They bridged the gap between fusion and prog rock bands
Return to Forever had a pretty long run with a few different lineups, but in their most classic incarnation, they moved jazz fusion and the largely instrumental progressive rock bands like Brand X and Mahavishnu Orchestra closer together.
“Now He Sings, Now He Sobs” has long been considered one of Corea’s best recordings, featuring some of his best writing and a group (bassist Miroslav Vitous, drummer Roy Haynes) that must be considered one of the great piano trios. That it was out of print at one time is incomprehensible, but this, its second reissue, is great. Not only has Blue Note preserved the track order (tracks 1-5, with approximately 40 minutes of playing time comprise the original LP, followed by eight bonus tracks), but the 24-bit remastering renders the performances crystal clear.
The music collected on the 2-disc Complete “Is” Sessions was recorded during three days of sessions in May of 1969. At the time the rhythm section, comprised of Corea, bassist Dave Holland, and drummer Jack DeJohnette, was working with Miles Davis, who was well on his way to defining a new sound with his electric band. The group is highly energized, displaying the same kind of kinetic restlessness that made Corea’s trio recording Now He Sings, Now He Sobs so effective.
By the time Stan Getz recorded the album Captain Marvel with Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Tony Williams, and Airto Moreira, he had been in the music business for nearly thirty years. Getz began his career during the big band era, and cut his teeth with bandleaders as diverse as Stan Kenton, Benny Goodman, and Woody Herman. A leader of swinging small groups throughout the ‘50s, Getz spent some time in Europe following a career disruption caused by long-standing drug problems.