Become a member and get exclusive access to articles, live sessions and more!
Start Your Free Trial

Chick Corea: Music Forever & Beyond: The Selected Works of Chick Corea 1964-1996

Chick Corea, extraordinary pianist, extraordinary composer: This lavishly packaged five CD set, is a well-balanced study of one of the leading figures in the Miles Davis Diaspora. The layout of the set is thoughtful and useful: discs one-three comprise a chronological review of Chick’s primary efforts, from the 1968 trio date with Roy Haynes and Miroslav Vitous that had immediate impact on the scene, through the various Akoustic and Elektric bands that carried him into the mid-’90s. Disc four is devoted to Solos, Duets and Surprises, and the fifth to the new Chick Corea Quartet, with Bob Berg on saxes, John Pattitucci on bass and Gary Novak on drums.

Throughout the retrospective material, Corea’s gifts as improviser and composer are much in evidence. Though one track by Circle is the only representative of the broad range of work he did for ECM, including the astonishing-to-this-day solo improvisations, there is more than enough variety here to convince us of Corea’s endless capacity for invention, his seemingly unquenchable thirst for the new. Among the surprises is 51 seconds worth of eight-year-old Chick demonstrating precocious talent and self-possession on a 78 rpm artifact of parental pride. There are other previously unreleased gems, including live recordings with John McLaughlin, Bobby McFerrin, Gary Burton and Miles Davis. This last, from 1969, finds Chick providing instant composerly context for Miles, ever the brilliant balladeer, even amplified.

Start Your Free Trial to Continue Reading

Become a JazzTimes member to explore our complete archive of interviews, profiles, columns, and reviews written by music's best journalists and critics.
Originally Published