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Continents-Concerto for Jazz Quintet & Import

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Feb. 7 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B006FW0BHE
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Disc: 1
1. Africa
2. Europe
3. Australia
4. America
5. Asia
6. Antarctica
Disc: 2
1. Lotus Blossom
2. Blue Bossa
3. What s This?
4. Just Friends
5. Solo Continuum 31
6. Solo Continuum 42
7. Solo Continuum 53
8. Solo Continuum 64
9. Solo Continuum 75
10. Solo Continuum 86
See all 15 tracks on this disc

Product Description

2012 two CD release from the veteran Jazz keyboardist. Making music for a combination of orchestral musicians and Jazz musicians has endless possibilities. Appreciation for the abilities each has for the other makes for an atmosphere charged with high interest, creative communication and new ideas. This was the setting for the composing and recording of The Continents for Corea, a dream come true. The process of making the recording was magical. The morale of the musicians plus the recording team was so high that they finished recording the six movements of the concerto a day and a half under schedule. After saying goodbyes to the orchestra musicians, the Quintet had an impromptu jam just for fun. Of course, the recorder was on. Chick then had the next evening to record some piano solo bits that he thought would fit the cadenza sections of the concerto. Once the solo performances had been recorded, The Continents was complete.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Possibly the finest work of a near-50 year career! Feb. 18 2012
By DavidMahler - Published on
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I've been living with this music for over a week now, listening almost daily to entirety of disc one (which is the core of the music here). I have almost every single release Corea has made since his Blue Mitchell days, all the way through his Miles years, free years with Braxton, Altschul and Holland, RTF years, all the ECM releases, the Trio Music releases with Haynes and Vitous, the Elektric/Akoustic releases, the Verve releases, the Stretch releases, his fantastic work with Origin, and all his work from the past decade.

In my opinion, this release demonstrates a new level of aptitude in composition for this artist. It surpasses his release on Sony classical about a dozen years ago. It shows heavy Bartok influence in certain parts but with a thoroughly refreshing emphasis on Jazz which is what Corea is best at. I can't recommend it higher than calling it the best new release I have picked up in several years. Bernie Kirsh did a fantastic job with the recording as well. Great to see such a deserving artist being featured on Deutsche Grammophon.

Certainly a contender for best of 2012!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Chick's interpretation on continents April 18 2012
By Mikio Miyaki - Published on
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I like Chick Corea. His insatiable questing mind is a good example for me to follow. He is reported celebrating his 70th birthday with 10 different ensembles for one month long at Blue Note in last November. It is not too much to say he succeeds in transferring his image into the orchestral sound. Steve Davis and Tim Garland are vibrant with lives from start to finish. I like America part, where has strong resemblance with early return to forever sound.
However, I am completely at a loss when I put the second disc into a player. Corea wrote he recorded Jam session part and piano solo because the work finished under schedule, and felt something incomplete with the concerto. But why these tunes? Why did he use a progression in naming a piano solo number? As the quintet blows smoothly and satisfyingly through the songs, my sense of uneasiness increases.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Music! April 5 2012
By Enrique O'Farrill - Published on
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The Continents: Concerto for Jazz Quintet&Chamber Orchestra (CD1)is a wonderful composition by Mr. Corea. Complex and yet accesible. Melodic and modern. The orchestration is full of beautiful dialogues between the classical musicians and the jazz quintet. Counterpoint and colours abound to savour. The emphasis is on jazz which is a good thing. The jazz quintet improvises with excellence and fresh ideas. I have followed the work of Chick Corea for 40 years and in my opinion "The Continents" rates among his best work if not the best. In my view it clearly surpasses The Leprechaun and Corea's Piano Concerto Nº 1.
CD2 is different but equally enjoyable. Straight ahead jazz at its very finest (Steve Davis surpasses himself with every new solo). The pianist plays and solos as only he can (a bit in the spirit of "Now he sings and now he sobs"). Why must music this good have to comply with being "new" remains a mystery to me. Excellent should be good enough. I recomend to everyone to take the time to listen and enjoy this double cd issued by the prestigious Deutsche Gramophon.
The Jazz Concerto LIVES!!! Nov. 21 2013
By Gary Brown - Published on
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Being a hard-line Chick-fan for some 40+ years, this effort has maintained my rating as a seminal recording. This master of the genre continues to grow, with hopefully no end in sight!
Clean and rich. Dec 9 2013
By Antonio Siciliano Garcia - Published on
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Usual great stuff from master Corea. Rare disc where I live so a nice addition to my collection. Definite recommendation.

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