Chick Corea: Windows




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).

Composed by Chick Corea


Recorded: New York, March 1968


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

Now He Sings, Now He Sobs is one of the most essential jazz drumming recordings of the modern era. It marked the beginning of the second half of Roy Haynes's career, and suggested that he would continue innovating well into the post-bop era, just as he had in the previous bebop and hard-bop eras. His playing from start to finish changed how drummers approached playing in a piano trio.

First is the drum sound. The addition of a flat ride cymbal as his primary rhythmic weapon was revelatory. His smaller, higher-pitched drums were balanced perfectly by the quiet, shimmering hum of a flat ride creating acoustic contrasts rarely before heard from a jazz drum kit. Haynes has altered his drum setup since this '68 session, but his flat-ride cymbal sound, coupled with his cranked metal snare drum, and ringy bass drum and toms have come to define the sound of the second half of his career. They've also become common choices for many other drummers.

"Windows," a mellow track in 3/4 time, features Haynes's prolonged 4-over-3 polyrhythms throughout. When these measure-long polyrhythms are combined with his constant blurring of barlines, his playing creates an upsurge of forward momentum that's simply impossible to stop. Playing a waltz was of course nothing new by 1968, but these three masters invented a kind of new waltz style that blurs the lines of 3/4 with the rhythmic elasticity heard throughout this track.

Reviewer: Eric Novod

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