The Definitive Chick Corea on Stretch and Concord

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
This two-disc, 21-track collection covering Chick Corea's recordings over 30 years offers a dazzling array of settings and styles, originals and standards. It begins with the electrifying title track from 1979's Tap Step -- which featured the late Joe Farrell -- in a fusion quintet, continues through his "Bud Powell" composition with then-young lions Wallace Roney, Kenny Garrett, and Christian McBride (along with the timeless veteran Roy Haynes) in 1989, through to his beautiful solo rendition of "Spain" in 1999, all on disc one. Corea dazzles technically and is always in stellar company, from younger players like those mentioned above or younger still (Avishai Cohen) to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
This two-disc, 21-track collection covering Chick Corea's recordings over 30 years offers a dazzling array of settings and styles, originals and standards. It begins with the electrifying title track from 1979's Tap Step -- which featured the late Joe Farrell -- in a fusion quintet, continues through his "Bud Powell" composition with then-young lions Wallace Roney, Kenny Garrett, and Christian McBride (along with the timeless veteran Roy Haynes) in 1989, through to his beautiful solo rendition of "Spain" in 1999, all on disc one. Corea dazzles technically and is always in stellar company, from younger players like those mentioned above or younger still (Avishai Cohen) to contemporaries (Gary Burton and Michael Brecker), to mentors (Lee Konitz). While Corea does play Fender Rhodes and synthesizers on that first cut, the rest of this first disc features his acoustic piano. Disc two is more varied; balanced between Rhodes and acoustic piano. It begins in 2003 with the now familiar "Blue Monk" rendered by Corea and vocalist Bobby McFerrin, and moves through his New Trio period with John Patitucci and Dave Weckl, and into the Elektric Band with those players, Frank Gambale, and Eric Marienthal, with "Johnny's Landing" off 2004's To the Stars. There's a reunion with Airto on the quintet cut "North Africa" from The Ultimate Adventure, and a beautiful version of "Fool on the Hill" with Japanese piano sensation Hiromi. There's another pair of of duets, too: "Señorita" with Béla Fleck from The Enchantment, and a live version of "Crystal Silence" with Burton backed by an orchestra. Disc two closes with a balance of the old and the new. First, there's the crunchy rocking fusion of "The Disguise" from Five Peace Band: Live, which features Garrett, McBride, Vinnie Colaiuta, and guitarist John McLaughlin, followed by an unreleased live acoustic version of "La Fiesta" with Lenny White and Stanley Clarke from the Return to Forever "unplugged" tour, which was left off 2011's Forever. Although Corea's work has been compiled in various ways before this focused set was released, The Definitive Chick Corea, produced by the man himself, offers a look at how he views his own work over three decades.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/7/2011
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 888072329881
  • Catalog Number: 32988
  • Sales rank: 77,119

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tap Step (8:22)
  2. 2 Quartet No. 1 (10:14)
  3. 3 Folk Song (9:00)
  4. 4 Duende (3:12)
  5. 5 Windows (6:18)
  6. 6 Armando's Rhumba (3:46)
  7. 7 Bud Powell (6:24)
  8. 8 Dreamless - Chick Corea & Origin (10:56)
  9. 9 Wigwam - Chick Corea & Origin (6:58)
  10. 10 Spain (3:58)
  11. 11 It Could Happen To You (4:31)
  12. 12 Fingerprints - The Chick Corea New Trio (5:14)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Blue Monk (5:36)
  2. 2 Bessie's Blues - The Chick Corea New Trio (8:35)
  3. 3 Johnny's Landing - Chick Corea Electric Band (10:42)
  4. 4 North Africa (6:28)
  5. 5 Fool On the Hill (6:50)
  6. 6 Señorita (5:18)
  7. 7 Crystal Silence - Sydney Symphony Orchestra (14:11)
  8. 8 The Disguise (13:33)
  9. 9 La Fiesta (5:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chick Corea Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Marimbas, Hand Clapping, fender rhodes, Piano (Grand)
Michael Brecker Tenor Saxophone
Gary Burton Vibes
Frank Gambale Guitar
Eddie Gomez Bass
Joe Henderson Saxophone
Dave Holland Bass
Lee Konitz Alto Saxophone
Bobby McFerrin Vocals
John McLaughlin Guitar
Pat Metheny Guitar
John Patitucci Bass
Gary Peacock Bass
Bob Sheppard Flute, Bass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Allen Vizzutti Trumpet
Lenny White Drums
Bunny Brunel Fretless Bass Guitar
Wallace Roney Trumpet
Steve Wilson Clarinet, Flute, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Airto Moreira Shaker
Jorge Pardo Flute
Carles Benavent Bass
Tom Brechtlein Drums, Snare Drums
Stanley Clarke Bass
Vinnie Colaiuta Drums
Adam Cruz Drums
Rubem Dantas Pandeiro
Steve Davis Trombone
Joe Farrell Tenor Saxophone
Béla Fleck Banjo
Steve Gadd Drums
Kenny Garrett Alto Saxophone
Gregg Gottlieb Cello
Roy Haynes Drums
Bob Magnusson Bass
Eric Marienthal Saxophone
Christian McBride Bass, Acoustic Bass
Carol Shive Violin
Dave Weckl Drums
Pernell Saturnino Percussion
Avishai Cohen Acoustic Bass
Jeff Ballard Drums, Hand Clapping
Hiromi Piano
Jonathan Stockhammer Conductor
Technical Credits
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Gary Burton Producer
Bobby McFerrin Duet
John McLaughlin Producer
Don Heckman Liner Notes
Johnny Burke Composer
John Coltrane Composer
Chick Corea Composer, Producer, Duet
James Farber Engineer
Béla Fleck Producer
Clark Germain Engineer
Bernie Kirsh Engineer
Thelonious Monk Composer
Al Schmitt Engineer
James Van Heusen Composer
Joe Tarantino Mastering
Abbey Anna Art Direction
Jan Persson Cover Photo
Sven Hoffman Engineer
Hiromi Duet
Kris Campbell Photo Courtesy
Bill Rooney Executive Producer
Andrew Elliott Photo Courtesy
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