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Chick Corea Akoustic Band LIVE with John Patitucci and Dave Weckl

by Edward F. Nesta
Chick Corea Akoustic Band LIVE with John Patitucci and Dave Weckl
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Chick Corea Akoustic Band LIVE includes tracks from the Akoustic Band’s song book starting with the 1980s and moving forward, as well as the band pays tribute to some of the greats in the jazz world such as Thelonious Monk, Chet Baker, and Duke Ellington. This is the Akoustic Band’s first release in over two decades, but the sound feels like it was just a few minutes break between sets. This is the last LIVE session by the legendary Chick Corea which says it all, this a must have release.


Chick Corea Akoustic Band LIVE with John Patitucci & Dave Weckl

Chick Corea Akoustic Band LIVE – Disc 1: Morning Sprite, Japanese Waltz, That Old Feeling, In a Sentimental Mood, Rhumba Flamenco, Summer Night, Humpty Dumpty (Set 1)

Chick Corea Akoustic Band LiveDisc 2: On Green Dolphin Street, Eternal Child, You and the Night and the Music, Monk’s Mood, Hiumpty Dumpty (Set 2), You’re Everything (featuring Gale Moran Corea)

Personnel: Chick Corea: Piano, John Patitucci: Bass, Dave Weckl: Drums, Gayle Moran Corea: Vocal (on "You’re Everything")

Chick Corea Akoustic Band LIVE with John Patitucci & Dave Weckl was released on the Concord Jazz label and was recorded January 13, 2018 at the SPC Music Hall in St. Petersburg, Florida. This marks the first release by the Akoustic Band in over two decades and is a masterpiece of musicianship with over two hours of scintillating music.

Disc 1 opens with the Chick Corea original Morning Sprite from the Akoustic Band songbook circa 1989. The track is a slow burn jazz track with playful interaction between the trio with timely transitions. The Chick Corea original A Japanese Waltz, circa 1984, follows and is a graceful and smart track with beautiful piano interludes that gathers in the other musicians across the melody. The Band turns their music chops to the Chet Baker track That Old Feeling (1956), and their instruments flow across the track as they share the lead and follow each other seamlessly; Chet would be tapping his feet to their rendition.

The release changes pace with the poignant and elegant cover of the Duke Ellington classic In a Sentimental Mood. The track Rhumba Flamenco is a 14-minute masterpiece of timing, synchronization, and punch as each member opens-up and lets their instrument sweep the listener away. Disc 1 closes out with the tracks Summer Night, written by Al Dubin and Harry Warren, an up tempo and rich waltz, and the song Humpty Dumpty, which was originally recorded by Chick Corea in 1978.

Disc 2 opens with the vibrant track On Green Dolphin Street, and the Band does not slow down as they run through this regal and twisting tempo. Next up is Eternal Child, originally recorded by the Band in 1988, which leads in on the fingers of John Patiucci’s bass creating a haunting entry to this ballad. The track You and the Night and the Music takes the sound to a slow smolder as Dave Weckl’s drums pace the sound and sets up the "rhythm section."

Chick Corea and the Band show their love and admiration of Thelonious Monk as they tackle his song Monk’s Mood where they lay their own signature to rich instrumental harmonies. The last track on Disc 2 is You’re Everything and the Band puts a unique spin on the tract to complement a special guest appearance by Chick Corea’s wife and vocalist Gayle Moran Corea.

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