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Chick Corea's four decade career is the stuff of jazz lore, an amalgamation of influential, limit-stretching musical experiences which have filled many a page in 20th century music history encyclopedias. Born Armando Anthony Corea in Chelsea, Massachusetts on June 12, 1941, Chick was studying piano by age four and enjoyed a childhood home filled with the sounds of Charlie Parker, Dizzy ... Read more in Amazon's Chick Corea Store

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Stretch Records
  • ASIN: 555557410X
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By AndrewSouthLondon on 3 Mar 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
After a couple of decades of playing "electric jazz rock" or whatever you prefer to call it, and the large format of "Origin", Chick made a welcome return to the small intimate jazz format with his "new trio" - the wonderful sinuous acoustic bass of Avishai Cohen and timekeeper extraordinaire Jeff Ballard. Beautifully recorded, it repays investment in a high-end audio system by allowing you the first hand experience of the trio playing live in your living room. Undeservedly something of a rarity on the record store shelves, this is a "must have" purchase on your musical journey through life.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Almost Like it Was Live 2 Nov 2001
By David Dennis - Published on
Format: Audio CD
A few months ago, I saw Chick Corea's new trio live at a restaurant/jazz club in Hollywood (sorry, I don't remember the name of the place...great place for a concert, not so great for the mandatory dinner). The concert was intense, the perfect small-club setting that is ideal for jazz. Chick's new trio performed about half of the tracks from this album, along with some other works (including a Miles-inspired version of 'Someday My Prince Will Come' with singing by Chick's wife).
I love this album, and welcome Chick's return to more classical jazz roots, with some new material mixed in. In particular, the rhythmic explorations of the trio are incredibly great, high-lighted on the opening track 'Fingerprints'. Of particular note is Avishai Cohen's bass playing. The man is intense! Cohen gets my vote for best jazz bass player currently living. Cohen can cover the range from melodic Paul Chambers style to fast-slapping ska-inspired, a la Flea, along with his own, more original (and almost Middle Eastern) directions.
Chick is back in full-force and creativity with this album and, even better, this recording is absolute reference quality. Played on a quality system (or used as evaluation material while shopping for a new one), this issue does an incredible job of capturing the dynamics and soundstage of a live musical event. This is an audiophile quality demonstration disc.
Even if you're new to jazz, get this album. I guarantee you'll be impressed.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Excellent trio playing 19 July 2002
By Michael J. Edelman - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Corea's recent acoustic ensemble playing is a welcome return for those of us who fondly remember his early recordings, and this disc is a very good portrayal of Corea at his acoustic and traditional best.
His sidemen on this recording- Cohen and Ballard- aren't as well known as Pattitucci and Weckl (from the "Akoustik" album) nor do they have chops quite as flashy, but I think this is the more musical, more lyrical album of the two. The "Akoustik" album was at its best when Corea was playing solo; here, the interplay between Corea and his sidemen is much more intimate, more communicative.
A fine recording of a fine performance.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
inventive and engaging 7 Jun 2002
By Feller who likes Old Yeller - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This has quickly become one of my favorite jazz records. Latin-flavored rhythms are always shifting and changing, demanding your attention. The performances are superb. This is really a showcase for Avishai Cohen, even more so than his own solo albums.
The three form one cohesive unit, it seems as though they are reading each others' minds - the interplay and development of musical ideas happens among the three of them as though every note were written down ahead of time, but it always sounds spontaneous.
This album grabbed my attention from the very beginning and didn't let go until the bitter end. I enjoyed every minute of it.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
An instant classic 9 Feb 2005
By K. M. Norwood - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Of the ten or so Chick Corea albums I know, this is my favorite. It's great to hear an established jazz great doing his best work now, rather than just repeating himself. Every one of Corea's compositions on this album is outstanding--tight and carefully composed, using artful Latin rhythms, passionate melodies, and startling dissonances. This album sounds less improvised and more planned than many of Corea's recordings, but that's all to the good when the composer is as powerful as Corea. As other reviewers have mentioned, Aviahai Cohen's bass work is astonishing, recalling the intimate connection that Scott LaFaro had with Bill Evans. If you like Chick Corea, you've got to hear this CD.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Chick's Still Innovative 26 Sep 2005
By Ren - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Chick Corea established himself as a genius jazz musician a long time ago. He has recorded several albums that are regarded as especially innovative, such as Now He Sings Now He Sobs, Light as a Feather, Three Quartets, etc. I think whether or not this album belongs in that category is a debateable; it really depends on how influential it is on musicians, but I would not be surprised if it eventually becomes an album like that.

Chick Corea seems to have been going for this sound for a while, with albums like Akoustic Band, but I think he achieves it with better success here. Some of the compositions here are unlike any other jazz I have ever heard. Songs like "Fingerprints" and "Chelsea Shuffle" have a ton of rhythmic punches (in the case of the blues "Fingerprints," the punches are the main theme), and incredible group interplay is present here, with many cases of piano/bass doubling the same line in the composition (other tunes that do this include "Dignity," "Revolving Door," and "Cloud Candy"). The songs on this album seem to require a very precise group interplay, and the musicians pull it off beautifully.

The sound of this album is also quite different from most of his other ones; the atmosphere here is very light with lots of space and emphasis on higher notes. It reminds me of classical music, particularly impressionism, and it also reminds me of Bill Evans's approach, but the songs themselves are very unlike anything Evans would play. Chick also features interludes between solos on this album, such as "Cloud Candy," "Dignity," and "Rhumba Flamenco." It think ultimately it is his emphasis on group interplay and treating each instrument as having a part of the melody (rather than doing a standard jam-session type of arrangement) that makes this album really stand out and work well.

The album is mostly originals with one standard: "Jitterbug Waltz" by Fats Waller. However, Chick's treatment of this song is no different from the rest of the material on this album; group interplay and delicate touches. If I never heard the tune before, I'd think it was one of Chick's on this album. It is a very impressive arrangement of this song.

Standouts on this album include the incredibly catchy and punchy "Fingerprints," "Dignity" with its delicate approach and amazing use of space and repeating bass lines throughout the head and the solos (similar to something off Three Quartets, but not in atmosphere), the bluesy and swinging "Chelsea Shuffle," and the Latin and rhythmic "Rhumba Flamenco."

It is awesome to hear that Chick Corea is still trying out new ideas for jazz. Often, jazz artists innovate once and then spend the rest of their careers just exploring those innovations rather than moving on. I think Chick has the right idea in trying to push the music to places it hasn't been yet; it is albums like this that show me that jazz may not be dead yet. I recommend it to all Chick fans; you will not be disappointed.
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