The Ultimate Adventure
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To this reviewer, it is of no aesthetic consequence that the material on "The Ultimate Adventure" was inspired by a story attributed to Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. At the Berkeley stop of his current tour, Corea (long-time member of that organization) was laughed at and mocked by some cretinous audience members for merely mentioning the origins of his composition; is not a modicum of civilized tolerance due an artist with 40 years of creative endeavors under his belt?Read more ›
This is essentially a Latin-tinged fusion album, which is what Chick is all about, really. There is a relaxed swing feel throughout, often leading into a frantically paced fusion passages reminiscent of progressive rock, some fiery middle eastern jams, sambas, bossas, flamenco, post-bop, and plenty of classical influences, apparent in the compositional structure and style. The arrangements are very lush with flute and piano dominating. Despite the overall evenness, there are several tracks that stand out from the others. The fairy-tale atmosphere created by flute/piano permeates the entire album. Drumming is superlative, especially in the more frenetic and intricate passages, where the drums and keyboard/flute are fused into a singe tight unit. On some tracks the latin percussion is hotter than Santana's in his prime.
Now, some people have a problem with Chick selling Scientology. Personally, I don't give a toss about Scientology or any other "ology" or "ism" for that matter, but this does not bother me - if it makes Chick a happier person, then let him be. It certainly does not appear to hurt his music in any way.Read more ›
The music presented here jams right along. Musical styles ranging from Spanish and African and Middle Eastern traditions. Some great solos by all the performers. Chick decided to have all of these performers play certain pieces on the CD so not everyone is on every cut. He pulled together some of the best musicians in the business. Many from Paco de Lucia's band Touchstone (check out the new CD by Chick with Touchstone called Rhumba Flamenco available only on [...]) as well as Hubert Laws, Steve Gadd, Vinnie Colaiuta, Airto Moreira, and Hassam Ramzy.
Keep up the great work Chick.
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Some how it's not the same without Stanley or John on bass . Could have been a little wider palette of instrumentation and feelsPublished on August 11, 2014 by jack
I'm a huge fan of Chick Corea. The previous album "To the stars" was not as great as this (although I watched the Electric band perform those songs in Toronto and was amazed by the... Read morePublished on September 1, 2008 by Johan Lans
Chick Corea's body of work is incredible. This IS Chick Corea. If you like Chick, buy this recording. If you don't like him, don't buy it. It REALLY IS that simple. Read morePublished on July 20, 2008 by Andrew J. Weis
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. Read morePublished on May 4, 2008 by Eric Sedensky
This one reminds me of "Musicmagic" or "The Mad hatter." It is a magnificent musical adventure!Published on August 23, 2007 by Bradford K. Talamon
I guess you either love or hate this recording. I've been listening to lot's of "fusion" since I was about 20. Read morePublished on March 14, 2007 by C. Knight
My sympathies to Chick and his family. Evidently Chick was involved in some sort of accident that left him musically incapacitated. Read morePublished on December 16, 2006 by JNC