Thursday

Stan Getz

Captain Marvel - 1972
Having famously paired with Joao Gilberto for 1963's massive Getz/Gilberto bossa nova summit, it's no surprise that another equally successful collaboration was in the cards for Stan Getz. At the time he was forming his Return to Forever band, Chick Corea got wind that Getz was on the hunt for a band with which to tour and record new material. Putting his own project on temporary hiatus, Corea plucked Airto Moriera and Stanley Clarke from his fledgling group and enlisted fellow Miles alum, Tony Williams on drums. The resulting album is almost exactly what you'd expect this collection of greats to turn out, and every bit as incredible as Getz better known Gilberto collaboration. With Corea originals making up five of the album's six tunes and Airto's Brazillian percussion filling out the mix, Captain Marvel has a heavy Latin bend throughout, but the percussive plunk of Rhodes piano and controlled chaos of Williams behind the kit pulls it all so slightly into fusion territory. Unquestionably one of Getz' finest moments of the decade, and a fascinating glimpse as to how straight these Davis graduates could play it when they wanted to.

10 comments:

infinitefool said...

An absolute classic. Now I can put my vinyl away. Thanks.

JBL said...

Amazingly, one of the best tracks on this disc, "Crystal Silence" is merely a bonus track, such is the bounty of these sessions.

drfeelgoed said...

Downloading it now, looking forward to listning later, thanx in advance.

Orpheus said...

Downloading now... I was a big fan of Return To Forever in the mid 70's and look forward to hearing this collaboration of artists. Your blog has a very eclectic feel and many of your posts have been fabulous. Many thanks.

david_grundy said...

nice!

Coco said...

I absolutely agree with Jbl, Crystal silence seems to me the jewel of this album...And also susbcribe the apreciation of Orpheus about the place). Thanks again, Jr.

JR HeatWarp said...

Many thanks, folks! I'm always surprised by the positive feedback this one receives. I guess it's more of a crowd pleaser than I thought!

Anonymous said...

Thanks. I'm exploring early Chick Corea and I know Getz's Brazilian stuff - interesting that they crossed paths.

Anonymous said...

Love it love it love it! Didnt know i needed this - play it all the time - just the right blend of electric, latin, jazz, fusion etc!!!! THANK YOU. later, D

Christopher said...

An incredible band and a great record. Thanks so much.