Stan Getz : Captain Marvel

Stan Getz : Captain Marvel


Stan Getz (tenor sax), Chick Corea (electric piano), Stanley Clarke (bass), Tony Williams (drums), Airto Moreira (percussion)

Columbia 32706

Pure Pleasure Records : LP 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - La Fiesta
A2 - Five Hundred Miles High
A3 - Captain Marvel
B1 - Times Lie
B2 - Lush Life
B3 - Day Waves

Recorded on March 3, 1972, at A&R Studios in New York City.

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 Allmusic review by Thom Jurek states "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 late 1960s - early 1970s.”

This Pure Pleasure LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head and was pressed with virgin vinyl at Pallas.