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My Spanish Heart Original recording remastered

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Pianist Chick Corea is best known for his fusion groups Return to Forever and Chick Corea's Elektrik Band, but his deep background is in the salsa he played with Mongo Santamaria in his introduction to the scene, and his interest in the lyrical melodic statements of Spanish-American music is obvious throughout his career. This ambitious program takes on a number of aspects of what Corea clearly sees as a key part of his cultural heritage. The 17-piece orchestra that provides the central context here is meant to be reminiscent of the Miles Davis/Gil Evans collaboration on Sketches of Spain and Charles Mingus's exploration of similar melodic themes on Tijuana Moods. --John Swenson

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  • Audio CD (March 7, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B00004RD5D
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,754 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Karl Henning on November 1, 2000
Format: Audio CD
We love Spanish folk music, and the flamenco tradition particularly; I am not a great jazz fan per se, but I have seen Corea live and have witnessed the verve and heart he brings to various strands of jazz tradition. So, on balance, I came to this album prepared to like it. And to be sure there is a great deal to like; still, my ear has questions.
I will have bad news and good news, and will get the bad out of the way. A lot of the synthesizer sounds are goofy, and sufficiently goofy to get in this listener's way, at any rate. Which strikes me all the more as a shame, considering what a great and rich sound the old grand piano has, and how impressive Corea's chops are. This is not a blanket criticism of synthesizers (little sympathy though I have with `em); some of the sounds on the album are all right, insofar as they dpn't get in the music's way. But there are tracks whose actual musical merits are badly compromised by ridiculous synthesized timbres - No one would have taken Winston Churchill seriously, if he had spoken in a Goofy voice.
On a less dire note, Gayle Moran's vocalise is a little whooshy for my taste, although it works reasonably well for the few tracks on which she appears.
But that is the worst of the news, and is more than balanced by this album's overwhelming strengths. Against the questionable decision reflected in some of the syntho-sound, you have the tasteful inclusion of three real-live trumpeters. No keyboard is any substitute for this archetype of Spanish sound.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By MORTEN F ANDRESEN on April 24, 2004
Format: Audio CD
On this album, Chick Corea explores the world of spanish folk-music, without leaving his fine jazzfeelings behind. He accomplishes to make an album, that leaves you breathless, only wishing it would never stop. He proves his worth both as a pianist and a composer, as well as a bandleader. His timing and expression, combined with the worldclass rhythmsection, is a pure pleasure for the listener. Add the beautiful stringsection, the agressive horns, and, of course, Jean-Luc Pontys exclusive jazzviolin, and you have one of the best albums ever to be recorded. Pointing to the future, but still keeping an eye on the traditions, excellent!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By James on March 29, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Jazz's very survival during the 1970s and beyond depended upon its ability to morph into this hybrid called "fusion"." It is a testament to the power of various artists of the period that this musical genre changed and has become more resilient and beautiful for doing so. On a more elemental level, it reminds one of certain viruses escaping the effects of antibiotics! Quest for survival demands change and disparate measures. The 1970s was a great creative period in jazz history.

My Spanish Heart" (1976) rates highest on my list of jazz-fusion "high octane" albums from the 70s musical landscape. It, along with Chick Corea's "Return to Forever" (1972), Al Dimeola's "Elegant Gypsy" (1977), Stan Getz's "Captian Marvel" (1972), and Gato Barbieri's "Fenix" (1971), have a strong Spanish "tinge". Others worthy of inclusion in a "best of jazz fusion" collection include Chick Corea's "Romantic Warrior" (1976), McCoy Tyner's "Fly with the Wind" (1976), Mahavishnu Orchestra's "Inner Mounting Flame" (1970), Keith Jarrett's "Expectations" (1971) & "Belonging" (1974), Weather Report's "Weather Report" (1971) & "Heavy Weather" (1976), John Klemmer's "Waterfalls" (1972) and Eberhard Weber's "Colours of Chloe" (1974) & "Silent Feet" (1978). Many 70s fusion albums are dated and painful to listen to. Not these.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D on October 3, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I love hearing when a "serious" musician can have a little fun! And Chick Corea and his slew of top-bar guest musicians do just that on this disc. With the help of Steve Gadd on drums, Stan Clarke on acoustic bass, Jean-Luc Ponty on violin and Don Alias on percussion, Chick Corea (playing a arsenal of various keyed instruments) has created a thouroughly enjoyable romp through Latin-tingued fusion. A lot of this sounds very much like Polydor era RTF, but for the most part, this album is its own master, from the slick and heavey romance of 'Love Castle' to the playful 'El Bozo' and the tributary 'Spanish Fantasy'. This is an honestly fun album, and 'fun' is a word that doesn't seem to be in the vocabulary of many jazz artists. Some of the sounds may be outdated here (who uses Moogs anymore?), but the feeling and the music is timeless...
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Allan K. Betz on April 20, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Contrary to popular opinion I feel the 70's fusion movement was the last great blast of creative energy that blew through jazz before it sunk irretrievably into a tired old formula. There has been very little in this music beyond blowing an endless stream of hot licks over a (TWO FIVE ONE) chord progression. On this album Chick takes an interesting stacatto approach to the great MINIMOOG synth. His use of multitrack vocals, double tracked piano and string quartet are also innovative and unique. Contributions from Jean-Luc Ponty and Stanley Clark add greatly to the musical interest of this fine recording, a prime artifact of the last great era of jazz.
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