Saturday, June 23, 2018

Stan Getz Quartet & Chet Baker in Stockhom (1983)

Stan Getz Quartet & Chet Baker play cool jazz at the Södra Teatern (Southern Theatre) in Stockholm, Sweden, on February 18, 1983. The oldest theatre in Stockhom, it dates to the mid-1850s. For the set list, go [here].

The Quartet consists of Stan Getz (tenor saxophone) Jim McNeely (piano), George Mraz (double bass) and Victor Lewis (drums); and then there is Chet Baker, self-destructive but brilliant in his understanding and self-awareness. Technique is less important than artistry; robots can master technique.

The music is timeless, floating above all the despair, pain and sadness that has joined together with the hope, inspiration and happiness in an admixture of light and darkness. Such adumbrates our great societal unrest, our unease with the status quo and our real feelings of impending doom.

Such has become the narrative of modern life, all of it man-made, a messy construction of humanity’s best and worst inclinations, abilities and traits. Awareness is only the beginning in this journey. The door is open for a spiritual awakening, a personal transcendence, an acknowledgement of a Supreme Love.

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