Chick Corea: Steps - What Was


Steps-What Was


Chick Corea (piano)


Now He Sings, Now He Sobs (Blue Note 38265)

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Chick Corea (piano), Miroslav Vitous (bass), Roy Haynes (drums).

Recorded: A&R Studios, New York, March 14, 19 & 27, 1968


Rating: 94/100 (learn more)

After early recordings with trumpeter Blue Mitchell and a tour with Stan Getz, Corea recorded his first trio session in early 1968, complete with Latin-influenced original compositions and collective improvisations. “Steps-What Was,” the near 14-minute tour-de-force opening of the record, has garnered the reputation as the pinnacle of rhythmic interaction in the jazz trio setting. Corea’s cerebral approach is complemented by Haynes’ constant spreading of the rhythm and pioneering use of the flat-ride cymbal. The theme presented in the second half (“What Was”) looks forward to a later Corea classic, his much admired “Spain.” Three masters at their best.

Reviewer: Eric Novod

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  • 1 Gbile // Feb 20, 2008 at 12:48 PM
    beautiful piece of work
  • 2 Jason // Dec 17, 2008 at 04:03 AM
    Came across this song from the real book and very glad I did a real treasure.