Chick Corea: A.R.C.




Chick Corea (piano)


A.R.C. (ECM 833678)

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Chick Corea (piano), Dave Holland (bass), Barry Altschul (drums).

Recorded: Tonstudio Bauer, Ludwigsburg, Germany. January, 1971


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

This selection is less about Chick Corea and more about a group capable of frightening levels of interplay. The main theme is an extension of Holland's brisk, ascending solo introduction. What follows is just a bit over five minutes of the trio attempting to stave off chaos. Corea vamps and throws arpeggios on the floor. Holland splits his time between fingered and bowed passages. Altshul glues it all together while tossing in comments. Even with the rising intensity levels giving off extreme levels of musical centrifugal force, the communication never breaks down. “Like minds” might be a cliché; this music is anything but.

Reviewer: Mark Saleski

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