Stan Getz 'Award Winner' (1957) Bob Cooper 'For All We Know' (1990)
So whilst Getz was by far the more visible of the two saxophonists, it might have been the case that that visibility was as much to do with marketing as with any inherent qualities in his playing. Bob Cooper, for all the comparative modesty of his public profile, afforded us a glimpse of a depth of humanity through the medium of saxophone playing that Getz, for all his attributes, succeeded in tapping only intermittently. To conclude, perhaps an intimation of mortality, or at least a vicarious acquaintance with it, is one of the more potent aids in the evolution of musicianship.
1. Straight Life -Art & Laurie Pepper (1979) p.99