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4.8 out of 5 stars
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on 20 July 2017
A very good two disc set that shows Corea as one of the finest pianists of the last fifty years, but, a few reservations. Firstly, whatever the original inspiration may have been, this is not Bill Evans music. Apart from the opening number, 'Peri's Scope', where Chick comes on as if Bill Evans, this is wholly Chick Corea music, with very little input from anyone other than Corea himself. Secondly, it is not the best of Chick's trio work. For that you have to go to 'Now He Sings, Now He Sobs' and to 'Trio Music' with the incomparable Roy Haynes and Miroslav Vitous making an organic whole with Chick. The rhythm section here, Eddie Gomez and Paul Motian, are good but are a rhythm section and not part of a single living whole.
However, reservations aside, this is good music. Corea is a player of prodigious technique coupled with musical charm. There is great beauty in his versions of 'Laurie' and 'They Say That Falling In Love Is Wonderful' alongside a rumbustious version of Monk's 'Little Rootie Tootie' which captures the fractured beauty of Monk' music whilst being consistent with Corea's own vision.
Gomez plays extremely well, strongly rhythmic when needed but also soloing fluently and taking a full part in the ensembles. He is possibly slightly more conservative than of yore but fits comfortably into the music. Motian is a bit of a disappointment, keeping the band driving along as needed but a bit heavy handed when interjecting.
This might have been better if limited to a single CD. There are spells on each disc where ballad succeeds ballad and the music sags a little.
All in all, well worth buying, but not really Corea's best in this particular format.
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VINE VOICEon 6 April 2013
Chick Corea has teamed up with two wonderful musicians in Paul Motion and Eddie Gomez to revisit the music of Bill Evans. The album is almost without Chick's signature flourishes and perhaps the better for it. Over two hours of truly great music I can't stop listening. Romantic Warrior Duet Duet
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on 3 June 2013
these very experienced practitioners of the jazz art take bill evans to another level in this glowing tribute.thanks for the memory.i was smitten with bill's playing at an early age and walked home to south lambeth on a cloud,in the early hours, after hearing him play his first gig at Ronnie Scott's.
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on 22 January 2015
A fantastic CDfrrom Chick at the top of his game
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