All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 (or more) and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help

235

Chick Corea: Originals & Standards

Jim Santella By
Published:
Sign in to view read count
Recorded in November 1999, Chick Corea’s 2-CD solo piano set is a "best of" compilation, selected by the artist, from 10 concerts he performed in Europe and Japan on a whirlwind tour. Packaged separately, the two discs represent what Corea normally achieves in concert: one platter contains the pianist's originals, while the other contains standards by Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and others.

With one hand working in triple meter and the other hand simultaneously working in double meter, Corea can always create an underlying sense of drama and tension. Yet, it's always comfortable. The pianist's respected articulation and naked melodic interpretations combine to deliver impressions that last. Corea improvised "April Snow," "The Chase" and "The Falcon" at a performance in Sweden without preconceived ideas and named each selection afterwards. In retrospect, it's easy to see how an audience would interpret high, jumpy, staccato runs over deep, bass plodding as a small dog chasing an elephant. Similarly, his softly cascading phrases depict one scene, while a lurking harmonic menace depicts another. "Swedish Landscape," fully improvised and intended to create scenery for the audience, weaves an eclectic assortment of aural elements into one broadbrush swipe. The pianist's well-known "Spain" was performed as an encore for his Norwegian audience. What a classic piece!

Corea makes any standard easy to recognize. Their instant familiarity is what we like so much about them. Once a melody is announced, he improvises. The pianist is always careful, out of respect for the composer and listener, to emphasize the melody and not stray from it too far. He swings more on the standards and turns each one into a brief history lesson. Monk is Monk. Bud Powell is Bud Powell. Chick Corea is both an interpreter and an innovator. His solo piano magic is always a pleasure and highly recommended.

Track Listing for Originals :Brasilia; Yellow Nimbus; Prelude #4, Opus 11; Prelude #2, Opus 11; Children’s Song #6; Children’s Song #10; Armando’s Rhumba; April Snow; The Chase; The Falcon; Swedish Landscape; Spain; Children’s Song #12.

Track Listing for Standards :Monk’s Dream; But Beautiful; Blue Monk; Ask Me Now; Thinking of You; Yesterdays; Dusk in Sandi; It Could Happen to You; ‘Round Midnight; So In Love; How Deep is the Ocean; Oblivion; Brazil.

Personnel: Chick Corea- piano.

| Record Label: Concord Music Group | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop For Jazz

Extended Analysis
Building a Jazz Library
Live Reviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Extended Analysis
Live Reviews
Read more articles
Trilogy
Trilogy
Concord Music Group
2015
buy
Chick Corea Trio: Trilogy
Chick Corea Trio:...
Concord Music Group
2014
buy
The Ultimate Adventure: You Can't Return to Forever
The Ultimate...
Stretch Records
2014
buy
[no cover]
The Vigil
Universal Music K.K.
2013
buy
Chick Corea: The Vigil
Chick Corea: The Vigil
Stretch Records
2013
buy
[no cover]
BR Klassik - Klassik...
Universal Music K.K.
2012
buy
Pat Metheny Pat Metheny
guitar
Jaco Pastorius Jaco Pastorius
bass, electric
Weather Report Weather Report
band/orchestra
Brad Mehldau Brad Mehldau
piano
McCoy Tyner McCoy Tyner
piano
Gary Burton Gary Burton
vibraphone

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus
FanFunded by ArtistShare

SPONSOR: FanFunded.com | LEARN MORE  

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.