Chick Corea: Matrix




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: New York, March 1968


Rating: 94/100 (learn more)

Before Chick Corea became a big shot in the world of fusion (which ensured him enough popularity to keep his houses packed when he returned to acoustic groups), he made the terrific trio record Now He Sings, Now He Sobs, from which “Matrix” sprang. It’s a 61?2-minute crash course in the buildup and release of tension (which, heck, is what jazz is all about). The format is predictable – theme, piano solo, bass solo, drum solo, and the big finish – but within those confines are some glorious moments, particularly in the opening solo. “Matrix” is a fast song with rapid changes, and Corea navigates it adeptly. (Of course, he did write it.) After stating the theme twice, he gets right to it, digging around in the chords and unearthing spontaneous ideas. It’s enough to make one wish Corea never got involved with his electric groups.

Reviewer: Steve Greenlee

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  • 1 Gerry Shatford // Jul 02, 2008 at 08:12 PM
    check out this link if you're interested in the solo on Matrix: