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Chick Corea: The Ultimate Adventure

The Ultimate Adventure is Chick Corea’s second straight concept album based on a novel by L. Ron Hubbard. In order to respond to this music with objectivity, it is necessary to separate it from the trash pulp fiction that inspired it.

Easier said than done. Each of the 19 tracks is based on a character or incident from Hubbard’s 1939 novella, and its lurid sensationalism and overall silliness find their way into Corea’s music. “North Africa” and “Arabian Nights” are unintentionally humorous in their overblown stock exoticism.

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