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Chick Corea: The Vigil

Hey, Chick, 1973 called, and it wants its rejected prog-rock album cover art back. OK, maybe that was a bit harsh, but the cover for Chick Corea’s The Vigil is the easy winner for most ridiculous of 2013: Corea depicted as a knight astride a horse, eyes cast toward a celestial unicorn, looking like the hero in some bargain-bin sci-fi novel. (In fact, the album is customarily dedicated in part to Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.)

But on to the music. The Vigil is a case study in not judging an album by its cover. This is, in fact, the most exciting music Corea has released in many years, and it features the most virile new writing that Corea has offered in a quarter-century (or more).

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