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Chick Corea doesn't get mentioned very often around here. All that a site search turned up was an old "Taking Sides" thread with Corea against Keith Jarrett. (Corea got trounced.) I got My Spanish Heart last year, and it has been steadily growing on me. The faux-flamenco handclaps, the cheezy 70's keyboard sounds - it all works. Apart from that, I have his work with Miles on Live-Evil. Where else should I look? Has anyone heard his work with Circle? The idea of Chick with Anthony Braxton sounds intriguing.

o. nate, Thursday, 2 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

new answers, please.

o. nate, Thursday, 2 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

"Hymn of the 7th Galaxy" is an obvious starting point, with guitarist Bill Connors providing an intensity missing from the Al DiMeola fuzak sound of later RTF albums. Everybody seems to like this one.

A prog-rockin' friend rates "Romantic Warrior" highly.

The early Chick stuff reissued as "Tones For Joan's Bones" has an atmospheric coolness.

briania, Thursday, 2 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Thanks, Briania, for those recommendations. The "Hymn" album looks interesting. I realized that I made an error in my original post. The "Taking Sides" thread wasn't between Corea and Jarrett (that was from another web-board that I read) - it was between Return to Forever and Mahavishnu Orchestra (Mahavishnu won by a mile). Any others?

o. nate, Thursday, 2 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

I can take or leave Return to Forever (at least the diMeola/Stanley Clarke/Lenny White version), it's pretty much the epitome of sometimes awesome sometimes horribly cheesy 70s fusion. 'Light as a Feather' is a pretty obvious classic though (Spain and all that).

I really love periods of Chick's solo stuff though. 'Now He Sings, Now He Sobs' is an absolutely brilliant piano trio, some of the shit those guys played isn't to be believed.

The 80s Eletrik/Acoustik stuff with Pattitucci and Weckl doesn't too much for me at all, cheesy 80s sounds and not much soul. Then again, I think I decided this years ago when I was first getting into jazz and haven't heard it since then.

I think 'Change', the album he made with his current sextet, is pretty fantastic. Great tunes and they have a great sound. I have the one with his New Trio too, haven't listened to it too much...I think when it came out it was too over the top for me, maybe I would be able to handle it better now (some pretty crazy interaction going on).

His various duets with Gary Burton and Bobby McFerrin are pretty great too.

Jordan, Thursday, 2 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Has anyone heard his work with Circle? The idea of Chick with Anthony Braxton sounds intriguing.

I've got the ECM Paris-Concert release and I think it's great, though others may disagree. I love the way the opening track, "Nefertiti", goes so far afield into free territory but then (and this is the hard part) comes back to the form of the song in a way that makes complete sense. There's definitely a tug-of-war going on in the band, with Chick trying to pull things in one direction, Braxton in the other, with Dave Holland and Barry Altschul playing both sides of the equation. Sometimes that sort of thing is disastrous, but in this concert's best moments, it works brilliantly. It wasn't long after this concert that Chick left, and the other three members, plus Sam Rivers, ended up recording the fantastic Conference of the Birds as the Dave Holland Quartet.

Phil, Thursday, 2 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

His various duets with Gary Burton and Bobby McFerrin are pretty great too.

Yeah, there's some great stuff on those albums. Crystal Silence, with Burton, has some really beautiful tracks -- I used to listen to it constantly when I was in high school, along with Metheny's Bright Size Life, Eberhard Weber's stuff, etc. "Señor Mouse", "Desert Air" and "Falling Grace" are especially good. I've also got their live album on vinyl but haven't listened to it in ages (and don't remember what I thought of it). I like the McFerrin album a lot, too. They do a nice version of "Blues Connotation", and McFerrin's cheesy-jazz-singer pisstake on "Autumn Leaves" is pretty funny.

I've always steered pretty clear of the ____ic Band stuff, though, and have never heard any Return to Forever that grabbed me -- I'm more of a Weather Report/Mahavishnu kind of guy...

Phil, Thursday, 2 May 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

one month passes...
Thanks, Briania, for the Hymn of the 7th Galaxy recommendation. I finally picked up a copy last week, and I've been listening to it about once a day since then. Makes me wonder what other gems I've been missing from this period. It's a testament to the remarkable skill of these musicians that they make these ambitious compositional structures sound so free and spontaneous and rhythmically loose-limbed.

o. nate, Monday, 3 June 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

two years pass...
I just finally picked up a copy of Now He Sings, Now He Sobs, and it's probably the most mind-blowing straight ahead jazz piano trio record I've ever heard.

Hurting (Hurting), Saturday, 30 October 2004 05:11 (sixteen years ago) link

Roy Haynes, ladies and gentlemen.

Rickey Wright (Rrrickey), Saturday, 30 October 2004 07:05 (sixteen years ago) link

Yeah, Roy Haynes seems to propel a fair number of mind-blowing albums.

Hurting (Hurting), Saturday, 30 October 2004 14:06 (sixteen years ago) link

He was on tv recently for some Latin Music Awards with his New Trio (Avishai Cohen and Jeff Ballard), and they are SICK.

Jordan (Jordan), Saturday, 30 October 2004 15:02 (sixteen years ago) link

I think I saw that same rhythm section back up Danilo Perez -- they are truly amazing.

Hurting (Hurting), Saturday, 30 October 2004 15:34 (sixteen years ago) link

his work w/ Davis is good. That album with "Spain," "Light as a Feather," is a good example of the Fender Rhodes. His fusion stuff sucks, as does most fusion. Overall, sure he's a good piano player, but he bores the shit out of me. Keith Jarrett has his problems too but I like his recent albums far better than anything Chick Korea has ever done.

eddie hurt (ddduncan), Saturday, 30 October 2004 16:30 (sixteen years ago) link

I've said it before, but Return to Forever's last album, "Musicmagic", is one of my favourite jazz records ever. It sorta takes Chick Corea's and Stanley Clarke's vision of fusion romanticism to the absolute extreme. By this point Al DiMeola had left the band, so there is none of his electric guitar heroics (fortunately) - instead the LP is full of brass fanfares, flute trills, "classical" singing by Gayle Moran and Clarke, etc. etc. Corea's ludicrous seventies synths sound better than on "Romantic Warrior", and his and Clarke's compositions are as catchy as ever. All in all, even for a fusion record "Musicmagic" is so excessive that you just gotta love it.

Tuomas (Tuomas), Sunday, 31 October 2004 12:33 (sixteen years ago) link

Has anyone heard the stuff he did right after Now He Sings and before Return to Forever? I think the albums are called "If" and "Sunshine" and I also think they're from the same session.

Hurting (Hurting), Monday, 1 November 2004 03:53 (sixteen years ago) link

Turkish women at the bath - Pete la Roca. Its a great record. La Roca, Corea, John Gilmore (!!) & Walter Booker. Corea is playing an acoustic piano.

bulbs (bulbs), Monday, 1 November 2004 04:26 (sixteen years ago) link

five months pass...
What do you guys think of "Open your eyes you can fly" the corea compositon for flora purim? I heard this and liked it and am wondering what stuff like this would be cool.

absolutego (ex machina), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 07:05 (fifteen years ago) link

according to allmusic:

Influenced By

* Sun Ra
* Thelonious Monk
* L. Ron Hubbard
* Art Tatum
* Horace Silver
* Bud Powell
* Bill Evans
* Miles Davis
* Béla Bartók
* McCoy Tyner

absolutego (ex machina), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 07:06 (fifteen years ago) link

WTF! Scientologist Alert! I'm confused and intrigued by that.

jmeister (jmeister), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 07:51 (fifteen years ago) link

Open Your Eyes, You Can Fly - I somehow lost the LP, I only have the cover. The first three tracks are (music) credited to Chick - I can actually only remember the title track and the first track on side B (not Chick but great). OYEYCF intro bassline was used by Bomb the Bass(?) in that Mugwump Jism track.

Different but worth mentioning: live set(s) he did with Lionel Hampton. Not sure when, the bootleg I have (I Ain't Mad At You) says 1994 which makes Hampton, like, 80-something. He (Hampton) is audible grunting and mumbling throughout. Anyway, it's hot.

Scientology: He was most definitely a Scientologist as were some of his collaborators - Stanley Clarke and Neville Potter at least. LRon is credited on many albums as a 'source of inspiration' or such. Which reminds me - Stan's album Journey to Love has some great Chick on it as well.

the stainmaker (jcartledge), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 08:07 (fifteen years ago) link

Search Inner Space

Johnny Badlees (crispssssss), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 09:59 (fifteen years ago) link

"You mean Chick Corea's not a girl then?"

mark grout (mark grout), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 10:03 (fifteen years ago) link

Most Scientologist album cover ever:

http://www2.odn.ne.jp/~cbz17800/Dscf020311.jpg

Probably a good one, too! from around the Circle time I gather.

These Robust Cookies (Robust Cookies), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 14:13 (fifteen years ago) link

http://www.iam.org.uk/images/IAM_RightTop2_r1_c1.gif

So, is this some sort of secret society also?

mark grout (mark grout), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 14:14 (fifteen years ago) link

from around the Circle time I gather

No, that's very recent. Came out in 2000. I don't think Chick had discovered Scientology yet at the time he was in Circle.

o. nate (onate), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 14:19 (fifteen years ago) link

Oops- sorry. You're right, that was 1971.

o. nate (onate), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 14:21 (fifteen years ago) link

The Elektrik Band's last album, "To the Stars," was a concept dedicated to one of L. Ron Hubbard's sci-fi stories. Essentially, taking a ride in a space ship. This dates from the time called the Golden Age of Science-Fiction when writers were paid a penny a word. Hubbard got around this, sort of, by inflating his work. (Take a look at a copy of "Battlefield Earth" in the bookstore sometime to see what I mean.)

Much of Hubbard's sci-fi was workmanlike and boring. So is the Elektrik Band's album devoted to this thing. There are about eight song interludes addressed to "looking outside the porthole." As something fit for the Onion or Mad magazine, it's funny. As anything else, laughable and wretched.

Corea seems to be afflicted with a bit of the disease that one sees in some celebrity/semi-celebrity followers of Hubbardism. That is, they can't distinguish that his literary work was shit. Additional example: John Travolta, aforementioned "Battlefield Earth" which any sensible person, upon reading, would have assumed was impossible to make into a movie, even was anti-movie in its nature.

George Smith, Wednesday, 6 April 2005 14:36 (fifteen years ago) link

ten years pass...

bought a beautiful japanese cd reish of tones for joan's bones for £3 in fopp the other day - great alb, wish he'd recorded more with this group - joe farrell, woody shaw, steve swallow, joe chambers

sʌxihɔːl (Ward Fowler), Thursday, 20 August 2015 18:17 (five years ago) link

anyone hear his trio record from last year w/Christian McBride & Brian Blade? i haven't yet, but would like to check it out for Blade alone.

lil urbane (Jordan), Thursday, 20 August 2015 18:19 (five years ago) link

don't know the kid, but this is fun (everybody v. relaxed & precise, which i suppose is the Chick Corea house style):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VlnwHDc8Rgk

lil urbane (Jordan), Thursday, 20 August 2015 18:28 (five years ago) link

four years pass...

Just saw Chick with Christian and Brian at Boston Symphony Hall and they *slayed*. So tight, so much fun to watch each of them perform, masters of their instruments. A hometown gig for Chick, lots of his friends and family leant to a really fun atmosphere.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Monday, 21 October 2019 02:27 (one year ago) link

Just listening to the Trilogy 2 record right now, it's really great.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 21 October 2019 17:22 (one year ago) link

five months pass...

Watching his daily practice stream now.

Three Hundred Pounds of Almond Joy (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 11 April 2020 22:28 (ten months ago) link

ten months pass...

Seeing unconfirmed reports that he passed away...

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 11 February 2021 20:58 (three weeks ago) link

Yeah, Vernon Reid saying this

Just got the terrible news of Chick Corea passing.
Stunned

— Vernon Reid (@vurnt22) February 11, 2021

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 11 February 2021 21:03 (three weeks ago) link

On his Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/chickcorea/posts/10158422599898924

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 11 February 2021 21:10 (three weeks ago) link

This is very sudden. I've been listening to Crystal Silence a lot since Christmas, there was a real rigour in a lot of his improvisations of that era, without being academic.

Halfway there but for you, Thursday, 11 February 2021 21:16 (three weeks ago) link

rip. always loved this jam

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEHuUdQ4krw

tiwa-nty one savage (voodoo chili), Thursday, 11 February 2021 21:21 (three weeks ago) link

I post this with love:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clF_SNa23lI

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 11 February 2021 21:26 (three weeks ago) link

Genuinely shocked at his death — he's always seemed extraordinarily vital and joyous (not a moper like Jarrett). I haven't heard anything close to the majority of his catalog, but those mid '70s Return To Forever albums are stunning, and I just reviewed a solo live disc of his for The Wire a few months ago.

but also fuck you (unperson), Thursday, 11 February 2021 21:28 (three weeks ago) link

Damn, RIP to a real one

Dusty Benelux (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 11 February 2021 21:30 (three weeks ago) link

Great photo of one of Return To Forever’s incarnations. pic.twitter.com/io9SCkOyGI

— Tom Reagan’s Hat (@RufusTSuperfly) February 11, 2021

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 11 February 2021 21:34 (three weeks ago) link

I'm listening now to "Steps - What Was" on Now He Sings, Now He Sobs. It features (I think) the first and best version of that Spanish progression that he would return to so often.

Halfway there but for you, Thursday, 11 February 2021 21:36 (three weeks ago) link

RIP. By the way, I had no idea he actually was of Italian extraction, what with "My Spanish Heart" and all.

Waterloo Subset (Tom D.), Thursday, 11 February 2021 21:51 (three weeks ago) link

sucks

billstevejim, Thursday, 11 February 2021 22:08 (three weeks ago) link

Damn, his early contributions are forever all-time. RIP.

pomenitul, Thursday, 11 February 2021 22:12 (three weeks ago) link

listening to crystal silence rn, rip

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 11 February 2021 22:26 (three weeks ago) link

Damn. Also can't believe he was even that old, although it makes sense that he was. Incredible musician. My favorite work of his was always Now He Sings, Now He Sobs, and the stuff with Miles, which is early, but he was always great. I couldn't completely get down with RTF, &Friends, etc., but a lot of that was more a sonic/aesthetic preference than a musical one.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Thursday, 11 February 2021 22:31 (three weeks ago) link

RIP, his playing with miles and the return to forever album on ECM are so fab. His playing/improving can be so warm and mellifluous and welcoming. But I also think maybe he has quite a wider range than maybe he’s given credit for? not on ilx I mean.

brimstead, Thursday, 11 February 2021 22:50 (three weeks ago) link

RIP

to party with our demons (Sund4r), Thursday, 11 February 2021 22:50 (three weeks ago) link

:( RIP

Oor Neechy, Thursday, 11 February 2021 23:11 (three weeks ago) link

We used Crystal Silence on classical guitar for our prelude music at our wedding. RIP.

Rocky Thee Stallion (PBKR), Friday, 12 February 2021 13:35 (two weeks ago) link

The Miles stuff, the early solo joints, CIRCLE!, the first Return to Forever lp, even that stuff alone is more then most people achieve and he went on to do a ton more

As Nate Chinen pointed out on twitter last night, something that hadn't ever even dawned on me, is that up until now sadly, a Circle reunion though obviously unlikely was theoretically possible

RIP

chr1sb3singer, Friday, 12 February 2021 15:03 (two weeks ago) link

RIP. Aside from his classics, I really like those live albums with Christian McBride & Brian Blade.

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 12 February 2021 15:23 (two weeks ago) link

I need to hear those

brimstead, Friday, 12 February 2021 16:13 (two weeks ago) link

Is that his latest touring band? I saw Chick at Boston Symphony Hall in Oct 2019 and it was a truly special experience. Hometown crowd was out in force, lots of his family and friends. And the guys backing him were jaw-dropping great.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 12 February 2021 16:38 (two weeks ago) link

absolute legend. respect.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Friday, 12 February 2021 16:46 (two weeks ago) link

Saw him in duet with Bela Fleck and it was fantastic. Was probably on the tour that produced their second (live) record together, which I haven't heard. But the initial collab, The Enchantment, is lovely if the idea of piano and banjo duet doesn't turn you off. Really wish I could have seen him with McBride and Blade - what a trio.

He was a titan and unperson otm about that vitality in his playing. Listening to Crystal Silence right now but appreciating this thread for guidance into where else to dig into the nooks and crannies of his large and diverse catalog.

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Friday, 12 February 2021 16:50 (two weeks ago) link

RIP. Aside from his classics, I really like those live albums with Christian McBride & Brian Blade.

I was trying to decide that to play last night and I was kind of overwhelmed by the great stuff in his catalog, so the first one I ended up putting on was Trilogy 2 and that felt like a good choice. Went back to some Return To Forever after that.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 12 February 2021 16:56 (two weeks ago) link

Blade is a grounding influence, he's so percussive and virtuosic that it could be a bit much with a different drummer.

Also Gary Burton's Like Minds (the one with Metheny/Haynes/Dave Holland) is a classic, it sort of feels like everyone is part of the same smooth tone on that one, in a good way. And Corea + Haynes is always good.

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 12 February 2021 17:21 (two weeks ago) link

ooh yeah Like Minds is wonderful

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Friday, 12 February 2021 17:51 (two weeks ago) link

Those Trilogy albums are really, really good. And his (for now) final release, Plays, was really interesting, a live solo set where he plays Mozart, Monk, Scarlatti, Jerome Kern, and a bunch of other stuff, then creates improvised musical portraits of people plucked from the audience, tells stories, etc., etc. It's a lot of fun to listen to, though maybe a little less fun this week. I reviewed it for The Wire a few months ago and said, "Were it not for his talent and technique, this would be unforgivable hokum, but somehow it works." And that's kind of the way I'd sum up a lot of his career...he was insanely talented and a brilliant composer, but had absolutely no allergy to cheese.

but also fuck you (unperson), Friday, 12 February 2021 17:57 (two weeks ago) link

Will anyone venture an opinion on his, er, spiritual beliefs and the effect they might have had on his music, or the reception of his music?

Halfway there but for you, Friday, 12 February 2021 18:07 (two weeks ago) link

I'd be happy to but you have to pay me first, so if you could just hook yourself up to some tomato cans here.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 12 February 2021 18:12 (two weeks ago) link

Subversive person!

Halfway there but for you, Friday, 12 February 2021 18:15 (two weeks ago) link

Out of respect for the dead, we will ignore the scientology and the Weckl era.

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 12 February 2021 18:21 (two weeks ago) link

Will anyone venture an opinion on his, er, spiritual beliefs and the effect they might have had on his music, or the reception of his music?

I'll just say that anybody wondering why there was never a Circle reunion need only read Braxton's comments on Scientology in Graham Lock's Forces In Motion.

but also fuck you (unperson), Friday, 12 February 2021 18:26 (two weeks ago) link

I listen to his stuff with Miles more than anything else - simply because I listen to Miles more than anyone else - but if I had to pick a favorite, it would be those first two solo albums, Tones for Joan's Bones and Now He Sings, Now He Sobs. Both were released on different labels in 1968, but the former was actually recorded in 1966 - right out of the gate, he's already fully formed as an artist. Sad that I never saw him live. Following Lee Konitz's death, the news of Keith Jarrett's debilitating strokes as well as Sonny Rollins and Wayne Shorter's health issues, you can probably count on one hand how many of the giants of jazz's last golden age are still actively touring.

birdistheword, Friday, 12 February 2021 19:19 (two weeks ago) link

I wish I'd seen him live, too. I would have spent a lot of money to see a reunion show by the rip-roaringest Return To Forever lineup (Di Meola, Clarke, White), and that short-lived Five Peace Band he had with John McLaughlin was pretty wild, too.

but also fuck you (unperson), Friday, 12 February 2021 19:40 (two weeks ago) link

Roy Haynes will outlive us all

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 12 February 2021 19:43 (two weeks ago) link

95! I wonder if he still celebrates his birthday at the Blue Note? (Or perhaps celebrated - the club's in trouble and may not be around after the pandemic subsides.)

John McLaughlin is another one who's retired from the road. He's still physically able to perform, so I hope he'll do one-offs like festivals or something.

birdistheword, Friday, 12 February 2021 20:24 (two weeks ago) link

I was lucky enough to see McLaughlin's final US tour, where he played Mahavishnu Orchestra material with a nine-piece band. It ruled.

but also fuck you (unperson), Friday, 12 February 2021 20:25 (two weeks ago) link

And his (for now) final release

At least something recent already in the works...

In 2018, a reunited Chick Corea Akoustic Band played the Detroit Jazz Festival. I sat next to Mark Stryker, who said “This band sounds a hell of a lot better than it did 25 years ago.” Concord Jazz will release an album from that tour on May 21. pic.twitter.com/JzCRKdfyIH

— Nate Chinen (@natechinen) February 12, 2021

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 12 February 2021 21:00 (two weeks ago) link

hymn of the seventh galaxy is goddamn fucking amazing btw

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Saturday, 13 February 2021 23:37 (two weeks ago) link

I want Brad to, in five years, have evolved into a mystic who plays eight keyboards at once.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 13 February 2021 23:41 (two weeks ago) link

I'm so ready for an ILX jazz prog band

Mr. Cacciatore (Moodles), Sunday, 14 February 2021 00:29 (two weeks ago) link

Random album cover inspiration:

https://progressivelyso.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/eloy-ocean-1.jpg

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 14 February 2021 00:44 (two weeks ago) link

Lovely thread of memories

Chick Corea and I became very close in the 60s after I first saw him play in Harlem with Blue Mitchell. Chick was a true modest genius. We had many incredible jam sessions together over the years and my memories of him haven’t stopped flooding in since hearing of his passing. 1/8 pic.twitter.com/QDzyaVSLDI

— Mike Garson (@mikegarson) February 19, 2021

Ned Raggett, Friday, 19 February 2021 17:04 (one week ago) link

Okay, that is amazing.

The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 19 February 2021 18:41 (one week ago) link

Great piece by Mark Stryker, on Ethan Iverson’s site:

https://ethaniverson.com/chick-corea-1941-2021-by-mark-stryker/

but also fuck you (unperson), Friday, 19 February 2021 18:43 (one week ago) link

Extremely informative -- much thanks for that.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 19 February 2021 18:55 (one week ago) link

Stryker piece is a proper remembrance, not dominated by all the RTF/Eletrik/Akoustik Band stuff.

To that point, it strikes me that there are lot of parallels between Chick and Todd Rundgren. Both were savants whose early works brought a ton of critical praise but also expectations, which they seemingly intentionally ran away from. Both spent decades exploring their own proggy fusoid directions to the horror of critics (and delight of many fans) and never apologized for it. For all that (as the Stryker piece shows), neither really ever lost touch with their respective traditions either – there are a ton of more straight ahead releases and tours littered throughout both men’s catalogues. Lastly, as stuff like the Garson thread demonstrates, both were deeply involved in the success of others along the way.

We need more of these types.

Naive Teen Idol, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 13:20 (one week ago) link

Interesting comparison. I wonder if the fact that Corea was universally regarded as a giant of his genre, while Todd is seen as a minor or cult artist with a handful of hits, can be traced to the differences between rock and jazz (or personality differences).

Halfway there but for you, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 16:34 (one week ago) link

Good essay, yeah. He's definitely a unique jazz artist in that I love some of his records while finding many others unlistenable. Every respected jazz artist has ok records that merely have good musicianship, without that extra spark or synchronicity of all the factors aligning (band chemistry, material, recording). But I'm struggling to think of anyone with that many records that I truly do not want to hear.

Listening to this NTS show which looks like a cool selection:
https://www.nts.live/shows/in-focus/episodes/in-focus-chick-corea-19th-february-2021

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 16:44 (one week ago) link

Ok 45 min and I need to take a break, too many notes

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 17:18 (one week ago) link


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