Stan Getz / Eddie SauterFocus

Label:Verve Records – V6-8412
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo, Gatefold
Style:Cool Jazz, Post Bop


A1I'm Late, I'm Late8:08
B1I Remember When4:57
B2Night Rider3:52
B3Once Upon A Time4:45
B4A Summer Afternoon5:56



Recorded at Webster Hall, New York City, July 14, 28, and September / October, 1961.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (side 1): V6-8412-A 61-VGS-552
  • Matrix / Runout (side 2): V6-8412-B 61-VGS-553

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Focus (LP, Album, Stereo)Verve RecordsV6-8412Canada1961
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Focus (LP, Album, Stereo)Verve Records, Verve RecordsV6-8412, V6/8412US1961
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Focus (Reel-To-Reel, 7 ½ ips, 4-Track Stereo, Stereo, 7" Cine Reel, Album)Verve TapeVSTC 269US1961
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  • dporter1624's avatar
    I wore out my original copy between 1963 and 1966. As an aspiring saxophonist I listened to this recording for hours on end. Truly one of the few examples where a hybrid (jazz/Classical) effort actually worked and this case was near perfection. The compositions are wonderful and they allowed Getz to really stretch out, both tonally and rhythmically. They were not just something for him to riff over. They allowed him to "co-compose" with Sauter and come up with a very unique texture

    Later on in my life I owned a recording studio in Menlo Park CA where just before his death Stan recorded Voyage. I had the privilege to spend a few days with him and when I asked him the not so original question, "what of your many recordings are you most proud of" he said "Focus". That statement confirmed my long held belief that Focus really was something special.
    • anthony2020's avatar
      If I were to be banished from humanity, destined to live out my life on a deserted island but given the opportunity to select one compact disc to spend the rest of my days with... without a doubt that disc would be "FOCUS". The combined genius of Eddie Sauter and Stan Getz leaves every other recorded musical genre in second, nah scratch that, 3rd, 4th or 5th would be a more likely placement. After "FOCUS" there is no other recording (IMHO) that conveys as much sensitivity creativity or emotional integrity... hence the fatality of second place. Although its 50th anniversary is on the horizon, this recording sounds as fresh today as it did when this old man was enchanted by and seduced by the musicality of life.



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