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Three Quartets

Chick CoreaAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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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 (February 18, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Stretch Records
  • ASIN: B000003OZE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,319 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Inspired... July 3, 2000
By Mike
Format:Audio CD
I've been listening to this recording consistently for over 12 years and it still leaves me speechless.
I believe this recording has left us with something I can only describe as beyond inspired. I hear something new every time...a twist in the harmony, the turn of a phrase, dialogue between bass and drums...
This is one of two albums, the other being Weather Report's Heavy Weather, that I feel I'll never get to the bottom of...
I anticipate getting as much joy out of in twelve years as I have the last twelve.
Thanks, Chick, Steve, Eddie and Michael.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These guys were on a different level August 7, 2002
Format:Audio CD
First things first! On track 8, the mind blowing "Confirmation", it is actually Chick playing the drums, as is stated in the liner notes. If you listen to the drumming on that track, you will be able to notice that, although it is definitely Steve Gadd's kit that is being used, the drummer is not Gadd, and therefore is Chick actually manning the drums! Never woulda guessed.....
Now as for the rest of this album, it moves me on a different level. One can just tell that these guys were all in the moment and on the same page with eachother. As I write, I find it hard to pinpoint exactly what it is about this album that makes me feel this way, and all I can offer is that these musicians just MEANT what they were playing in every note.
Quartet No. 1 opens is a great opener, and has two distinct sections to it, the first one Brecker solos on, the second is mainly Eddie's time. Quartet No. 3 comes next, and this is probably my favorite composition on the album. In the first two minutes alone, one hears three different melodies and themes developed, all of which are excellent and thoroughly developed, and the song hardly looks back from then on in. Gomez again shines brightly on this track. Quartet No. 2 parts 1 and 2 come as tracks 3 and 4, respectively. The first part is dedicated to Duke Ellington, a towering enough figure on the piano. However, listen to the first minute or two of this track and you'll be hard pressed to find more soulful piano playing anywhere--this is the stuff that could bring tears to your eyes of pure joy and respect. Part 2, dedicated to Coltrane, opens with Gadd playing the melody out on his kit and the song develops into the highest energy song on here- rousing bop at its best.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars rare musical treasure September 30, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I cannot really express in words what this music means to me. This album is a very rare musical treasure, and has been like the voice of god for me 23 years or so, since I first purchased it on vinyl. There is no one in my personal life with whom I can share my love for this music; so I was happy recently seeing some well-written reviews from members of "my family" that I have never met. I always knew there were others out there who knew about the brilliance of "Three Quartets".

I agree with others (including Chick - see his note in booklet) that the extras don't really belong on this album. The majesty, pathos, bliss, and orgasmic shakti of the three main pieces put them in a class by themselves. They are serious and sacred compositions, and these recordings represent a historical convergence of talent and inspiration.

As a college student in the early 80's, I was so rocked by this comet that blew through my solar system, that I wrote Chick a letter of heartfelt thanks -- and HE WROTE ME BACK. I attached that letter to the cover my Three Quartets LP, and there it remains today. The man has great heart, and his musical imagination calls to us from a most remarkable realm. Some of us recognize the same in ourselves, and journey a short while with him.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Chick Corea Quartets August 26, 2005
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Chick Corea is a master of all keyboard instruments. He's a piano virtuoso. In this extraudinary project, Chick gives credit to some of the masters before him. John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, Bill Evans...

And fine musicians are with him such as Michael Brecker on tenor sax, Eddie Gomez on bass, and Steve Gadd on drums. This is not fusion by any means.

This is Chick's approach to jazz music. He's swinging in his own style. This recording was pretty refreshing to listen to. If you prefer Chick's days before he went full time into the fusion scene, you'll love this album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars For Three Quartets February 12, 2000
Format:Audio CD
As a professional tenor saxophone player, Three Quartets is a "must have". Michael Brecker shines bright on this album. I have studied and have played Michael's solos on this album via a book of unauthorized transcriptions. Michael's work is, as always, impeccable. Also focus on Chick's work here. You will not be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars it's just doesn't get any better... September 5, 2005
By Shawn
Format:Audio CD
There just aren't enough stars for this one!

This was one of the first jazz albums I ever got, and very few have ever matched this one for intensity, interplay, empathy and overall collaborative effort. The acoustic music Corea and company make here is nothing short of breathtaking.

Corea composed the music specifcally for these musicians, and it suits them perfectly. At the time, Brecker was playing with Gadd and Gomez in Steps. I'm sure that Brecker was tight musically with Gomez and Gadd, and then Corea puts it all together.

Corea is an such a gifted musician to begin with. Here he assembles a group here which consists of players who were at the top of their game. While these types of projects often result in loose blowing sessions, here the emphasis is on collaboration. Corea's compositions are terrific, and extremely well played.

I remember being dissapointed a while back, when Three Quartets was out of print on LP, and not released on CD yet. Our patience was rewarded when the CD was finally released with bonus tracks added. While the tracks aren't as cosmic as the performances from the original lp, they are a lot of fun.

Fans of Brecker probably have this one already. His playing is so sensative at times, and when it's time to burn his playing is incindiary. Gomez is terrific (understatement!) as always, and Gadd plays his heart out. Corea created a masterpiece with Three Quartets. Every facet of the production is carried out with tender loving care. The sound of this one is terrific, as is the overall album conception.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Not for IPods
This album is just sick. It sets the bar way too high for other musicians.
It's beautiful and moody.
It's what your stereo is supposed to sound like
Published 2 months ago by Joe M. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible album!
Another masterpiece from Chick Corea! Chick is definitely an American treasure who keeps evolving and bringing freshness to an often stagnant musical world...
Published 20 months ago by Paco Page
5.0 out of 5 stars Genial, extraordinario
Originalmente conocí este disco a través del DVD "Rendevouz New York" y me encantó. Simplemente un jazz perfecto. Read more
Published on May 19, 2010 by E. D. Perez
4.0 out of 5 stars Atypically ideal launcher into the genre
Corea's patented brand of jacked-up acoustic jazz is in full effect, with such a great band rarely stopping to contemplate how amazing some this chemistry is, in a near nonstop... Read more
Published on November 19, 2009 by IRate
5.0 out of 5 stars a masterpiece
This is my favorite Chic Corea's Album.
It is amazing that after so many years of recording this reedition could be considered a real masterpiece in the jazz genre. Read more
Published on April 6, 2008 by Alex
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all-time favorite jazz albums
Other reviewers have put it better than I could. This is a very unique album, with stunning compositions. Read more
Published on February 21, 2007 by J. Laroche
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless!
Good albums come and go, but Chick Corea's Three Quartets is timeless! Compositions with immense depth and soul! Read more
Published on January 4, 2007 by C. Aguirre
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating
Buy this cd, if not for the songs, for his compositions because they are fascinating and wild. Who ever would of thought of these chords and melodies? Read more
Published on September 24, 2005 by Jason Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock solid....jazz
I do not own the CD edition but the vinyl, that is, without the bonus tracks. I just have to recommend this recording. Read more
Published on March 19, 2001 by Casper Paludan
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