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Corea hosted his own "This Is Your Life" for his 60th birthday with a series of reunion performances in New York, portions of which are featured on this double CD. It's a bit uneven in quality, but still worthwhile for fans and "single album" new listeners wanting a more contemporary overview of his work. DVD versions of specific performances were planned at the time of this writing.
To The Stars (2004)
Corea reunites his Elektric Band for a collection of songs based on one of L. Ron Hubbard's writings, resulting in a set of high-energy fusion mixed with some synth-heavy space-like themes. In many ways it feels like no time has elapsed since the group's breakup more than a decade ago, with the players weaving dense but always interesting canvases out of Corea's compositions. It is an above-average album, but a lack of noteworthy solos is disappointing.
I was first exposed to jazz while learning to play chess with my uncles. They would play smooth jazz, and then switch up to more standard types of jazz. But, when they played Kind of Blue by Miles Davis, I was
hooked and I haven't looked back.