Voyage (Stan Getz album)

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Voyage
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 9, 1986
RecordedMarch 9, 1986
Music Annex Recording Studio, Menlo Park, California[1]
GenreJazz
Length50:13
LabelBlackHawk Records
ProducerHerb Wong
Stan Getz chronology
Quintessence Volume 2
(1983)
Voyage
(1986)
Anniversary!
(1987)

Voyage is a 1986 jazz album by American saxophonist Stan Getz, accompanied by pianist Kenny Barron, who consistently played with his group for his last five years of career, bassist George Mraz, and drummer Victor Lewis. This album was released late in Getz' career and was rare to find until its 2008 re-release due to high demand and low supply. The style of Voyage is very versatile, ranging from Cool Jazz to Post-Bop.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[2]

The album is voted as one of the Top 100 Jazz Albums of All Time by Carlos Sampayo.[3] Scott Yanow of AllMusic has also commented "Stan Getz found a perfect accompanist in pianist Kenny Barron".[4]

Voyage is a cosmic musical event that reveals the inside of Getz's unique tone and endless melodic ideas. The audio engineer seems to have understood the intimate nature of Getz's soul and recorded him probably as well as he was ever recorded. This feels like you're taking a ride inside his tenor sax, from deep and reedy low notes to those shocking, brilliant announcements where he slyly shouts, "Here's something you need to hear." Young tenor players who want some insight on tone need only listen to Stan's intro note on "Dreams." He holds it for two full measures and that single note tells an entire story. In this album, Kenny Barron and Stan Getz appear to have perfected the Vulcan mind-meld. Barron's backing is the perfect place setting for the Master's banquet of music. But then this amazing piano player time and again goes off on his own treks that are just about as good as you'll hear anywhere. Kenny Barron has proven over and over that he is one of the finest jazz pianists alive, no exceptions. George Mraz and Victor Lewis demonstrate what taste is all about. Everything they do perfectly compliments Getz's tenor and Barron's piano. Mraz has several bass solos that are like small master classes on how to play a bass solo...an acoustic bass solo. In the final analysis this is one of the best jazz albums ever created. It is ethereal and satisfying. It is proof that four brilliant musicians who are masters of their respective instruments is all you need to produce lasting art. That it was made in Getz's final few years shows what pinnacles he had reached. If you can find this album, buy two--and hope they outlive you.

Track listing[edit]

# Title Songwriters Length
1. "I Wanted to Say" Victor Lewis 9:25
2. "I Thought About You" Jimmy Van Heusen 5:26
3. "Yesterdays" Jerome Kern 9:18
4. "Dreams" Kenny Barron 10:22
5. "Falling in Love" Victor Feldman 8:22
6. "Voyage" Kenny Barron 7:04

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Place of Recording". Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Allmusic Review". Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Critique of Voyage". Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  4. ^ "AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow". Retrieved 20 December 2016.