180

Mark Colby: Speaking of Stan

Elliott Simon By

Sign in to view read count
Almost fifteen years after the death of tenor saxophonist Stanley Gayetzky, aka Stan Getz, the sheer breadth of his musical accomplishments still boggles the mind. Thus it was with some skepticism that I began to listen to Speaking of Stan, tenor man Mark Colby's tribute to the man about whom Trane said, "Let's face it. We would all play like him, if we could. Colby, however, succeeds masterfully in capturing a good bit of the essence of Getz, due in no small part to his own superb tone, providing an intimate take on his friend and mentor.

Over twenty other musicians aid Colby in presenting his paean. He has chosen well, and although a sax/guitar pairing akin to Getz' famous collaborations is lacking, much else is here. "Blue Getz Blues is an awesomely cooking big band reprise of a swinger from Getz's early days with Woody Herman (Early Autumn, Capitol, 1949) and the string arrangements of Focus (Verve, 1961) are tenderly reminisced through the newly penned compositions "When It Matters and "Give and Take.

Former Getz pianist Jim McNeely appears on four cuts, soulfully dueting with Colby on a stunningly sincere rendering of a tender "Goodbye, coolly swinging on "How Deep is the Ocean and "Sometime Ago and, yes, adding to the bop festivities of Colby's own "What is a Buddha? . Vibraphonist Dick Sisto assists in bringing bossa/samba to the fore with a breezy interpretation of Benny Carter's "Only Trust Your Heart and a hot construction of Chick Corea's "Sea Journey by way of Eric Hochberg's bass and Bob Rummage's drums, while Gary Burton's "Out of Focus injects a more modern edge into the proceedings. Colby's spoken outro adds a finishing touch to this highly personal portrait.


Track Listing: When It Matters; Only Trust Your Heart; How Deep Is the Ocean; Sometime Ago; What Is a Buddha?; Sea Journey; Out of Focus; Give and Take; Blue Getz Blues; Goodbye; Speaking of Stan.

Personnel: Mark Colby: tenor saxophone; Tracks 1,8: Jim Trompeter: piano; Eric Hochberg: bass; Bob Rummage: drums; Peter LaBella, Kevin Case, Teresa Fream, Mike Shelton: violin; Terri Van Valkinburgh: viola; Pete Szczepanek: cello; Tracks 2,6,7: Dick Sisto: vibraphone; Eric Hochberg: bass; Bob Rummage: drums; Tracks 3-5: Jim McNeely: piano; Kelly Sill: bass; Joel Spencer: drums; Track 9: Rob Parton, Scott Wagstaff, Kirk Garrison, Mike McGrath: trumpet; Bob Frankich, Bob Rzeszutko, Brian Budzik, Ted Hogarth: reeds; Tom Garling, Brian Jacobi, Andy Baker: trombone; Tom Matta: bass trombone; Don Stille: piano; Tim Fox: bass; Bob Rummage: drums; Track 10: Jim McNeely: piano.

Title: Speaking of Stan | Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: Hallway Records


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Harmony of Difference CD/LP/Track Review Harmony of Difference
by Phil Barnes
Published: October 18, 2017
Read No Answer CD/LP/Track Review No Answer
by Karl Ackermann
Published: October 18, 2017
Read Agrima CD/LP/Track Review Agrima
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: October 18, 2017
Read Bright Yellow with Bass CD/LP/Track Review Bright Yellow with Bass
by Glenn Astarita
Published: October 18, 2017
Read Kurrent CD/LP/Track Review Kurrent
by C. Andrew Hovan
Published: October 17, 2017
Read Duets CD/LP/Track Review Duets
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: October 17, 2017
Read "Swallowed by the New" CD/LP/Track Review Swallowed by the New
by Doug Collette
Published: November 5, 2016
Read "In the Still of the Night" CD/LP/Track Review In the Still of the Night
by Nicholas F. Mondello
Published: May 22, 2017
Read "A Cry For Peace" CD/LP/Track Review A Cry For Peace
by Geannine Reid
Published: October 24, 2016
Read "Ljubljana" CD/LP/Track Review Ljubljana
by Glenn Astarita
Published: April 2, 2017
Read "Lost at Last" CD/LP/Track Review Lost at Last
by Geno Thackara
Published: November 10, 2016
Read "Rediscovered Ellington" CD/LP/Track Review Rediscovered Ellington
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: August 29, 2017

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.