‘Lullaby Of Birdland’, by Stan Getz
Last Tuesday, February 14th 2011, Sir George Shearing died at the respectable age of 91. He was the composer of ‘Lullaby Of Birdland’, among 300 other titles.
Of course, the most heard versions of this tune are by Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan, so I thought it would be nice to play this version by Stan Getz, from his great album ‘The Complete Roost Recordings’. This collection is a three-disc, 59-track box set that contains most, but not all, of the recordings Stan Getz made for the label in the 1950’s. Roost was the first label Getz recorded for as a leader, and what’s surprising about these sessions is how mature he sounds here. He had already arrived at his full, rich tone and was able to improvise with skill and grace.
This particular take was recorded on December 19th, 1952 in New York City.
Stan Getz - Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Raney - Guitar
Duke Jordan - Piano
Bill Crow - Bass
Frank Isola - Drums