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I love this album, and welcome Chick's return to more classical jazz roots, with some new material mixed in. In particular, the rhythmic explorations of the trio are incredibly great, high-lighted on the opening track 'Fingerprints'. Of particular note is Avishai Cohen's bass playing. The man is intense! Cohen gets my vote for best jazz bass player currently living. Cohen can cover the range from melodic Paul Chambers style to fast-slapping ska-inspired, a la Flea, along with his own, more original (and almost Middle Eastern) directions.
Chick is back in full-force and creativity with this album and, even better, this recording is absolute reference quality. Played on a quality system (or used as evaluation material while shopping for a new one), this issue does an incredible job of capturing the dynamics and soundstage of a live musical event. This is an audiophile quality demonstration disc.
Even if you're new to jazz, get this album. I guarantee you'll be impressed.
His sidemen on this recording- Cohen and Ballard- aren't as well known as Pattitucci and Weckl (from the "Akoustik" album) nor do they have chops quite as flashy, but I think this is the more musical, more lyrical album of the two. The "Akoustik" album was at its best when Corea was playing solo; here, the interplay between Corea and his sidemen is much more intimate, more communicative.
A fine recording of a fine performance.
The three form one cohesive unit, it seems as though they are reading each others' minds - the interplay and development of musical ideas happens among the three of them as though every note were written down ahead of time, but it always sounds spontaneous.
This album grabbed my attention from the very beginning and didn't let go until the bitter end. I enjoyed every minute of it.
Chick Corea seems to have been going for this sound for a while, with albums like Akoustic Band, but I think he achieves it with better success here. Some of the compositions here are unlike any other jazz I have ever heard. Songs like "Fingerprints" and "Chelsea Shuffle" have a ton of rhythmic punches (in the case of the blues "Fingerprints," the punches are the main theme), and incredible group interplay is present here, with many cases of piano/bass doubling the same line in the composition (other tunes that do this include "Dignity," "Revolving Door," and "Cloud Candy"). The songs on this album seem to require a very precise group interplay, and the musicians pull it off beautifully.
The sound of this album is also quite different from most of his other ones; the atmosphere here is very light with lots of space and emphasis on higher notes. It reminds me of classical music, particularly impressionism, and it also reminds me of Bill Evans's approach, but the songs themselves are very unlike anything Evans would play. Chick also features interludes between solos on this album, such as "Cloud Candy," "Dignity," and "Rhumba Flamenco.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Disappointed with this cd.. to me trio doesn't feel right
.listen to trilogy there is no comparson sure Ballard and bass player are fine players UT I just cannot get into... Read more
Fantastic. When Corea sits down in a trio format his music sings.Published 9 months ago by Patti Jacko
This is an excellent, swinging, well-integrated & very accessible trio album. I found it enormously enjoyable as I prefer the wonderful acoustic framework of the piano to the... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Tom Pierce
All three members of the trio take advantage of the form to stretch out. With a laid-back but endlessly grooving feel, this is classic Bill Evans-style trio playing, with each... Read morePublished on December 22, 2010 by Benjamin Hockenberry
Any serious jazz enthusiast will be knocked over by this CD. It is good solid straight ahead music. After hearing this I think I like his trio format as well or better than his... Read morePublished on September 13, 2010 by Retro Guy
With Avishai Cohen ( Acoustic bass ) and Jeff Ballard ( Drums ), the heart and soul of the band " Origin ", Chick Corea had always the gift to put the best musicians together. Read morePublished on December 9, 2009 by Emilio L.
PAST, PRESENT, & FUTURES, by the Chick Corea Trio contains 11 compositions and over an hour of music.
FINGERPRINTS is quickly paced, but is not thunderous or violent. Read more