Early Autumn, with Woody Herman and Stan Getz

September 24, 2017 at 4:22 pm (jazz, Jim D, Sheer joy)

According to BBC Radio 4, today is officially the first day of autumn – which surprised me, as I thought it had arrived weeks ago.

Anyway, that being so, it provides me with an excellent excuse to post a video of Woody Herman’s 1948 recording of Early Autumn, composed and arranged by Ralph Burns and featuring the young tenor sax genius Stan Getz:


  1. Robert R. Calder said,

    Dee–erie me, laddie,
    yon wasna (not talking about the wonderful music) Early Autumn. Thon was the new season Called Bwreckschittsummer, or BS for short, although BS is something of which Britons or Bwreckschattupons can’t claim we’ve been short of or reasonably hope to be short of for the foreseeable unfuture

    Bwreckschittsummer is ycummen in!
    Lhude sing CUCKOO CUCKOO COOKYOU cookyou

    Awe LLwisher (Welsh Bard and Belch Ward)

    • Jim Denham said,

      I’m not sure I fully understand all of what you say, Robert; but it sounds like good stuff!

  2. Matthew Thompson said,

    I’ve been reading a bit about Ronnie Scott recently, and in particular how he viewed Getz as the most difficult jazz musician he had ever had to deal with.

    • Jim Denham said,

      It may have been Getz he had in mind when he described one of his US idols as having “not just feet of clay, but also a head of clay.”

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