Most of my favorites, the greats, are dead, I'm sorry to say. San Getz is gone, as is Lester Young and Paul Desmond. The Cool Jazz sax men who knew that the best place to start is with a pleasing sound.
But Jim Tomlinson is very much alive and brings back, variously, the sound of all three! These songs have Stan the Man Getz's breathy sweet tone (without some of the fire) and Lester Young's phrasing, but also the dry martini sound of Paul Desmond. It's a pleasure to hear a new sax man who pays attention to tone! Here Tomlinson plays a series of (mostly) Jobim songs which were popularized by Stan Getz.
The backup band could be a tad more assertive, and Tomlinson could have made it all instrumental and left the wife at home (Stacey Kent adds something on "So Nice", but not much on "Dreamer"), but that's a minor drawback.
Fine renditions of Bossa Nova classics that could have come from the heyday in the mid-sixties. Well worth the price of admission.
Curl up, have some wine and fly off to Rio.
2005 update - saw Stacy Kent & Jim at Blues Alley in DC and his technique and sound continues to just get better and better and more like Stan Getz, the King. He had a new album recorded. I keep looking for it - can't wait!