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The Ultimate Adventure
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Awesome CD- I am a drummer so I really enjoy listening to Steve Gadd and Vinnie. On track # 13 Steve Gadd finally lets loose a little and reminds us of why he is one of the greatist drummers of all time. There is some really great flute playing also on many tracks. The bass playing is good and ofcourse Chick is still as great as ever. He is one of the great composers of our time. Some of the tracks reminds me a little of Weather Report but thats ok. Overall and I have heard most of them. This is Chick's best yet.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 15, 2006
This CD is interesting. It sounds a lot familiar and a lot strange at the same time. Some of the folks who commented here are right. This CD is boring, it?s good, it?s music from the highest level of musicianship, and it uses the old formulas. Seems like we have already listened to it on somewhere else, but don?t.

Chick Corea?s CDs are often strange when it launches. Some months later, it becomes a masterpiece. This happens because we often don?t have the true musicianship to understand the high level of thoughts Mr. Corea has in mind. It?s difficult to understand him at first sight. So, we need to listen and listen again, searching for the true meaning of his compositions.

On this CD, many of them seem alike, I noticed clearly a tendency on the modern times to NOT play his best on the studio, leaving the best parts to the stage, and I don?t know why. I have watched the Chick Corea?s latests videos on the internet, and noticed that these songs sounds much better live. On the studio they sound frequently too smooth.

But that being said, there?s great moments on this CD, and I?m sure that this is genuine effort to bring something new, sincere, and contemporary to the jazz scene. It?s even more difficult at every new album, but Chick is a true Genius, and this work deserves to be heard, appreciated and comprehended.

Listen to it Carefully.

Dihelson Mendon?a

Jazz pianist from Brazil.
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12 of 18 people found the following review helpful
I like my music with more substance than detail. On "The Ultimate Adventure," Mr. Corea lavishes the music with layers of detail delivered by a galaxy of talented musicians. The songs are glittering, polished, fluid, and slick.

But despite the glitzy trappings, the final product lacks substance and is neither engaging nor inspiring. (Haven't we all heard this conflation before and put to better use than spinning aural yarns tied to a pseudo-fantasy novel?) Put another way, this recording is like a beautiful cake that has no flavor---one taste is enough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 23, 2007
This one reminds me of "Musicmagic" or "The Mad hatter." It is a magnificent musical adventure!
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on May 8, 2006
*** Please people do not base your comments on the samples provided here. ***

You could not feel the emotion of a 30s 32Kbs sample? Duuuuuh!

I am not a fan on musicians playing a zillion notes per seconds WHICH IS NOT THE CASE WITH THIS ALBUM.

Love the North African touches.

Open your ears (and your mind), this is great music.

Could not care less about the book and the philosophy that inspire Mr Corea btw.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on April 28, 2006
I've been a fan of Chick Corea for over 30 years, since I started my love affair with jazz in my teens, back in the late Sixties. He's an extraordinalily gifted musician who produced quite a few outstanding records back in the Sixties and Seventies and followed into the Eighties and Nineties with so many wonderful recordings. And very exciting concerts.
This is why I'm deeply saddened with "The Ultimate Adventure", a souless demonstration that impeccable technique does not necessarily make good music.
This record is simply B-O-R-I-N-G (and I stress the capital letters)! Each and every theme sounds just like the one before, in a sleepy, uninspired and seemingly unending progression that lasts for over 73 minutes.
If you want to find the genius of Chick Corea's musicianship, please go look elsewhere, he's got so many perfect records!
When I bought this CD, I was hoping that Corea's enormous talent would overshadow the Scientology babble of L. Ron Hubbard that inspires this record. But, unfortunately, the opposite happened: the old con's "philosophy" turned into "religion" seems to have dried up one of the most brilliant influential musicians of the last 40 years.
The place of Chick Corea in music is not at stake, fortunately we still have his old records.
I rate this CD with two stars - and one is for the sake of the great contribution of Chick Corea to the music of the last half a century.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Chick Corea is one of those musicians who is constantly trying to reinvent himself or, at least, reinvent his music. Sometimes, he forgets to make music. This is not one of those times, fortunately. This CD is rich and lush and full and vibrant. Each song is meant to evoke some sort of exotic, faraway, unfamiliar place and time, and each song succeeds in doing that. The problem is, you end up nowhere in particular. Spain? No. Africa? No, not really. Some island somewhere? Maybe. If the idea is to confuse the listener into unquestioning submission to Chick's musical will, I guess he has succeeded. When Chick's record company does an updated version of Best of Chick Corea, none of the songs from this CD will be on there, but just the same, there is enough of interest here to say this CD might not be a complete pass for a typical jazz music lover.
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on August 11, 2014
Some how it's not the same without Stanley or John on bass . Could have been a little wider palette of instrumentation and feels
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on February 23, 2006
Chick Corea is wonderful. However, his last two efforts, To The Stars and The Ultimate Adventure, are boring. It "feels" stale. All of the tunes sound the same and Chick uses some of that horrible sounding keyboard effects. A lot of flute with melodies that are all over the place all the time! Nothing sticks in your head. There's no recognizable melody to identify the tune and the playing seems to lack any emotion. Just a bunch of notes written down for great musicians to read. This album is probably as boring as the novel. Buy Acoustic Band, Friends, Now He Sings, Now He Sobs or Three Quartets. This is garbage.
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on September 16, 2014
Great album. I've loved his music for years.
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