Chick Corea – Chick Corea: The Montreux Years (2022) [FLAC 24 bit, 44,1 kHz]

Chick Corea - Chick Corea: The Montreux Years (2022) [FLAC 24 bit, 44,1 kHz] Download

Artist: Chick Corea
Album: Chick Corea: The Montreux Years
Genre: Jazz Fusion, Jazz Rock
Release Date: 2022
Audio Format:: FLAC (tracks) 24 bit, 44,1 kHz
Duration: 01:24:25
Total Tracks: 9
Total Size: 938 MB


1-1. Chick Corea New Trio – Fingerprints (Live – Montreux Jazz Festival 2001) (07:51)
1-2. Chick Corea Freedom Band – Bud Powell (Live – Montreux Jazz Festival 2010) (13:41)
1-3. Chick Corea Akoustic Band – Quartet No. 2, Pt. 1 (Live – Montreux Jazz Festival 1988) (11:46)
1-4. Chick Corea Elektric Band – Interlude (Live – Montreux Jazz Festival 2004) (04:31)
1-5. Chick Corea Quartet – Who’s Inside the Piano (Live – Montreux Jazz Festival 1993) (04:41)
1-6. Chick Corea New Trio – Dignity (Live – Montreux Jazz Festival 2001) (07:14)
1-7. Chick Corea – America (Continents, Pt. 4) (Live – Montreux Jazz Festival 2006) (10:07)
1-8. Chick Corea Quartet – New Waltz (Live – Montreux Jazz Festival 1993) (14:10)
1-9. Chick Corea Quartet – Trinkle Tinkle (Live – Montreux Jazz Festival 1981) (10:19)


Chick Corea’s The Montreux Years (Live) showcases some of the legendary pianist’s remarkable Montreux Jazz Festival live performances. The set includes the Chick Corea Quartet, Chick Corea New Trio, Chick Corea Freedom Band, Chick Corea Akoustic Band, and Chick Corea Elektric Band, plus an appearance by The Bavarian Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra.

Chick Corea is considered one of the foremost jazz pianists of the post John Coltrane era and participated in the birth of jazz fusion. Throughout his career, the American jazz pianist was a regular fixture at the Montreux Jazz Festival, having performed at the festival 23 times. The performances in this new collection are curated from six of those shows.

Launched in 2021, ‘The Montreux Years’ is the embodiment of the spirit of the Montreux Jazz Festival and the legacy of its much-loved founder, Claude Nobs. Nobs refused to compromise on quality or settle for anything other than the best and this ethos lives on in the superb quality of the recordings compiled in ‘The Montreux Years’. Mastering has been performed by Tony Cousins at London’s iconic Metropolis Studios, incorporating MQA to capture the original sound of the special live performances.It was only natural that a volume of the compilation series The Montreux Years should one day be devoted to the great pianist Chick Corea who, over the course of his long and brilliant career, performed no less than 23 times at the prestigious jazz festival. Skilfully composed of eight tracks extracted from six performances between 1981 and 2010, this album offers a fairly detailed overview of the various musical directions the pianist has taken over the years. It’s an excellent introduction to his bright and generous artistic universe which has constantly sought a balance between tradition and modernity, writing and improvisation, lyricism and experimentation…

Making sure to cover the full spectrum of genres Corea experimented with, the album escapes to the realm of jazz-fusion (‘Interlude’, recorded in 2004 with the Elektric Band) and the world of neo-classical concerto (‘America (Continents, Pt.4)’, recorded in 2006, presenting the pianist, composer and soloist alongside the Bavarian Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra). However, it generally focuses on the genius modern acoustic jazz that Corea was known for in the latter part of his career. In 1988, he led his Akoustik Band (John Patitucci and Dave Weckl) to produce a magnificent cover of Quartet No.2. and in 2001, he was joined by the members of his New Trio (Avishai Cohen and Jeff Ballard) to create two divine pieces (‘Fingerprints’ and ‘Dignity’), demonstrating his astonishing creative and technical capacity.

A special mention goes to the vibrant tributes to two sacred jazz piano giants that Corea always cited as his idols: Bud Powell, for the piece of the same name recorded in 2010 alongside Kenny Garrett, Christian McBride and Roy Haynes; and Thelonious Monk for a mischievous cover of ‘Trinkle Tinkle’ recorded in 1981 with his quartet. A great way for the pianist to show his appreciation for these jazz masters as he takes his seat alongside them. – Stéphane Ollivier

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