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Best of Chick Corea

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This CD reissue consists primarily of tracks from Chick Corea's early Blue Note LPs Now He Sings, Now He Sobs and The Song of Singing. Both are trio sessions. The former, recorded in 1968, featured bassist Miroslav Vitous and drummer Roy Haynes playing a program combining originals and standards. The latter, recorded in 1970, is a more experimental outing with bassist Dave Holland and drummer Barry Altschul. Corea's playing demonstrates a freedom and spontaneity that became all too rare on his later recordings, while the compelling interaction of the trio pointed the way for the ECM chamber-jazz sound of the early '70s. Shortly after this recording, saxophonist Anthony Braxton joined the trio to form the short-lived Circle, which combined free jazz with avant-garde classical composition. --Rick Mitchell

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 15, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B000005HDZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,933 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 29, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Given Chick Corea's association with many record labels over the course of thirty plus years, many `Best of' Corea records have been released, creating some confusion for first-time and casual Corea listeners. This particular compilation covers his direct and indirect association with the Blue Note label during his formative years of the late sixties. While Corea was destined for greater things at this time, this is still an outstanding sample of his early work. On this record, you can actually hear him transform from a very good mainstream post-bop piano player and composer to a unique, virtuoso voice on his instrument and a master songwriter, a status that he enjoys to this day.
The first two tracks are actually taken from a 1966 Blue Mitchell LP, "Boss Horn", but Chick both composed and played prominently on these tunes, backed by a 4-man horn section. The energetic and shifting `Straight Up and Down' is followed by an early (but not the earliest) version of his first classic composition `Tones for Joan's Bones'. The remaining nine tracks are in a trio format, six of which can be found in the `Now He Sings, Now He Sobs' CD. The tracks he recorded with Miroslav Vitous and Roy Haynes rank among his best trio work, every song is outstanding. Most notable are his snappy interpretation of Monk's `Pannonica' and the originals `Windows' and `Now He Sings...'. His distinctive crisp-as-lettuce, swinging style is already well set by this time. For the last three tunes he played with Dave Holland and Barry Altschul, he stretches out toward free jazz, but never quite loses his anchor to bop. Wayne Shorter's `Nefertiti' is barely recognizable, especially at first listen, but you can still find it if you listen closely enough.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth James Michael MacLean on July 4, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I find myself playing this CD over and over again. There is something ineffable about Chick's playing, especially his early work, that has a quality that can't be precisely described -- we call it genius, or beauty, but we can never pin it down. The cuts on this CD are like that. The first 2 are from a Blue Mitchell album, but played melodically, and with beautiful horn accompaniment. The other cuts are Chick in a trio setting with the late great basist Miroslav Vitous. The interplay between Vitous and Chick is a treat to the ears. Chick's version of "My One and Only Love" is astonishing. I have this cut on my all-time piano trio CD collection. This is the kind of CD that you can play forever and never get tired of, because the playing is so fresh. As one other reviewer commented, those who own the "Now He Sings.. CD will find duplication here, but I'd say this is definitely a CD worth getting if you want to listen to a lot of great cuts from Chick's early work. (For those who are looking for Chick's electronic music, I want to emphasize that this CD is from Chick's early work, so you probably don't want to get it).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Green VINE VOICE on July 31, 2009
Format: Audio CD
As a recent jazz "convert" I'm trying to expand my collection beyond Bill Evans (my favorite), Thelonious Monk, and Wes Montgomery. I heard a snippet of Chick Corea's "Windows" on the radio and picked up this CD. I personally prefer the lighter trio music - just a piano, bass, and drums instead of loud trumpets and saxophone - and much of this album is exactly that.

The first 2 songs are not a trio, however, but with a horn section. I don't care for "Straight Up and Down," which sounds rather chaotic, but the second one, "Tones for Joan's Bones," which is much slower, is actually kind of nice. After that the rest of the cd is just his trio, and is where I like it most. "Windows" is probably my favorite, with a very nice upbeat sound, yet perfectly relaxing. Other favorites include "My One and Only Love," "Samba Yantra," and "Pannonica." The final three songs aren't as easy-listening - in the liner notes it's called "avant-garde," which to me it sounds less organized and more noisy.

Still, not a bad trio CD - maybe 3 and a half stars - but that's what I like about jazz music; I can put several CDs on and play them all randomly and it's just nice to hear in the background, and this one provides a nice contrast with the rest of my collection.
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Besides sounding like a complete and wonderfully arranged and composed introduction , this recording goes further for me . In addition to the aforementioned characteristic , this collection of material from various releases makes me want to examine these individual titles for future purchase .
While only eleven compositions in length , there's still a lot to digest here . Two songs feature very thoughtfully arranged and dynamically played horns in addition to the core of bass and drums . The balance of the session is given over to various trio incarnations for piano , bass and drums . All the material is fantastic . Plenty of opportunity for acoustic bass players to solo and show their stuff . The over all impact of these tracks is very up , thoughtful and involving .
I know little of Chick Corea . That's about to change . Marvelous....Ben
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