Donald Harrison, Jr. (far left) and the New Orleans Music Interns (photo: Joel A. Siegel)
8. Stan Getz: “Captain Marvel” (Captain Marvel; Columbia, 1974)
He’d kept in step with the times before, and in 1972 (two years before the album’s release) he would do it again. Captain Marvel reunited Getz with Chick Corea—who this time wrote all but one of the album’s tunes, title track included—and, except for the always-envelope-pushing drummer Tony Williams, the rhythm section of Corea’s new band Return to Forever. The keyboardist was the real beneficiary of this date, debuting what would become a staple of his repertoire (and a cornerstone of his reputation as a supreme melodist). Yet it also allowed Getz a platform for a splendid tenor workout, one that flexed more muscle than he’d shown since perhaps For Musicians Only, and yet more evidence that he wasn’t going to go quietly into the jazz history books.