Getz, Stan - Captain Marvel
New, amazingly low list price for a great work. When Chick Corea was just a struggling pianist who was trying to establish his post-Miles solo career, he 'rented' himself and his brand new band, Return to Forever, to Getz for a tour, telling Getz that he came prepared with music for Getz to play. So, what you have is an album with lots of Stan's tenor playing over Chick's tunes and a great, modern band (Stanley Clarke! Tony Williams!!) and a definite early electric jazz vibe. An anomaly in both Chick's and Stan's career, but a very happy one.
"One of the more remarkable aspects of Stan Getz's 1972 masterpiece is just how organic he was able to keep the sound. The band surrounding Getz on this Columbia date was led by Chick Corea with his Return to Forever (electric) bassist Stanley Clarke, drummer Tony Williams, and Brazilian master percussionist Airto. With the exception of Clarke, all the rest had played with Miles Davis in his then-experimental electric bands. Corea's Return to Forever was just getting itself off the fusion ground, while Williams had been with John McLaughlin and Larry Young in Lifetime on top of his experience with Davis. But make no mistake, this is a Stan Getz record, his gorgeous tenor tone furiously and fluidly playing through all of Corea's difficult changes on Corea's Latin carnival jam, "La Fiesta," and shapeshifting his way through mode changes on "Five Hundred Miles High." The nucleus for the bedrock of Return to Forever was in the Getz laboratory of extended complex harmony and a strict adherence to melodic improvisation. Billy Strayhorn's "Lush Life" is the space in which Getz teaches the band about dynamic, texture, and ambience -- he even has Clarke bowing his bass. This band, combining as it did the restlessness of electric jazz with Getz's trademark stubbornness in adhering to those principles that made modern jazz so great, made for a tension that came pouring out of the speakers with great mutual respect shining forth from every cut -- especially the steamy Latin-drenched title track. Along with Sweet Rain, recorded for Verve, Captain Marvel is the finest recording Getz made in the 1970s."-Thom Jurek/All Music Guide