Chick Corea & Origin: Change
"Before Your Eyes" represents the album's title and theme by changing mood several times from lush and natural to majestic and militant, then back to a relaxed feeling. The music changes before your eyes, as the accompanying mental images switch gears. The distinctive voice of Corea's marimba sits well with "Wigwam" and "L.A. Scenes." On one it offers a natural tribal harmony; on the other a tense urban grit linked to both pedestrian and automobile traffic. "Compassion," a redesign of "It Could Happen to You," is performed by the piano trio alone. Cohen wrote "Lylah," which Corea arranged and combined with "Awakening" to make a closing suite. Corea and Cohen have much in common, writing from a Middle Eastern standpoint, incorporating threads that evoke Spain, Argentina, and much more. Of course, Corea's broad brush covers a lot of territory. This one represents some of his best work. Highly Recommended.
Track Listing: Chick Corea- piano, marimba; Avishai Cohen- acoustic bass; Steve Wilson- soprano sax, alto sax, flute, clarinet; Bob Sheppard- tenor sax, bass clarinet, flute; Steve Davis- trombone; Jeff Ballard- drums.
Personnel: Wigwam; Armando's Tango; Little Flamenco; Early Afternoon Blues; Before Your Eyes; L.A. Scenes; Home; The Spinner; Compassion; Night (Lylah); Awakening.
Record Label: Concord Music Group