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Album Review

Chick Corea's greatest trio or small ensemble very likely is this one, with bassist Miroslav Vitous and drummer Roy Haynes.Their virtuoso level of musicianship and acute listening skills are translated into stellar recordings over two nights of performances in Willisau and Reutlinger, edited and condensed on this single CD. Where any outtakes are hiding might provide a further revelation, but as it stands, this release is a high-water mark for these brilliant musicians. Corea's strengths lie not only in his witty, effervescent playing, but in his compositions that showcase his mischievous personality. "The Loop" kicks off the set, a spirited waltz chock-full of his impish flourishes. Combining Alexander Scriabin's "Prelude #2" with the original "Mock Up," Corea's solo piano transforms from soft and serene romantic to hooking up with the trio driving fast in modal motifs and his bouncy signature sound, electrified by the brilliant, harmonic infused, soaring bowed bass of Vitous, solo and with the group. It is always a treat to hear the infrequently recorded Vitous in a setting that suits him, especially playing by himself on the improvisation "Transformation" and the free to neo-bop closer "Mirovisions," where Corea's playful and diffuse piano in 4/4 time suggests 3/4 within ethnic, gypsy elements. Two standards "I Hear a Rhapsody" and "Summer Night" get extended, extensive and exhaustive treatments — the former an utterly unique extrapolation, interpretation at its finest, the latter a deeply midnight blue hued modal and straight-ahead excursion in the favored waltz tempo that bears repeat listening over its fourteen-and-a-half minutes. Haynes also gets the solo spotlight on "Hittin' It," a self-explanatory track. Close to perfect, undeniably strong, willful, and musical beyond compare, Trio Music, Live in Europe belongs in your collection, and is simply as good as modern progressive mainstream jazz gets. ~ Michael G. Nastos, Rovi

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sublime

A beautiful performance by three masters

"Night And Day" Makes It Worth It

One of my all-time jazz favorites is Cole Porter's "Night and Day," written for the 1932 musical "Gay Divorce." I've listened to hundreds of renditions, from the original by Fred Astaire to the bossa version by Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66. In my judgment, the piano riffs of this tune offered by Chick Corea as the last 8 minutes 22 seconds of cut #2 represent one of the finest renditions of "Night and Day" ever recorded. (Miroslav Vitous and Roy hayes aren't so bad, either!) Buy the album just for this.

The Loop

There's something so magical about this track. All three play with such openness and warmth over this beautiful progression. It just gets better the more I play it. I've worn out my vinyl cop and bought The Loop again even though all of these tracks makes it a rewarding album.

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 individual and recognizable on synthesizers. In addition, he has composed...
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music, Jazz
  • Released: Sep 1984

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