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Past, Present & Futures

Chick CoreaAudio CD
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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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  • Audio CD (April 10, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Stretch Records
  • ASIN: B00005ATMU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,847 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Chick Corea is a musician of extraordinary abilities and sometimes maddening shifts in artistic perspective. On Past, Present & Futures, he returns to the trio format that gained him some early renown in 1968 with Now He Sings, Now He Sobs. This time, instead of Roy Haynes and Miroslav Vitous, he's got drummer Jeff Ballard and bassist Avishai Cohen. Like most Corea sidemen, they are gifted players, though lacking the personality of someone such as Stanley Clarke or Barry Altschul. Past, Present & Futures only partially fulfills its title. Corea rows into the mainstream, drawing from Fats Waller's jazz standard "Jitterbug Waltz" to original compositions that owe more to Chick's post-bop roots than to his avant-garde or fusion strains. While much of the music is extremely competent and buoyantly played, only a few tracks lift off, such as "Dignity," with its off-center melancholy, and improvisations that take some pieces deeper. On "Chelsea Shuffle" a hard-bop homage to his old stomping grounds in Chelsea, Massachusetts, you can hear the Horace Silver soul-groove sound that was influencing Corea at the time. Every few years, people think Chick Corea has lost it, and every few years Chick does an album that shows that he may not be on the bleeding edge anymore, but he hasn't lost a thing. --John Diliberto

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost Like it Was Live November 2, 2001
Format:Audio CD
A few months ago, I saw Chick Corea's new trio live at a restaurant/jazz club in Hollywood (sorry, I don't remember the name of the place...great place for a concert, not so great for the mandatory dinner). The concert was intense, the perfect small-club setting that is ideal for jazz. Chick's new trio performed about half of the tracks from this album, along with some other works (including a Miles-inspired version of 'Someday My Prince Will Come' with singing by Chick's wife).
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars inventive and engaging June 7, 2002
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This has quickly become one of my favorite jazz records. Latin-flavored rhythms are always shifting and changing, demanding your attention. The performances are superb. This is really a showcase for Avishai Cohen, even more so than his own solo albums.
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.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent trio playing July 19, 2002
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Corea's recent acoustic ensemble playing is a welcome return for those of us who fondly remember his early recordings, and this disc is a very good portrayal of Corea at his acoustic and traditional best.
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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An instant classic February 9, 2005
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Of the ten or so Chick Corea albums I know, this is my favorite. It's great to hear an established jazz great doing his best work now, rather than just repeating himself. Every one of Corea's compositions on this album is outstanding--tight and carefully composed, using artful Latin rhythms, passionate melodies, and startling dissonances. This album sounds less improvised and more planned than many of Corea's recordings, but that's all to the good when the composer is as powerful as Corea. As other reviewers have mentioned, Aviahai Cohen's bass work is astonishing, recalling the intimate connection that Scott LaFaro had with Bill Evans. If you like Chick Corea, you've got to hear this CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chick's Still Innovative September 25, 2005
By Ren
Format:Audio CD
Chick Corea established himself as a genius jazz musician a long time ago. He has recorded several albums that are regarded as especially innovative, such as Now He Sings Now He Sobs, Light as a Feather, Three Quartets, etc. I think whether or not this album belongs in that category is a debateable; it really depends on how influential it is on musicians, but I would not be surprised if it eventually becomes an album like that.

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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding acoustic trio effort
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 more
Published 1 month ago by Tom Pierce
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly tight trio recording.
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 more
Published on December 22, 2010 by Benjamin Hockenberry
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Blast
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 more
Published on September 13, 2010 by Retro Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars Past, present, future ... Magic and Creativity !
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 more
Published on December 9, 2009 by Emilio L.
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a must-buy, especially if you like the tune, JITTERBUG WALTZ.
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
Published on September 27, 2009 by Tom Brody
5.0 out of 5 stars It's all about the tunes...death to standards!
What I have always loved about Chick is his interest in formal structure. He rarely composes "heads" just so he can get on to the blowing, but through-composes most of his songs,... Read more
Published on October 6, 2006 by Jack Cade
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection.
Ballard, Cohen and Corea are a magnificent trio. Those of you who were fond of the "Akoustic Band" will certainly enjoy these sinuous compositions and acrobatic feats;... Read more
Published on July 24, 2001 by Adam Shaw
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully put together jazz album
Pianist Chick Corea is back with bassist Avishai Cohen and drummer Jeff Ballard, aptly named The Chick Corea New Trio. Read more
Published on April 10, 2001
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