Thursday, 9 September 2010

Past, Present & Futures

by The Chick Corea New Trio

As far as I know, Past, Present & Futures is the only album recorded by The Chick Corea New Trio, with Avishai Cohen on bass and Jeff Ballard on drums. Which is a shame really. The opener, Fingerprints, makes it pretty obvious that this is the best piano trio Corea ever had, period. All the compositions are originals written by Corea especially for the trio, except for Jitterbug Waltz by Fats Waller, played here with great humour. Two beautiful songs are dedicated to Corea’s mother, Anna’s Tango (in Corea’s words, “created as the compliment to Armando’s Rhumba”) and a jazz waltz Dignity. My favourite on this album is another jazz waltz, Nostalgia (“this song sort of wrote itself one afternoon”).

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