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Corea/Hancock (Live)

Chick Corea & Herbie Hancock

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Album Review

A year after the 1978 Chick Corea/Herbie Hancock duo tour was documented on a two-LP Columbia album, An Evening with Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea, Corea's label, Polydor, issued its own two-LP collection of extracts from the Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Ann Arbor concerts. With both artists still selling lots of electric records then, it was feasible to do so — and the two double sets served as massive ripostes to those who accused the two pianists of abandoning jazz per se in favor of filthy electronic lucre. Fortunately, there was enough worthwhile, often brilliant material on the tapes for both albums, with only one duplication of repertoire. The sole repeated item, the medley of Hancock's "Maiden Voyage" and Corea's "La Fiesta," differs noticeably from the version on the Columbia album. For one thing, it clocks in seven and a half minutes shorter at 27 and a half minutes. For another, "Maiden Voyage" is developed more elaborately and "La Fiesta" incorporates more touches from the avant-garde and generates a little more heat. Indeed, the Polydor album seems to have been programmed with more of a classical bent than its companion. Corea's "Homecoming" comes off like a big, progressive 20th century classical composition, broken up in the center with humorous fury that is followed by a section for prepared piano à la John Cage. "The Hook" develops the prepared piano ideas even further, with plunkings and buzzing strings galore. And as if the point wasn't clear by now, Corea and Hancock hammer out a pretty good rendition of the brittle ostinato movement from Bartók's Mikrokosmos, which doesn't sound at all out of place with the rest of the program. As on the Columbia album, side three is a solo side, this time with Corea offering his lovely, Spanish-flavored "Bouquet." Overall, the Polydor album is more stimulating than its Columbia cousin. [The Japanese edition was released in 2008.] ~ Richard S. Ginell, Rovi

Customer Reviews

All about Maiden Voyage

It's a shame you can't just buy the Maiden Voyage track because that's the best on the album, in my opinion. These are two jazz greats playing together but it can get a bit too avant-garde at time for my taste (just listen to Ostinato sample) ... but Maiden Voyage is superb. Try and get that track from somewhere if you can.

Biography

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...
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