Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Complete Is Sessions
Genres: Jazz, Pop
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Rambling, unfocused, and EXCITING
G B | Connecticut | 02/02/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Chick Corea has taken some serious flack for artistic decisions he made in the 70s -- plenty of it is deserved. But before forming the first Return to Forever, he played challenging, uncompromising jazz that floated somewhere between post-bop, jazz-rock and free improvisation. These two CDs, recorded in May of 1969, shouldn't be listened to in one sitting. Some of this stuff works and some of it doesn't, but in reasonable doses (say, 30-40 minutes), it's a fun ride. Chick's companions are his buddies from the Davis group (Jack DeJohnette and Dave Holland), trumpeter Woody Shaw, flautist Hubert Laws, drummer Horace Arnold, and tenor saxophonist Bennie Maupin. Different permutations of the lineup play on each track. The tracks run all over the place. "It" is a wonderful 30 second duet between Corea (on acoustic piano) and Laws; "Is" is a 30 minute collective improvisation that drifts unpredictably between energy and boredom. The best tracks are "The Brain" and "This" -- explosive post-bop with ear-opening solos by Corea (on both acoustic and electric) and Maupin. If you're only familiar with Maupin from his bass clarinet noodling on Bitches Brew or his reed playing on the Headhunters recordings, you'll be blown away. He sounds like a very angry Wayne Shorter. "Song of the Wind" is also known as "Waltz for Bill Evans", while "Jamala" would appear on the classic first album by the Gateway trio. This new reissue has much better sound than most previous issues of this material; only the alternate of "Sundance", for which no original masters were found, has a poor sound. The sequencing is convenient: disc one contains the (relatively) more accessible material while disc two includes the collective improvisations. Anyway, if you like Circle, the wilder moments of Now He Sings, Now He Sobs or the rhythm sections on Miles's '69-'70 recordings, then you should definitely pick up the Complete Is Sessions."
some1 | 11/22/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This music is 36 years old now. Just realize what has happened during this time in contemporary music - jazz or "classical": The borderline has completely vanished. Listen to 21st century contemporary music ("classical") - it sounds like Chick Corea in 1969.
This man is a genius. And these sessions are the work of a genius."
Free But Sensible
Michael D. Kittell | Ardmore, PA United States | 12/27/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I liked this cd on its re-release much more than I expected. I don't compare it to the usual Blue Note hard bop. rather, it reminds me of Lennie Tristano's 1949 "Wow" session, that is regarded as the first "free jazz." The players on Chick's record are very well attuned and seem to echo and further each others' lines as the jams progress. It is a blowing session but probably had some planning and is far from the screechy noisefests that comprise much of 60's free music."