Returning to Stan Getz

I remember listening to Stan Getz as a kid growing up in rural Wisconsin, my fingers gently tapping to the sway of Bossa Nova while the snow fell outside my window. It was a genre that enticed because of its contradictions, merging lightheartedness with melancholy, forthrightness with mystery. Recently, I’ve returned to Getz by way of Bossas and Ballads. It’s a lovely album, featuring several of Kenny Barron’s delicate compositions. Much of what makes Getz great can be found here: his thoughtfulness, soft sophistication, and inexhaustible creativity. The first track–“Sunshower”–is my favorite.