Chick Corea • Eddie Gomez • Paul Motian

COMPOSERS: Chick Corea Eddie Gomez Paul Motian
LABELS: Concord Jazz
ALBUM TITLE: Chick Corea • Eddie Gomez • Paul Motian
WORKS: Further Explorations
PERFORMER: Further Explorations Chick Corea (piano), Eddie Gomez (bass), Paul Motian (drums)
CATALOGUE NO: CJA3336402

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Whenever a jazz critic changes a light bulb there’ll be a dozen more pointing out the virtues of the old one. It’s hard to escape from this thinking and excellent albums like this item don’t make it any easier. Here are three grandmasters of modern jazz with a double album that, at least in part, is a celebration of the work of another, Bill Evans.

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The mere fact that the concept is sustainable over two CDs is indicative of how three veterans working in a classic format can still make music that sounds as though it was invented yesterday. Much of this invention is in the detail, with Corea tossing riffs and hooks around like pancakes and Motian (sadly now passed on) playfully dropping beats for the others to pick up, but the good-humoured atmosphere and crisp, almost raw sound of these live takes doesn’t exactly hurt, either. Marvellous stuff.
Roger Thomas