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Echoes of an Era [Original recording remastered]

Chick Corea, Chaka KhanAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (January 28, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 1982
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B000083ME2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,527 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Them There Eyes
2. All Of Me
3. I Mean You
4. I Love You Porgy
5. Take The A Train
6. I Hear Music
7. Hire Wire The Aerialist
8. All Of Me (Alternate Take)
9. Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most

Editorial Reviews

Expanded & remastered 2003 edition includes the original 1982 albums 8 tracks, plus a rare bonus track, 'All Of Me' (alternate take) & the Echoes interviews with Freddie Hubbard and Chaka Khan. Featured artists include Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Chic

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY, CHAKA'S BRILLIANT JAZZ LP ON CD-STUNNING!!! January 30, 2003
Format:Audio CD
The WAIT is over - I, for one, have been a huge Chaka fan/collector, and I have been waiting, like so many other true Chaka fans, for this long-delayed-on-CD stunning, brilliant "lost" album released in the early 80s on Elektra - it could be the most amazing album CHAKA ever recorded?! Featuring Chaka covering several jazz standards, every song is an instant jazz vocal CLASSIC, including the mind-blowing closer, "SPRING CAN REALLY HANG YOU UP THE MOST" - CHAKA belts out notes THAT AREN'T EVEN IN THE BOOK! Aided by legendary jazz musicians/artists like JOE HENDERSON, CHICK COREA, LENNY WHITE and a host of others, THIS CD should be mandatory in every household!! It just wonder why it took Rhino/Elektra/Atlantic TWO DECADES (!!) to finally release it on CD - was it because LP's of this album were selling on EBAY for [...]??!! Oh well, at the least we have it now REMASTERED, sounding better than ever AND the BONUS of CHAKA talking about the LP's creation at the final "hidden" track - I saw CHAKA do an all-jazz show in the mid-90s at The Strand in Redondo Beach - and I have always been frustrated that she never saw fit to release another jazz/vocal album - why why why? Well, at least we have THIS now for all to enjoy - Hooray!! FIVE STARS, no contest, bottom line.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chaka the jazz singer! October 11, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Hearing Chaka sing straight ahead jazz on this project has brought me pure joy for years!! having the lp(which i played to death!)now that it has been reissued on CD, now it gives another generation of fans who missed this when it was first released a chance to hear Ms.Khan in a rare setting!! no this project was not perfect and who's is?? i love the human mistakes, it shows that the musicians and Khan were not out to make a 'perfect'record and the Grammys thought so too by giving this a nomination in the best female jazz catagory! I truly hope in the near future Chaka can continue to sing her favorite music(JAZZ)more!!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Echoes of an Era is a unique jazz offering December 24, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The comments harsly critiquing Chaka's foray into Jazz are simply ill conceived. First, the jazz greats like Chick Corea, Joe Henderson, Stanley Clarke, et.al., were the best judges to decide whether or not Chaka was up to snuff. Secondly, jazz, despite great efforts to the contrary, is not an elitist artform. There is not one right way to perform a piece. There is not one level of proficiency that legitimizes talent. There is abundant room for interpretation; this is at the core of jazz expression. It would be like comparing Ella with Sarah for the purposes of eliminating one. They were both talented, but their approaches and technical prowess were quite different; they each have their place in jazz history.

A more accurate way to describe Chaka's seminal jazz effort is to say that in these early recording she expressed a natural feel for jazz, but did not exhibit the fine expression seen in one singing jazz as a lifetime endeavor. That said and notwithstanding her need for woodshedding, she demonstrates a natural talent for jazz that some current jazz singers would kill for. It's also worth mentioning that they took no more than two takes on each of the recording to try to get a fresh and retro sound.

Producers like Quincy Jones and Herbie Hancock have it right; get the artists together and let them create something new, perhaps unexpected, and replete with energy and enthusiams. For example, Christina Aguilera performance on "A Song For You". Hers is a worthy jazz vocal effort. Just like Chaka's venture into jazz a few decades ago. These efforts by non-jazz artists serve to influence and inspire young artists of every genre and attract a wider audience base to the the jazz genre in general.

Jazz is not what one thinks it ought to be. It simply is.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Awesome April 12, 2003
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I purchased this album when it first hit the market in 1982, I believe. In my mind the only two women who could possibly bring Billie Holiday back to life is, Chaka Khan and Diana Ross. This album shows the unique talent of Chaka Khan and her ability to...on the spot, do just that. Record this wonderful album in only two days. Not to mention the talented musicians like, Chick Corea, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Clarke, and Lenny White himself who supported and blended so well with her. Lenny White out did himself with this production. I have searched for this album off and on for years. Not long ago, I searched Amazon.com. I asked if you could please find this album. Out of sheer frustration, because my album is getting old, I checked again and to my surprise here it is! If you are a lover of music, no matter what era, this album will not disappoint you. Amazon, you have made my day!!
I now have to order two of them. One for myself and one for a friend.
Thank you sooooooooo much!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Now This Is true "Old School" January 28, 2003
Format:Audio CD
"Echoes of An Era" was an interesting concept when this album was originally produced in 1982. The jazz equivalent of rock's "superbands", the project involved some of soul and jazz's most notable starts getting together over a period of two days and laying down unrehearsed tracks - in essence, a recording studio version of a live jam session.
The players on this project are some of the most noteworthy musicians of the late 70's-early 80's: Stanley Clark (perhaps the best bassist of his generation), Chick Corea (fresh off the successes of Return To Forever), Lenny White (a truly underappreciated percussionist), Freddy Hubbard and Joe Henderson. And for a vocalist, the project recruited the greatest soul vocalist of the era, Chaka Khan, who was rumored to be hungry to expand beyond her rock/funk/soul base.
The actual recording "Echoes Of An Era" had a difficult time living up to its billing. Listening to it with a fresh ear twenty years later, it's hard to believe that this project was not a bigger success. While unpolished, it is clear that a lot of love went into the recording of this project, and it's incredible that most of these tracks were recorded after one or two takes.
"Them There Eyes" just sparkles and bubbles with Chaka's vocals. "Take the A-Train" gives all of the musicinas a chance to jam out, and its clear that they had a blast laying down the instrumentation to this song. "I Loves You Porgy" is true to the original, and makes clear that Chaka would have fit in perfectly in the 40s and 50s performing at intimate smoky lounges. The two takes of "All Of Me" give Chaka a chance to really let her vocals shine through, and her scatting abilities are as good as anyone who has recorded in the post-Ella generation of jazz.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Chaka Khan in a jazz groove
Chaka Khan's finest jazz album. Her voice is incredible here. "I Mean You" and "Hire Wire - The Aerialist" are outstanding. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Frank Lombardo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Incredible!!!
Published 1 month ago by frederick d
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic -- Stunning First Jam -- Stunning Recording Session
The best support with great solos by all instrumentalists. Henderson Tenor Sax work...Sparks... Hubbard is also at his best -- back then...... Read more
Published on May 30, 2011 by T. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Me on Chaka Khan
It is different for me to hear her sing this type of music but I enjoyed it
Published on June 21, 2010 by C. Alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars One of her best
Very hard to find,I have the album, its a pure delight to get this CD.To me this is one of Chaka's greatest projects with some of the greatest musicians of all time. Read more
Published on November 11, 2008 by James T. Smithjr
5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY, CHAKA'S BRILLIANT JAZZ LP ON CD-STUNNING!!!
The WAIT is over - I, for one, have been a huge Chaka fan/collector, and I have been waiting, like so many other true Chaka fans, for this long-delayed-on-CD stunning, brilliant... Read more
Published on September 4, 2008 by Patricia Hennessy
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
I love this CD. I had this as an album years ago and have been searching for it. It's wonderful to hear Chaka doing this style of music.
Published on February 9, 2007 by K. Ladwig
3.0 out of 5 stars Some Rough Edges, But A Nice Album
I enjoy straight-ahead jazz, I'm not a Chaka fan, and I didn't buy this 20+ years ago when it first appeared. Read more
Published on August 23, 2005 by J H Murphy
3.0 out of 5 stars This CD is at best a novelty item.
Chaka Khan should stick to what she does best...not jazz. The best part of this CD is the fact that the sideman are so good. Read more
Published on July 21, 2005 by T. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Yessss!
Finally out on Cd! About 3 years ago I burned my album from 1982(hiss and skips) onto a CD so I could listen to this great album again. Read more
Published on August 27, 2003 by "macsaxx1"
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