Jazz abounds with legendary sax players, and the players at the top of the pyramid have much in common: innovation, personality, and fiery dexterity. But there’s more to music than virtuosity. There’s also the elusive goal of beauty.

A thousand tenor players can shred the circle of fifths and lay down the choruses at eye-popping speed. There aren’t nearly as many who can do all that with their own unique tone, their own sound, a signature style that’s born of the artist’s personality, their musical DNA and their musicality. In other words, there are very few like Stan Getz.

Rising to prominence in the late 1940s as a soloist with Woody Herman’s orchestra, Getz launched a successful solo career in the ‘50s working with the likes of Horace Silver, Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, Herb Ellis, Ray Brown, Max Roach and more. In the ‘60s, Getz went on to be a major part of the introduction of bossa nova music to American audiences through his collaborations with Charlie Byrd, Gary McFarland, Luiz Bonfá and, most famously, the legendary Brazilian team of Antônio Carlos Jobim and João and Astrud Gilberto.

Through his career, Getz became known as “The Sound” thanks to the warm, lyrical tone that he made an intrinsic element of all of his music.

Throughout multiple eras spanning nearly half a century, Getz recorded more than 100 albums as a leader or co-leader and dozens more as a sideman. Out of all of that music, these five records are among the most essential works showcasing the signature style of Stan Getz.