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Five Peace Band Live [2 CD]
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The draw may be the two iconic fusion artists - Chick Corea and McLaughlin - but saxophonist Kenny Garrett has a number of outstanding solos, his work on Hymn to Andromeda is an incredible salute to "Trane," and drummer Vinnie Colaiuta emerges out of the mix with a solid style that must be heard to be fully appreciated.
Corea's introduction to Dr. Jackle is blues personified and leads to the band taking full flight with ample space to push one another to sweet solos. McLaughlin keeps his electric guitar is sizzling on Raju, The Disguise and Senor C.S., but his subtle interplay with Corea on Someday My Prince Will Come is the true gem.
Bassist Christian McBride has several very expressive acoustic solos that are grand examples of his artistry. Herbie Hancock guests on piano for In a Silent Way/It's About That Time.
The band is currently on the North American leg of its world tour, with the 2-CD release only available at the shows. This is fusion that is steeped in the history that began with Miles Davis and remains vibrant through those who helped pave the trail continuing to stride in a new direction some 40 years later.
This is really not Mahavishnu Orchestra meets Return To Forever, and it's certainly not a contest in who can play most notes pr. second. Instead it's visonary and creative unfoldments of Here and Now. The very long tracks brimming with intelligent improvisations are mostly of newer date with Mclaughlin's three contributions taken from recent albums "Industrial Zen" and "Floating Point". Corea also delves into recent compositions. We get a jazzstandard, some blues and a medley of Joe Zawinul's "In A Silent Way" and Miles Davis' "It's About That Time" with a brilliant guestspot by Herbie Hancock.
Mclaughlin, who plays clean jazzfusionguitar - no laptop no guitarsynth to the delight of more orthodox fans - and Corea have rarely sounded better than here, clearly inspiring each other to reach for the heights and depths. Supplemented by the great saxplayer Kenny Garrett who matches the intensity and virtuosity of the bandleaders. Christian McBride playing stunningly on both acoustic and electric bass, driving the music with fine jazzy lines and delivering some blistering solos. While drumlegend Vinnie Colaiuta anchors the proceedings in expert style.
An instant classic!
When they announced the tour last year I was excited and bought tickets to see them when they came to New York as soon as they were available. I was worried briefly, though, that the group may not live up to my expectation. Although John McLauglin is without a doubt one of the most gifted guitarists ever, and a great composer, some of his recent albums have left a bit to be desired when compared to his earlier work (a few are also a bit heavy on the programmed synth for my taste). They have recently put out an album from some of the shows while they were in Europe which has put me at ease, since it is a spectacular collection of material.
Five Peace Band consists of two discs of live material divided into only eight songs (half of which are twenty minutes or longer). The extended tracks let every member of the band have a chance to really stretch out, and they do, with spectacular results. The only real problem with having such long tracks in general is that sometimes they begin to feel stale by the end; there is no reason to say in ten minutes what could be said in five. The Five Peace Band does not have this problem. Each track here follows a natural arc never wears out its welcome. Some, like the opening track "Raju," start with and maintain throughout a driving intensity.Read more ›
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Well what a lineup. Why would you be disappointed. A great live album and some complex harmonics and even some scary places is explored on this album. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Simon
One really great McLaughlin tune on this CD if you can manage to get one in a case without a cracked hinge or cover. Good recording.Published 22 months ago by The REAL Deal
What can you write about John that hasn't been written before.Published 24 months ago by Jazzdrummer
Great album with some amazing musicians. A solid fusion outing as one would expect from McLaughlin and Corea... Read morePublished on July 12, 2014 by Fierce Life Now!
Great music performed by a group of really great jazz artists who work well together and create a sound that is most enjoyable.Published on January 15, 2013 by Amazon Customer
this is a great album by two of the best musicians of the last century.john and chic playing with others outstanding musicians.you have to listen to believe. I recommend it a lot. Read morePublished on May 8, 2012 by Salvador Torralbas
This album is beautiful. The songs are great and each of these artists is playing at the very top of their game!!! Read morePublished on May 12, 2011 by Nevyn H. French