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

244

Chick Corea Elektric Band: To The Stars

Jim Santella By
Published:
Sign in to view read count
Chick Corea Elektric Band: To The Stars The fiction of L. Ron Hubbard provided the inspiration for this new album. Chick Corea wrote the music to express his feelings about the adventures and the mysticism that surrounds the writer's intergalactic spirit.

Corea's Elektric Band is in fine form. With guests, they interpret each scene with characteristic authority. Samba, mambo, tango, calypso, and other hip rhythms carry them on a contemporary adventure of funk and groove.

Frank Gambale forges a searing rite of passage on "Johnny's Landing," followed by Eric Marienthal's soulful tenor outing. Both front line artists capture the distinct impression that comes with deep space adventure. Bass and drums surround each scene with mesmerizing shades that never fade. The session remains in high gear, for the most part, with the Elektric Band's batteries on full charge.

Corea provides lovely "Port Views," numbered 1 through 7, which reflect the dreamy quality associated with space travel. Without rude awakenings, these keyboard and electric guitar interludes exhibit a gentle spirit that connects Corea's imaginary outer space adventures casually.

An acoustic piece, "Alan Corday," features classical guitar impressions of the majesty that history has brought us from Spain; as well as an impressive upright bass solo, spotlights from both saxophonists, and a cohesive scene of peace. "Hound of Heaven" contrasts that idea with a funk-driven episode where the band's electronic lights are all ablaze. Party time becomes a cause for joyous celebration. From a distant Spain, the ensemble has charged into the waters of the Caribbean and then on to Rio.

Corea has given us a full volume of contemporary jazz to accompany our reading pleasure. His fiery piano and keyboard interpretation of "The Long Passage" tells the story quite well. He and his ensemble take us to the stars and back with their exciting musical descriptions.


Track Listing: Check Blast; Port View 1; Mistress Luck - A Portrait; Mistress Luck - The Party; Port View 2; Johnny's Landing; Port View 3; Alan Corday; Port View 4; Hound of Heaven; Port View 5; The Long Passage; Port View 6; Jocelyn - The Commander; Port View 7; Captain Jocelyn - Tribute by His Crew; Captain Jocelyn - the Pianist.

Personnel: Chick Corea Elektric Band: Chick Corea- keyboards, piano; Frank Gambale- guitar; Eric Marienthal- saxophone; John Patitucci- bass; Dave Weckl- drums; Guests: Steve Wilson- saxophone; Pernell Saturnino- percussion; Gayle Moran Corea- vocals on "The Long Passage."

Year Released: 2004 | Record Label: Stretch Records | 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

More Articles

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

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