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Rarum 3: Selected Recordings (Dig)
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Chick Corea has spent quality time in even more stylistic camps than his onetime boss, Miles Davis: postbop, chamber settings, free jazz, classical music, full-bore (and sometimes fully boring) fusion. During the pianist's... more »
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Chick Corea has spent quality time in even more stylistic camps than his onetime boss, Miles Davis: postbop, chamber settings, free jazz, classical music, full-bore (and sometimes fully boring) fusion. During the pianist's stay with ECM in the '70s and early '80s, a period documented by his single-disc entry in the label's anthology series, his wingspan was not quite as wide. A good half of :rarum 3, which boasts selections and liner notes by Corea, consists of tracks by his adventurous trio of bassist Miroslav Vitous and drummer Roy Haynes, originally heard on Now He Sings, Now He Sobs (1968) and here reunited after more than a decade. Ranging from brief group improvisations to a 14-minute medley of "Summer Night" and "Night and Day," they are lifted by their intriguing blend of personalities. But the heart of the collection resides in Corea's immaculate lyrical duets with vibraphonist Gary Burton and two numbers with the original lineup of Return to Forever. So much music has flowed under Corea's name, it's easy to overlook the simple, infectious charms of this band, which featured Corea on electric piano, the late Joe Farrell on flute and soprano sax, then-young Stanley Clarke on bass, and the husband-wife team of vocalist Flora Purim and percussionist Airto Moreira. ECM's 24-bit/96mHz remasterings, a first for the label, enhance the freshness of these recordings. --Lloyd Sachs
William Wood | Sydney, New South Wales Australia | 01/05/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After buying a couple of the Rarum series ( the ECM label's compilations,with the selections chosen by the artists)I decided that I would give Chick Corea a try.I already owned his piano improvisations volume one but was unsure about the rest of his work.What a pleasure then to find yet another great collection of music.
Perhaps suprisingly Corea's selections here come from only five of the fourteen albums he recorded for ECM, plus the five albums were recorded by only three groups.Firstly we have two delightful tracks from Return to Forever Corea's Fusion band from 1973 ( including Flora Purim,Joe Farrell ,Airto Morea and Stanley Clarke on some amazing double bass)and what gentle, thoughful music compared to so much of what was called fusion.The rest of the disc is divided between his duo work with Gary burton on vibes and his trio with Miroslav Vitous and Roy Hanes.
Corea has a wonderfully delicate ,almost understated keyboard style and his work with Gary Burton or when bouncing ides of Miroslav Vitous is dynamic yet always lyrical.This disc provides us with an overview of Chick Corea's work that is consistent and thoughtful.
In all this is an elegant and powerful collection of music by a great composer and wonderful musician.