Chick Corea: Now He Sings, Now He Sobs


Now He Sings, Now He Sobs


Chick Corea (piano)


The Blue Note Years: Best of Chick Corea (Blue Note B2-89282)

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

Composed by Chick Corea


Recorded: New York, March 19, 1968


Rating: 96/100 (learn more)

As of 2008, the most recently recorded (as opposed to most recently enshrined) jazz inductees to the Grammy Hall of Fame were this 1968 Chick Corea single and Miles Davis's 1969 Bitches Brew album. All of 1970s jazz is eligible, but (to the Recording Academy at least) none has enough "qualitative or historical significance" to merit induction. Which places a heavy burden on this track: to signify jazz when it last meant something. What stands out, though, about this recording from a year of rampant social upheaval is how un-revolutionary it was. Just superb straight-ahead jazz piano trio, proving that tradition-based excellence outclasses glitzy fusion even by the same artists. (Corea led Return to Forever; Vitous was an early member of Weather Report.)

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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