Eddie Sauter) – 06:13 . 3.Pan (Eddie Sauter) – 03:58 . 4.I Remember When (Eddie Sauter) – 05:03 . 5.Night Rider (Eddie Sauter) – 03:58 . 6.Once Upon A Time (Eddie Sauter) – 04:48 . 7.A Summer Afternoon (Eddie Sauter) – 06:03

Pete Turner

Musicians : Stan Getz – Tenor Saxophone . Steve Kuhn – Piano . John Neves – Bass . Roy Haynes – Drums . Alan Martin – Violin . Norman Carr – Violin . Gerald Tarack – Violin . Jacob Glick – Viola . Bruce Rogers – Cello . Eddie Sauter – Arranger . Hershy Kay – Conductor

Production : Produced By Creed Taylor . Ray Hall – Engineer, Mastering

Package : Pete Turner asterisques RVM – Cover Photo . Takao Ogawa – Liner Notes . Dom Cerulli – Liner Notes

Recorded On July 14 & 28 And September-October 1961 At Webster Hall, New York City.

Released In 1961 By Verve.

(Source Stan Getz‘ ‘Focus’ | The sound – Official Homepage)


King_Insano @ RateYourMusic
Me and third stream string arrangements are in a constant state of war and Getz’ Focus is no exception. All I can hear here is the rhythmic aspect of jazz being sacrificed to create background music for the kitschy movie scene of the 50’s. […]

The Guardian
Getz is a wonder, delivering a stream of melodic invention that’s adventurous, yet grounded in the golden era of jazz. Unlike other experiments of this nature, time has been kind to Focus. […]

Hits & Gigs
Unfortunately, this recording was never a wild success for Stan as it should have been. It had poor sales, which may have contributed to its lack of popular acclaim today. This is another record that actually pains me to know that more people don’t own it. […]


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