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Chick Corea Akoustic Band

Chick Corea's Akoustic Band

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Album Review

After recording a string of fusion records in the late '80s with his Elektric Band, Chick Corea returned to acoustic jazz with this trio date. Enlisting Elektric Band sidemen John Patitucci and Dave Weckl, Corea swings through ten tracks with noticeably mixed results. The leader is as romantic as ever, playing with bravado even on ballads, flawlessly executing complicated ideas, reveling in drama and melodrama. Patitucci's upright playing clearly betrays his electric pedigree; listen quickly to his solo on "So in Love" and you might mistake it for a Jaco Pastorius spot. Weckl has been accused of being a soulless technician serving questionable music in the past, and those who are predisposed against him will find nothing here to change their minds. On the Corea-penned compositions, the band sounds tight and fresh, but on the standards, they sound out of place. The band's reading of "Sophisticated Lady," for example, is busy and confused, but once they get their hands on Corea's own "Morning Sprite," the resulting joyful romp is pure pleasure. An unremarkable performance of "Autumn Leaves" is balanced by a great new take on Corea's classic "Spain," where Weckl and Patitucci tear through the song with panache as Corea solos gleefully on top. This band seems made for one thing: to play Chick Corea originals — and in any situation other than that they sound awkward. If this album is an attempt to take the standard piano trio and apply a fusion-informed, Corea-style attitude toward familiar material, it is an interesting experiment. In the end, however, it still does not work as well as some of Corea's other efforts, but you can't blame him or his bandmates for trying. A pleasant, though by no means essential, entry in Corea's discography.

Customer Reviews

One of my desert island disks

This particular Chick Corea album is one of most favorite albums (and my jazz collection is wide ranging) It would be one of my desert island disks. It is wholly musical with very refined arrangements (not just head - solos - head), wildly inventive improvs, dynamics, great interplay between the musicians, and the grooves are dialed-in so the energy is really great. The jazzers out there will connect with the time and the great chops. Those who are enjoy jazz "provided that its not random and freaky wierd stuff", will find in this album a very musical and accessible instrumental jazz combo. You will find yourself lost in the recordings and enjoying the puzzles that the improvisations create and solve, create and solve. Enjoy.

Refreshingly Good

What an album! This group of songs is totally swinging, and the improvisation is incredible. The piano work is awesome, particularly on T.B.C. and Spain. The group fits together really well and under Corea’s leadership produces a unique sound. This album represents some of the best of the Akoustic Band’s work. I highly recommend it.

Circles!!

The Song Circles is truly defined in itself, and I find myself going in circles repeating the song again, and again. Each time I hear it I love something more about it.

If I ever make it past this song, I am sure I will enjoy the others just as much.

Chick Corea Akoustic Band, Chick Corea's Akoustic Band
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  • $4.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Fusion
  • Released: Mar 06, 1989

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