When tagging music for my digital collection I like to include the original date of compositions when tagging e.g. compilation or live albums. I'm trying to find the year that "La Fiesta" was originally composed or performed. In my research I've discovered that it has been performed by (among others) Stan Getz, Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman, and (this is the earliest I found) Elvin Jones in 1971 on this album. I've checked and double checked all albums in Chick's discography (including live albums and albums as sideman etc.) prior to 1971 and cannot find one that includes La Fiesta. There are even a few albums in his discography without Wikipedia articles, and I looked those up on discogs to no avail. I've also looked on YouTube, and really only found a subset of the information found in my other searches.
For the time being I'll assume this must have been composed in 1971, but I find it a little hard to believe that the first time this was composed, released, or performed was on that one Elvin Jones album. The Allmusic review describes that album thus:
The group mostly plays concise versions of band originals, including Corea's classic "La Fiesta."
But this may mean "classic" in the sense of "what is now a classic" instead of "what was a classic at the time." At least this does not definitively answer the question and leaves open the possibility that Corea composed it earlier. Does anyone know if this is the first time La Fiesta was released/recorded/composed?