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Listen For Stan Getz's "Bossas and Ballads" On NPR's Weekend Edition
(Excerpt from

"Herb Alpert Remembers Stan Getz"

"'Lost Sessions' Tapes Released on CD as 'Bossas and Ballads'"
Jan. 11, 2004

"-- In 1989, two years before his death from cancer, tenor saxophonist Stan Getz entered the studio with producer Herb Alpert and an all-star rhythm section, booked for multiple sessions over four days. For Getz it was a routine gig with one exception: he would be sober and drug-free.

The sessions, shelved soon after in favor of a more ambitious project, have only recently resurfaced in the A&M vaults. Alpert supervised the September 2003 release of Bossas and Ballads: The Lost Sessions, which features nine tracks from those recordings.

NPR's Liane Hansen asked Alpert about his friendship with the notoriously difficult Getz -- known as "The Sound" for his distinctive, smoky tone.

"He hadn't played under those..."

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