Stan Getz (featuring Chick Corea): La Fiesta
Stan Getz (featuring Chick Corea)
Captain Marvel (Verve 2304 225)
Composed by Chick Corea.
Recorded: New York, March 3, 1972
Rating: 91/100 (learn more)
Stan Getz was not just one of the greatest tenor saxophonists in the history of the music, but also an acute judge of talent. He brought Joăo Gilberto and Antonio Carlos Jobim to the attention of the mass market -- if Nobel Prizes were awarded for international musical advocacy, that move alone would have sent Getz back to "Dear Old Stockholm." Yet Getz also helped propel the careers of a host of other big-time talents, ranging from Horace Silver to Diane Schuur. But when Getz ran into Chick Corea (who had been in Stan's band in 1966-67) in Spain in 1971, the two began plotting . . . and soon the tenorist was given a chance to unleash the next, new BIG thing. If Stan had held on to the band from his Captain Marvel session, he might have been as famous for fusion as for "Four Brothers," and maybe even approached his bossa nova sales. Instead, this exciting track represents a passing interlude in a variegated career. No, Getz is not remembered for this style of music, but don't think that you can skip this recording. The Captain was a Marvel, even if his fusion journey was all too short.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia
Tags: latin jazz