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Chick Corea: Portraits

Jelly Roll Morton had his “Finger Breaker,” and so in the same pianistic spirit this two-disc Chick Corea set might as well be subtitled “Genre Buster.” Solo piano recitals are as close as jazz gets to classical music, but Corea has an entirely new slant on those less-than-common proceedings: treat a series of gigs as … Read More “Chick Corea: Portraits”

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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 … Read More “Chick Corea: The Vigil”

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Chick Corea: The Continents

This ambitious two-CD set showcases the remarkably prolific Chick Corea in three seemingly disparate settings. Disc one is a globally inspired six-movement concerto for jazz quintet and chamber orchestra, depicting six continents. “Africa” is underscored midway through by a surging 12/8 groove from the rhythmically astute drummer Marcus Gilmore, while a handpicked chamber group plays … Read More “Chick Corea: The Continents”

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Chick Corea/Eddie Gomez/Paul Motian: Further Explorations

You don’t have to know a lot of jazz history to enjoy Further Explorations, the two-CD live set from Chick Corea, Eddie Gomez and Paul Motian. Anyone can hear the graceful lyricism-not just from the pianist but from the bassist and drummer as well. Anyone can hear how that lyricism is tested again and again … Read More “Chick Corea/Eddie Gomez/Paul Motian: Further Explorations”

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