Continents-Concerto for Jazz Quintet & Import
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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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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.
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.