San Francisco jazz club Keystone Korner opened its doors in 1972 and operated until 1983. Practically every major artist performed there at some point, including Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Art Blakey, McCoy Tyner, Bobby Hutcherson, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Herbie Hancock, Rahsaan Roland Kirk – and Stan Getz, who played there for a week in spring 1976. Getz divided his sets into two halves, opening with his quartet and then, after the intermission, bringing bossa nova icon, singer/guitarist João Gilberto on stage to join them. Some 12 years earlier, Getz and Gilberto had recorded the exquisite, Grammy-winning album Getz/Gilberto, which also featured Antonio Carlos Jobim on piano and Astrud Gilberto on vocals, and whose break-out single, 'The Girl from Ipanema,' triggered a global love-affair with Brazilian music.
Keystone Korner owner Todd Barkan recorded many performances at the club, but it was not until 2011 that he was persuaded to release any of them. The two Getz albums recently issued on Resonance Records – Getz/Gilberto 76 and Moments in Time are the cream of the crop so far, with stellar performances and excellent audio. Moments in Time features Getz accompanied by pianist Joanne Brackeen, bassist Clint Houston and drummer Billy Hart. Tracks include Wayne Shorter’s 'Infant Eyes,' Horace Silver’s 'Peace' and Jobim’s 'O Grande Amor.' A flawless jewel.