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1: THE MUSICIAN (Corea)
2: HELLO AGAIN (Clarke)
3: MUSICMAGIC (Corea; Moran)
4: SO LONG MICKEY MOUSE (Clarke)
5: DO YOU EVER (Moran)
6: THE ENDLESS NIGHT (Corea; Moran)
Chick Corea (acoustic piano/Fender Rhodes/clavinet/Minimoog/Moog 15/Polymoog/ARP Odyssey/vocals)
Gayle Moran (acoustic piano/Hammond B3 organ/Polymoog/vocals)
Joe Farrell (tenor sax/soprano sax/flutes/piccolo) all reed solos
Stanley Clarke (bass guitar/piccolo bass/acoustic bass/vocals); Gerry Brown (drums)
John Thomas (trumpet/flugelhorn); James Tinsley (trumpet/flugelhorn/piccolo trumpet) flugelhorn solo on Hello Again
Jim Pugh (trombone) solo on Hello Again; Harold Garrett (trombone/bass trombone/baritone horn)
All tracks available in stereo and multi-channel
This hybrid CD can be played on any standard CD players
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After a LONG absence from my home and my record collection (yeah, I've bought this album in Vinyl, 8-track, CD and digital...), I couldn't wait to get home, set up the stereo and play Hello Again, which was the first song that I played, it will always be a favorite. For some people, a song can be defined by just one note, for me it is when Stanley nails a note during the bridge at about 2:17, it is a hard pluck and punctuates the whole song perfectly. The end of the song transitions into the start of Musicmagic which has many mood and style changes, multiple crescendos. At 11 minutes, it is the longest track, but it is really enjoyable and never gets boring.
So Long Mickey Mouse was written by Stanley and his bass work is melodic even when he is speeding up and down the fret board. I've long been a fan of Joe Farrell and he does a great job on this album, especially on this song when he is matching Chick or Stanley note for note through a refrain. Do You Ever was written by Gayle Moran and features her vocals, dealing with friendship, love and the meaning of life.
The Endless Night wraps it all up in classic RTF style, plenty of style, rhythm and instrument changes. I think that the only thing that might be missing is Al DiMeola (I'm a guitar guy), but Stanley covers the strings well.
All in All, a great album.
Given the level of musicianship of each performer on Musicmagic coupled with Chick Corea's uncanny ability to write incredibly interesting music, one cannot limit a review of this record to the engineering and production accolades so richly deserved.
Chick's influences are many. His compositional style, while original, proudly exude those influences. This album does nothing if it doesn't swing! Big band swing style blends with melodic pop music. The strength of the music contained herein does not rely necessarily upon the strength of the individual sections, but upon the overall arrangement of each piece. Themes develop, change, are restated, and crescendo to their dynamic conclusion in a surprisingly cohesive manner. I say surprisingly because the composer avoids predictability, taking the listener to beautifully strange destinations steeped in tasteful revelations, making sense of it all!
The only weak spots from my viewpoint, are the Stanley Clarke compositions. It is not because they are not pleasant enough or sophisticated enough. Maybe it is just that they are simply pleasant enough. I've found the S.Clarke songs to be absolutely lovely as background music while cleaning the house or paying the bills.
This album has provided me with countless hours of listening pleasure and will continue to do so for years to come. The music is timeless and exciting. Few albums recorded in this digital age capture the pure sound and presence that are on this record made those many years ago.