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The Chick Corea Elektric Band Import

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Media Type: CD
Artist: COREA,CHICK
Title: ELEKTRIC BAND
Street Release Date: 05/02/1988
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Genre: JAZZ
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 27, 1987)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: GRP
  • ASIN: B0000001PW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,680 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By D. Rausch on October 8, 2003
Format: Audio CD
It's not jazz, it's not rock - it's fusion folks! Somehow this genre came and went and only held onto a "cult" following, which never made any sense to me. This proves the beginning of the breakdown of art when assimilated with the American mainstream. Instead of pointing fingers, why don't we praise this album!
This album succeeds on many different levels. First off, it's music only Chick can make. He's got his own style and feel (and that brain!!!) and way of composing. Innovation and originality take him way above the rest. Then there's his playing. It's highly skilled and busy, but it all stays within the paramters of his intentions. Music on all levels - melody, harmony, dynamics, timbre, etc. - make this project very unique. Again, it's not jazz, but it's an indescribable blend of styles that only someone like Chick can make. It's the best thing this side of progrock.
The only thing that may turn listeners away (not me though!) is the use of timbre. The "1986-ness" is inescapable, meaning that fusion here did exactly what it was supposed to - put a jazz brain into rock production and feel. Which to me is one of the best combinations there is. But for this album, be advised, the rock production is alive and well here - ok, it's oozing all over. The synth sounds are very 80's - if very Chick. Some of the snare sounds have a big gated verb, and the guitars are distinctive of the period as well. If you flat-out hate 80's rock, this album may be questionable for you.
My own personal complaint (though not all that huge) is the ironic lack of structure in an overly structured effort. Each of the 99 trillion notes here are often placed in a well planned out fashion, but some songs as a whole do have the "jazz syndrome", i.e.
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If you have not heard Chick Corea's Elektric Band ..... where the hell have you been ? You are in for a real surprise. The first of the Bands' albums may well be the best one, and I've never heard anything like it since. I've been lucky enough to see them play live a few times, and I have never seen a band play as tight, and with as much attention to aural quality and detail as this lot. Live, sounds just like the album. Amazing. Light Years is a nice alternative, if you like a slightly less frenetic sound, and more 'space' in the production. BUY BUY BUY. If anyone knows of any other music remotely like this ........ let me know please (paul_b21@btinternet.com). PS I have own a signed copy by Chick! Yeeessss.
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I've only listened to this disc once since receiving it. My first Elektric Band CD I bought in 1988: _Eye of the Beholder_. By then Chick had a more or less permanent lineup until after _Beneath the Mask_. I think the addition of Frank Gambale after the CD in question made a huge difference for the better in the band's career. In my opinion, the best disc by this version of the Elektric Band is _Inside Out_, released I believe in 1990. The tightness of the band at that point is what is suggested by the pinball game on the cover: machine-like, which to some will be offensive, but to others will be something superhuman and awesome. I'm a bass player, and it's nice to hear where Patitucci got his start; but if you want to hear him realizing his own vision, I suggest especially his first two solo albums (_Patitucci_ and _On the Corner_). His experiments with world music also merit attention. The first two Patitucci albums happened before he moved from the Smith-Jackson Contrabass to the Yamaha stuff. If nothing else, the first Elektric Band album is a good place to hear a bit of that Ken Smith bass - though I was disappointed that some tracks seemed to lack bass guitar entirely. On the whole, a lot of tight bebop riffs and stuff, but I'd move on to _Eye of the Beholder_ and _Inside Out_ if I were you.
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This album is such great music that words just don`t express. I`ve been a fan of CCEB for a long time and up to this day I had all the albums of this great band except for this one. Not that I wasn`t aware of it, but I remember hearing it 20 years ago and not enjoying it the way I enjoyed Beneath the Mask and Light Years in the early 90`s.
Since I'm into music and fusion and jazz again and after reading all the great reviews about this album on Amazon, I decided to give a second chance and it really is fantastic.
It is the most elektric of them all (the first five albums at least) and though I`m not a fan of eletronic music, I`ve got to say that the eletronics here pleased me very much. Weckl`s Simmons Kit is outstanding and combined with Chicks elektric piano sounds like moving to a new level, I must say.
The adittion of John, Scott Henderson and Rios gives some depth to the music. The album sounds good and there is no compression of the sound here.
All selections are great, there isn`t a single music that is not good!
Recommended.
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By D.T. on January 11, 2014
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If you like fusion this is a great CD to have. An eclectic collage of jazz, funk, salsa, etc. with an all-star cast of some of the best professional musicians in the business. I am always amazed or in awe when I listen to the playability these guys lay down. I have Just about everything Chic Corea! You won't be disappointed!
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