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On STANDARDS, Corea revisits roots he's never left too far behind, tackling four classics by Thelonious Monk "Monk's Dream," "Ask Me Now," "Blue Monk," and "Round Midnight" and two by Bud Powell "Oblivion" and "Dusk in Sandi", his jazz muses and progenitors of jazz modernism, as well as six gems from the American Songbook, including Jerome Kern's "Yesterdays," Van Heusen & Burke's "It Could Happen to You," Cole Porter's "So in Love" and Irving Berlin's "How Deep Is the Ocean." Taking full advantage of the piano's orchestral potential and the possibility for unrestricted freedom of expression that the solo format allows, Corea conjures renditions packed with fresh harmonic ideas, new perspectives, and rampant lyricism, transforming the familiar refrains into personal statements. The mood is reflective, technique unfailingly at the service of thought. A de facto meditation on jazz tradition refracted through a personality that unfailingly gazes at the stars, this program demands repeated listening.
|Chick Corea||Primary Artist, Piano|
|Chick Corea||Producer, Executive Producer|
|Ron Moss||Executive Producer|
|Karen Miller||Back Cover, Cover Photo|
|Pat Sullivan||Digital Editing, Mastering|