Chick Corea New Trio: Past, Present & Futures
If anything, Corea's new music is more heavily composed than usual. Its involved, tightly executed passages evoke a sort of chamber-jazz feel that brackets relatively short episodes of fiery, free-flowing improvisation. But "The Chelsea Shuffle" and "Cloud Candy" open up a bit more, while "Nostalgia" changes the pace with its mellow, semi-classical feel.
Like Pat Metheny, who recently formed a trio with Larry Grenadier and Bill Stewart, Corea recognizes the importance of forming deep associations with the new generation of jazz greats. Of course, Avishai Cohen and Jeff Ballard gain enormous prestige through their work with Chick. But Chick also keeps himself fresh and on his toes by working with these younger stalwarts.
Track Listing: 1. Fingerprints 2. Jitterbug Waltz 3. Cloud Candy 4. Dignity 5. Rhumba Flamenco 6. Anna's Tango 7. The Chelsea Shuffle 8. Nostalgia 9. The Revolving Door 10. Past, Present & Futures 11. Life Line
Personnel: Chick Corea, piano; Avishai Cohen, acoustic bass; Jeff Ballard, drums
Record Label: Concord Music Group