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Mad Hatter

Chick CoreaAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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listen  8. Dear Alice13:07Album Only
listen  9. The Mad Hatter Rhapsody10:43Album Only

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Born Armando Anthony Corea in Chelsea, Massachusetts on June 12, 1941, he began studying piano at age four. Early on in his development, Horace Silver and Bud Powell were important influences while the music of Beethoven and Mozart inspired his compositional instincts. Chick’s first major professional gig was with Cab Calloway, which came before early stints in Latin bands led by Mongo ... Read more in Amazon's Chick Corea Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 16, 1993)
  • Original Release Date: 1978
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B0000046QX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #395,416 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Chick -- Hot Fusion Jazz October 20, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
After years of being a fanatic Chick Corea fan, this 1978 (I think) release is STILL one of my favorite Chick albums. It may even be my #1 favorite...though I guess that depends on the day...but anyway, this album is hot, hot hot! One of the best moments is a "duet" between Steve Gadd and Chick on "Dear Alice." One would never have believed that drums and piano could establish such intriguing interplay. Another highlight is an amazing flute solo from the great Joe Farrell on "Falling Alice." This is one of the greatest fusion albums of all time. No Chick Corea collection is complete without it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Really Mad Hatter March 6, 2002
A Kid's Review
Format:Audio CD
This LP shows Chick Corea at his best and better than ever!Chick swings in these nine tracks which include the title track featuring Chick with Herbie Hancock and Gayle Moran,''Humpty Dumpty''with Joe Farrell,Eddie Gomez and Steve Gadd and the 13 minute long masterpiece''Dear Alice''with Gayle Moran.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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This project is the icing on the '70's fusion jazz cake. The best fusion projects are The Romatic Warrior and the Mad Hatter. I can not leave out the My Spanish Heart Project which also topped the jazz charts of that era. Gayle Moran added her vocal flair on the Mad Hatter project that I enjoyed listing to at the Greek Amphitheater in Hollywood, CA. He and his orgestra finished their world tour at the Greek which featured not only the Mad Hatter Project, but most of the RTF Song Book. If the Amphitheater had a roof, the band would have raised it. This Project tells a musical story that is very creative and technically sound. This project features musical arrangements can be studied by all musicans, regardless of their skill level. Once I have purchased this project, my collection of the three most powerful fusion projects of all times will be complete.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brings tears March 1, 2006
Format:Audio CD
A few weeks ago I loaded some discs in the carousel, while I waited for my three brothers to arrive at my home, I chose two recordings with corea as a "side man",and the other one with him as the leader. While listening to the track spain from the priceless jazz collection on verve, I found my eyes welling up with admiration and sorrow, in that knowing the unfortunate reality that someone could be that talented, and for the most part, unknown in the world, outside of our community.As for the release,The mad hatter,all of the recordings from this period of the 1970's, were listened to often and loudly during my junior high and high school years, by my best friend and I , and they bring many fond memories.I RECOMMEND ALL THE CHICK COREA DATES FROM THE 1970'S SECRETDOMINO
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Corea's Best May 12, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
This particular group of Corea, Steve Gadd, Joe Farrell, and Eddie Gomez produced Chick's best 'sound'. The Theme Album's "The Leprechaun", "Spanish Heart", and the "Mad Hatter" are by far his most powerful. It is the input of Steve Gadd which make the albums cult classics. Little is known about Gadd's being the first choice of Corea as drummer for RTF, which he was very briefly. Unfortunately, Gadd wasn't inclined to touring and this lead to his early departure. However, Chick Corea unleashes Gadd in "The Mad Hatter" and treats us to a mixture of bee bop, swing, and fusion only Corea can create.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best album ever for a spring morning rain February 25, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Have you ever had that kind of morning, where you awake early on Saturday to a gentle warm rain. Friends are coming over. You open a window overlooking the street, pour some hot tea, sit down and listen to "Falling Alice". Life is good when you have it. Go out and get it.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Mesmerizing Album July 27, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Chick Corea's "The Mad Hatter" is probably one of his best albums. Some of the songs are strange but the jazzy parts are indeed excellent. Welcome are the vocals of Gale Moran and the performances of other collaborators (Herbie Hancock might be in this album but I'm not sure). Note the use of strings, percussions, and vocals in all the songs, not to mention earlier generation synthesizers.

One peculiar song that amuses me is "Tweedle Dee". It has a delightful but strange melody with a haunting vocal. The song is followed by a very jazzy "Humpty Dumpty".

I got the CD back in 1993. The CD was a German release. This time, a Japanese release is available and on sale on this site.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars well, it's mad! July 11, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Chick Corea seems to have a solo career that frequently borders on the inconsistent side. With that in mind, the Mad Hatter is nowhere NEAR his worst offering even though side one is the reason I'm not blown away here. "The Woods" is decent enough. A moody, almost ambient jazzy piece. I admire this song quite a bit.

"Humpty Dumpty" is where my positive feelings quickly deteriorate. There's several types of jazz out there that appeal to me, but this isn't one of them. A fast-moving, typical jazzy rhythm that's instrumentally dazzling perhaps, but the lack of memorable notes severely hampers it. Not to mention it's predictable jazz (though considering 1978 didn't really have "typical jazz" yet, I can forgive this one). You have a saxophone that's played at lightning speed and that alone is impressive enough of course, and the piano and especially the bass guitar are neat additions as well, but... that's it. I can't actually remember any of these notes and that's disappointing.

"Falling Alice" has a cliched operative vocal style that I've heard from plenty of lead singers, including most recently that of the progressive metal band Nightwish. However again, just like with the saxophone solo from "Humpty Dumpty", this type of familiarity wasn't a common overexposed nuisance back in 1978 so I can't criticize it in that regard. Instead I can only say that the vocal melody is just fairly forgettable. Great synth jam though, and a sax solo that's just as impressive.

Side two is awesome however. "Dear Alice" is the *best* *song* *ever*, haha. Over 12 minutes of instrumental passages and ALL the notes stick with me. I can remember and enjoy every moment of this splendid track with 100% ease. I love it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Mad Hatter great review !
This was an excellent album and in great condition! I especially would like to thank you for this album because I took it to a Chick Corea concert and he signed it ! Read more
Published 2 months ago by berryde
4.0 out of 5 stars My first Chick Corea Album
As my first introduction to Chick Coreas' music, this album is just so amazing , a really beautiful, unique creation. The Sax playing is particularly inspiring.
Published on March 15, 2012 by Square
5.0 out of 5 stars Chick Corea favorite of mine
This Chick Corea album I once had on Vinyl, but it got destroyed in a basement water heater explosion. Read more
Published on December 14, 2011 by Dunwun
5.0 out of 5 stars Madhatter Chick COREA
One of Chick Corea's different albums. He has done some amazing work being a great jazz pianist, complementing Herbie Hancock in earlier albums with piano duets etc. Read more
Published on August 11, 2011 by Barb
4.0 out of 5 stars Fits like a glove
Aside from a few clunky themes and vocals, this is an exhilarating set of intellectual fusion that hardly derails into detached theory.
Published on April 16, 2010 by IRate
5.0 out of 5 stars A Mesmerizing Album
Chick Corea's "The Mad Hatter" is probably one of his best albums. Some of the songs are strange but the jazzy parts are indeed excellent. Read more
Published on July 5, 2009 by albertus
5.0 out of 5 stars Best album ever made
This was the first CD I was ever given in 5th grade by my dad. I am now 25 years old and have owned 3 copies. This is Corea's best work. Very creative and forward moving. Read more
Published on April 25, 2009 by Ashley R. Casey
5.0 out of 5 stars Trad Jazz Transcended
I'll say right off the bat, I hate trad jazz - it gives me a headache inside of 10 mins. This album, to my mind, combines the best traditions of trad jazz, with a sort of... Read more
Published on May 22, 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent the best of the best
I herd this Albun when I was 16 years old in 1978. It's a master piece. You most have. They should remaster it.
Published on April 19, 2002 by Alvin Esquilin
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