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In Brief

July 31, 1994|LEONARD FEATHER

* * * 1/2 Stan Getz/Jimmie Rowles, "The Peacocks," Columbia. Recorded in 1975, this album brings together two giants to display their mastery and mutual admiration. Of the 13 cuts, five are instrumental duets; Rowles' title tune is the voluptuous, evocative highlight. On other tracks they are aided by Elvin Jones' drums and Buster Williams' bass. "Body and Soul" and Cedar Walton's "Mosaic" are solo piano cuts. Rowles also sings on four tunes, arguably the only less-than-totally-successful works: His tongue-in-cheek version of "Rose Marie" shows that he is no Nelson Eddy; on "I'll Never Be the Same" his intonation falters. The best vocal cut is Wayne Shorter's "The Chess Players," for which the Jon Hendricks Singers overdub Hendricks' lyrics. Another Shorter piece, "Lester Left Town," is a sumptuous showcase for Getz. Albums are rated on a scale of one star (poor), two stars (fair), three stars (good, recommended), four stars (excellent). Five-star ratings are reserved for classic reissues.

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