Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Chick Corea The Vigil Concord 2013

An impressionist milestone, if you could own one Chick Corea release start with The Vigil!
Brent Black / @CriticalJazz

Chick Corea continues to redefine modern jazz piano while reinventing his own artistic voice. At the age of 70 when most artists are looking back, Chick Corea is moving forward with perhaps his most auspicious recording over the last two decades and with The Vigil he proudly passes the torch to the next generation. A strange parallel exists between this particular recording and the early works of Return To Forever. Corea's original compositions here are open ended layers of harmonic texture that are complemented by some of the finest young talent modern jazz has to offer. There are some exemplary reharms of some Corea classics that turn this release into the perfect melodic marriage of the old and new.

A similar instrumentation to Return To Forever coupled with the same seat of your pants excitement from the all star cast allows the listener to join in for the proverbial blast from the past made fresh, new and exciting with an organic warmth and pop perhaps best on display with the Chick Corea Elektric Band. While each member of the new Corea ensemble is given ample room to explore their own artistic voice, standout performance are turned in by drummer Marcus Gilmore and the jazz answer to Joe Satriani in Charles Altura. Chick's wife, Gayle Moran Corea makes a delightful cameo appearance contributing vocals on "Outside of Space" and bassist Stanley Clarke and saxophonist Ravi Coltrane join Corea on "Pledge for Peace" inspired by the late John Coltrane. The sonic fire power on display here can easily pass as the improvisational music equivalent of "shock and awe" as they push the harmonic boundaries of the music but never so far as to push the casual listener over the edge of the lyrical cliff.

The traditional review does not seem appropriate when discussing an artist of Chick Corea's stature. Perhaps the most amazing aspect of Chick Corea and his prolific career is that he continues to blend the past, present, and future into an ambient world all his own. An artist that is comfortable with who he is and where he is heading is rare. Grounded but with an eye to the heavens, this is an inspired work and one of Chick Corea's finest.
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Tracks: Galaxy 32 Star 4; Planet Chia; Portals To Forever; Royalty; Outside of Space; Pledge for Peace; Legacy.

Personnel: Chick Corea: Yamaha CFIIIS Concert Grand Piano; Motif XF8, Moog Voyager; Tim Garland: Tenor & Soprano Saxophone, Bass Clarinet, Flute; Charles Altura: Electric & Acoustic Guitar; Hadrien Feraud: Bass; Marcus Gilmore: Drums; Pernell Saturnino: Percussion (1,2,3); Gayle Moran Corea: Vocals (5); Stanley Clarke: Bass (5); Ravi Coltrane: Saxophone (6).