Expressions

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4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0

COMPOSERS: Various
LABELS: GRP
WORKS: Expressions
PERFORMER: Chick Corea (p)
CATALOGUE NO: 97732

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Chick Corea’s latest recording is a clear-sighted solo exploration of evergreen standards. A complex character, Corea divides his time between fiercely electronic jazz rock and sophisticated acoustic modern jazz. Whatever the genre, the result is usually flawless in arrangement and execution — and in technique he is peerless. Applied here at his two-handed best to the writing of Rodgers & Hart, Strayhorn and Monk, great tunes are intricately gilded by the pianist’s self-assured brilliance. If you like to recognise the tune but want some musical value added, Expressions is ideal. If you’re looking for clues as to Corea’s next musical direction, wait for an ensemble recording. Garry Booth