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Album Review

The 1998 re-release of Return to Forever's Light As a Feather — the second, final, and most popular album of the band's first edition — as a two-CD set had the effect of nearly doubling the band's released output. The first disc contains the original album as sequenced, while the second contains over an hour of outtakes, including some new titles and tracks that were reconstructed from a number of takes. The actual album as originally released was a splendidly light, fluid, fleeting exercise in electric jazz with a strong whiff of Brazil, featuring Corea's lyrical, probing work on Rhodes electric piano and containing a number of Corea tunes — especially the Rodrigo-based "Spain" — that became standards. Airto Moreira was a whirlwind on trap drums and overdubbed percussion, Flora Purim's vocals gave the band some commercial appeal; Stanley Clarke made his first astounding impact on electric and stand-up basses; Joe Farrell contributed superb wind solos. The outtakes are of uniformly high quality, all but one unmarked by post-production, with excellent solos all around. The major surprise is four takes of a tune previously released on Corea's 1972 ECM album Return to Forever. "What Games Shall We Play Today?" is a great little Chick Corea boogaloo with a delicate wah-wah pedal applied to the Rhodes. It was heartening to see the jazz industry finally starting to document its electric music heritage with the same thoroughness once reserved only for acoustic jazz landmarks. ~ Richard S. Ginell, Rovi

Customer Reviews


 このアルバムの珠玉は何と言っても"spain"だろう。ゆったりとした哀愁漂うロドリーゴの「アランフェス協奏曲』の一節をエレピとコントラバス(チェロではないと思う)のデュエットで奏でる導入から始まり、アップテンポな小技の効いたパートに移り、フラメンコを彷彿とさせるクラップセクションではベース、フルート、エレピなどのユニゾンで奏でるフレーズが実にかっこいい!今まで様々なミュージシャンが様々なアプローチで演奏してきた、今やジャズのスタンダードと言ってもよい名曲のオリジナルが将にこれ。ラテン系移民の子孫であるチックのスペインへの熱い想いが結実した素晴らしい楽曲である。これだけでも一聴の価値あり。スパニッシュな曲だけにギタリスト向けな曲でもある。ミで始まるフリジアンモードでそのまま弾けちゃうフレーズもあり、案外親しみやすい。でもユニゾンで合わせるには結構ハードである。  他の曲も後のチックの難しいフュージョンサウンドと違って、分かりやすい。女性のヴォーカル曲が入っているのも当時としては先見性を感じる。ウッドベースを弾くスタンリーも必聴!


Born: June 12, 1941 in Chelsea, MA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Chick Corea has been one of the most significant jazzmen since the '60s. Not content at any time to rest on his laurels, he has been involved in quite a few important musical projects, and his musical curiosity has never dimmed. A masterful pianist who, along with Herbie Hancock and Keith Jarrett, was one of the top stylists to emerge after Bill Evans and McCoy Tyner, Corea is also one of the few electric keyboardists to be quite individual and recognizable on synthesizers. In addition, he has composed...
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