Donald Harrison, Jr. (far left) and the New Orleans Music Interns (photo: Joel A. Siegel)
7. Stan Getz: “Windows” (Sweet Rain; Verve, 1967)
While the ’60s went a long way toward turning Getz into a jazz immortal, the decade’s experimentalism might have made him a casualty as well. The saxophonist wasn’t ready to let that happen: He enlisted a rhythm section that represented the era’s cutting edge (pianist Chick Corea, bassist Ron Carter, drummer Grady Tate) and let them play hell with the new independence of jazz groove; meanwhile, over top, he would be Stan Getz. Sweet Rain was thus one of the great moments in his career, and “Windows,” by Corea, was the moment that encapsulated its concept. Getz both grounds and moves with the multidirectional rhythm section, giving shape and mood to their nonetheless loose adventures. As a bonus, Corea gives one of the first great piano solos of his own illustrious career.