Stan Getz: Windows
Stan Getz (tenor sax)
Sweet Rain (Verve 602517686601)
Composed by Chick Corea.
Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, March 30, 1967
Rating: 96/100 (learn more)
Sweet Rain was Stan Getz's first significant release following his bossa nova period, and the first of his two classic encounters with Chick Corea, the second being Captain Marvel in 1972. (Verve has just put out a newly remastered edition of Sweet Rain.) Corea had previously recorded "Windows" on a Hubert Laws date, and was to record it again a year later in a trio with Miroslav Vitous and Roy Haynes, but the version with Getz is definitive. Getz was simply unbeatable on a lyrical piece such as this.
Getz glides through the melody with his sultry tone, but hardens it considerably for some guttural outbursts, his emotional reading even eliciting an uncharacteristic flub or squeak that might have prompted another take if this one was not so outstanding. His solo offers a wonderful panorama of enticing thematic embellishments and urgent, undulating runs, all somewhat remindful of his playing on the 1961 Focus album. Corea's accompaniment is forceful yet sensitive, and Tate's crisp accents are both polished and tasteful. The pianist's improv is played with a ringing sound, and impresses with its harmonically advanced voicings and fresh rhythmic nuances. Getz storms back in for a final heated say before once again endearingly presenting the theme, augmented by some additional passionate asides. His tenor winds down on a burnished, drawn-out lower-register note, to which Corea responds in kind with a tender punctuation of his own.
Reviewer: Scott Albin