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Stan Getz And Jimmy Rowles’ “The Peacocks”

Highlighting a 1970s masterpiece from two jazz veterans.

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The LP cover for Stan Getz and Jimmy Rowles' THE PEACOCKS.

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When Rowles met Getz: intimate musical magic.

Tenor saxophonist Stan Getz and pianist-singer Jimmy Rowles teamed up in 1977 at the height of the fusion era to produce a straighahead classic. The Peacocks, as critic Dan Morgenstern observes in his liner notes, puts Rowles in all sorts of contexts: as a solo pianist, a vocalist, a small-group accompanist, a composer (the lovely title track was written by him) and as a duet partner with Getz.

We’ll also hear music from Chet Baker, Tony Bennett, and Nat King Cole.

Music Heard On This Episode

What Am I Here For?
Stan Getz/Jimmy Rowles — The Peacocks (Koch/Sony, 2000)
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What Am I Here For?
Stan Getz/Jimmy Rowles — The Peacocks (Koch/Sony, 2000)
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I Remember You
Helen Merrill — The Nearness Of You/You've Got A Date With The Blues (AIS, 2011)
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How Deep Is The Ocean
Chet Baker — You Can't Go Home Again (Polygram, 2000)
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Smoke Rings
Henry Mancini — The Blues And The Beat (BMG, 1998)
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I'll Never Be The Same
Stan Getz/Jimmy Rowles — The Peacocks (Koch/Sony, 2000)
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Lester Left Town
Stan Getz/Jimmy Rowles — The Peacocks (Koch/Sony, 2000)
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The Blues (midpoint music bed)
Henry Mancini — The Blues And The Beat (BMG, 1998)
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But Beautiful
Tony Bennett/Bill Evans — Complete Recordings (Fantasy, 2009)
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You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me
Paul Motian/Rebecca Martin — On Broadway V. 4 (Winter and Winter, 2006)
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Blues In My Heart
Helen Merrill — The Nearness Of You/You've Got A Date With The Blues (AIS, 2011)
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Sometimes I'm Happy
Nat King Cole — Complete After Midnight Sessions (Blue Note, 1999)
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The Peacocks
Stan Getz/Jimmy Rowles — The Peacocks (Koch/Sony, 2000)
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My Buddy
Stan Getz — The Peacocks (Koch/Sony, 2000)
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David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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