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Arguably (and not many would argue) the greatest living jazz pianist, Chick Corea has had a long and highlight-filled career, beginning with his tenure with the great Miles Davis when Davis was defining the jazz-rock synthesis, through Corea's own breakthrough jazz fusion recordings and his subsequent journeys into everything from the post-bop avant-garde to classical and new age, and his restless and musically inclusive spirit has always shone through. His current virtuosic trio includes bassist Christian McBride and drummer Brian Blade, and the three have an uncanny connection, filling space with gorgeous and subtle phrasings, gliding through all manner of styles with a seemingly effortless elegance, grace, and freshness. The three-disc Trilogy was recorded live at tour stops in Washington, D.C. and Oakland, California, and in Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, Turkey, and Japan, by Corea's longtime (since 1975) recording engineer Bernie Kirsh, who has provided the trio with a bright, warm production sound that allows each player's slightest shift and voicing to come through with clear precision, and in spite of the various locations, this set has a remarkable sonic coherency. It might be too much to call this set a summation of Corea's legacy, but it does have the slight feel of a retrospective collection, with the band revisiting classic Corea compositions like "Spain" and covering several tunes from the Great American Songbook, a couple of Thelonious Monk tunes ("Blue Monk" allows bassist McBride to particularly shine), a previously unissued Corea composition, the half-hour "Piano Sonata: The Moon," where the trio shows its ability to move between scored and improvised sections with breathtaking ease, and even a take on classical Russian composer Alexander Scriabin's "Op. 11, No. 9" that manages to breathe and flow without sounding like a forced fusion of classical and jazz. There are guests on three tracks, flutist Jorge Pardo and guitarist Nin~o Josele on "My Foolish Heart" and "Spain," and vocalist Gayle Moran Corea, the pianist's wife, on "Someday My Prince Will Come," but it's the three primary musicians who drive everything. Not exactly a holding pattern, and not exactly a career summation, Trilogy will surely please and delight Corea's many fans.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/09/2014
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0888072356856
catalogNumber: 35685
Rank: 3497

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chick Corea Trio   Primary Artist
Jorge Pardo   Flute
Brian Blade   Drums
Armando Anthony Corea   Piano
Christian McBride   Bass
Niño Josele   Acoustic Guitar
Gayle Moran Corea   Vocals

Technical Credits

Alexander Scriabin   Composer
Kurt Weill   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Joe Henderson   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Armando Anthony Corea   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Sammy Fain   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Bob Hilliard   Composer
Bernie Kirsh   Engineer
Thelonious Monk   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Joseph Young   Composer
Mort Dixon   Composer
Larry Morey   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Frank E. Churchill   Composer

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