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Friday, 27 August 2010

Stan Getz - Captain Marvel

(Verve / Polydor (UK) Stereo LP 2304 225, recorded 1972. released 1975)

Stan Getz was quite forward thinking when he engaged this album's musicians to record with in New York in March, 1972. As a working group at the time, Chick Corea et al would go on to record some of his compositions heard here while in London in October of that year, the only changes to the lineup being Joe Farrell, tenor and flute replacing Getz, and adding singer Flora Purim to form Return To Forever. On drums on both albums is Brazilian Airto Moriera, while the great young bassist Stanley Clarke anchors the rhythm. It also marked Corea's first album featuring the then-new Rhodes electric piano, and he would go on to be a leading synthesizer proponent in later incarnations of Return To Forever. Corea is the composer of five out of six of the album's selections ("La Fiesta", "500 Miles High", "Captain Marvel", "Times Lie", "Day Waves") , the only exception being Getz's recap of the great Billy Strayhorn standard "Lush Life." In Gold Mine Jazz Record Price Guide (mainly USA albums listed here), this rare album is not even listed, making a strong case for a rare record pricing.

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