Sunday, July 10, 2011

CD Review: Concord Music Puts Together "The Definitive Chick Corea" Collection

Jazz great Chick Corea celebrated his 70th birthday on June 12 and to honor him, Concord Music Group released "The Definitive Chick Corea on Stretch and Concord". This two-CD set gathers some of Corea's best work between 1980 and 2009. While many of these recordings are not new to fans, one particular track is the previously unreleased live version of "La Fiesta" recorded live in Seattle, WA.

The first disc takes us from "Tap Step", through a live version of "Folk Song" featuring tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson, the first of many artists to collaborate with Corea. While many of his studio songs are a lesson jazz, it is the live songs like the 11-minute "Dreamless" where we see the true talents of Chick Corea open up. His solo piano work on "Spain" and "It Could Happen To You" is a wonder to behold as you just get lost in the moment.

Disc two opens with Corea's cover of "Blue Monk" which features Bobby McFerrin. The release of that song was to celebrate Corea's 60th birthday back in 2001. Chick Corea duets with Japanese pianist Hiromi on the Beatles classic "Fool On The Hill", but his collaboration with Bela Fleck on "Senorita" is one of the most exciting tracks in this set. The second disc closes with a 13-plus minute version of "The Disguise" and the aforementioned unreleased "La Fiesta".

The Concord Music Group has done a wonderful job with this and former "Definitive" Jazz albums. To find out more about this release and others, please visit the Concord Music website (

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