Chick Corea & Bela Fleck: Senorita




Chick Corea (piano, keyboards) and Béla Fleck (banjo)


The Enchantment (Concord 30253)

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Chick Corea (piano, keyboards), Béla Fleck (banjo).

Composed by Chick Corea


Recorded: Los Angeles, CA, early 2007


Rating: 97/100 (learn more)

On an airy but intense duet between Chick Corea and Bela Fleck, "Senorita" manages to sound like a relatively authentic Latin instrumental. While the track does maintain that certain Corea musical mark that stamps most of his recordings, neither player boldly crosses the line into abstractness, and the cohesion helps the music achieve its aims.

Compositionally, the track is indicative of the meeting place between Spanish-oriented sounds and the rootsy Americana found within the bluegrass genre, and the stylistic fusion is a perfect fit. Corea and Fleck both utilize staccato approaches when playing their respective instruments, and the resultant percussiveness effectively replaces what could have easily been a stereotypical Mestizo rhythm section tracked underneath.

As the pair trades off solos, it all sounds effortless as the liquidity of the shared space is punctuated by the fact that the production is so sympathetic to each individual phrase. Both players comfortably check their egos outside the recording studio, performing music that resonates with highly desirable freshness and heartfelt sensitivity. For any single Corea note cluster, a Fleck flourish exists, and their double-edged banter is quite engaging.

Reviewer: Marcus Singletary

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