Talk about all-star groups – this quintet date matches together vibraphonist Gary Burton with pianist Chick Corea, guitarist Pat Metheny, bassist Dave Holland, and drummer Roy Haynes. Burton and Corea have recorded frequently through the years, while Metheny gained some early fame working with Burton; Holland was with Corea in Miles Davis' late-'60s group, and Haynes was formerly with both Burton and Corea. However, not all of these musicians had played together before – Corea had never worked with Metheny previously, nor Burton with Holland. No matter, the masterful players fit together quite well…
For this somewhat obscure Chick Corea LP, the pianist teams up with flutist Steve Kujala for a set of duets. Together they perform three of Corea's lesser-known originals along with two melodic free improvisations.
La guerra di Corea è stata l’ultimo conflitto militare tra gli eserciti di due coalizioni caratterizzato da fronti continue nelle fasi statiche e dalla manovra di grandi unità che muovevano con metodi classici (puntate offensive, avvolgimenti, accerchiamenti, sbarchi sulle coste e dall’aria) nelle fasi di movimento, se si eccettuano le guerre araboisraeliane, che peraltro coinvolsero masse di combattenti di gran lunga inferiori numericamente
Ciò che comunemente viene alla mente quando si pensa alla Repubblica Democratica Popolare di Corea, meglio nota come Corea del Nord, è l'immagine di un paese poverissimo, isolato e nelle mani di un regime sanguinario, violento, senza scrupoli e, soprattutto, irrazionale nei suoi comportamenti…
The Chick Corea Songbook is a studio album released by The Manhattan Transfer on September 29, 2009. The album features The Manhattan Transfer's interpretations of several Chick Corea compositions, as well as an additional track that was written specifically by Mr. Corea for this album. All About Jazz editor Jerry D'Souza stated regarding this album, "Manhattan Transfer is back, and in top-notch form with a marvelous blend of melody and song."
Chick Corea features an acoustic quartet on this CD, performing a full set of original material. Although the music is tied to a lengthy, complicated, and philosophical fictional piece outlined in great length in the liner notes (which are not really worth bothering with), the performances by the group (which is comprised of Corea on piano, Bob Berg on tenor and soprano, bassist John Patitucci, and drummer Gary Novak) are excellent. Berg continues to grow and show individuality beyond the Michael Brecker influence (especially on soprano), the interplay between Corea and Patitucci is as impressive as ever, and Novak is alert to the constantly changing musical events.
Recorded live at Umbria Jazz late last year, with no preceding rehearsals, this is a mostly fabulous two-pianos set by superstar Corea, who was 70 in June, and the 38-year old Bollani.The performances are playful and intensely melodic, with only the opening improvisation sounding a little forced.