Now He Sings, Now He Sobs. Don't get much better than this. It is a monster album. Among the great jazz albums of all, IMHO...
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Chick is one of those rare artists who constantly reinvent themselves musically, I've really liked a lot of his musical explorations old and new, that said I think that his early seventies work with Return To Forever especially, Where Have I know You Before; were his strongest and best realized. just MHO.
It's hard to pick a favorite, since Corea has performed a number of different styles of jazz, and recordings ranging from solo and duo to sextets). Here are a few of my favorite Corea albums (both as a leader and as a "sideman":
1. Light As A Feather;
2. Crystal Silence (with Gary Burton);
3. Native Sense (with Gary Burton);
4. Akoustic Band: Alive
5. Trio Music: Live In Europe;
6. Amber Skies (one of my favorite jazz recordings that I continue to return to over the years; Corea was the pianist in sextet; released on Palo Alto Records in late 1980's)
7. Like Minds (with Gary Burton, Pat Metheny, Dave Holland, and Roy Haynes.
Amen on the Musicmagic--I'll bet I listened to that album a million times!
That particular era was very rich indeed for Chick and the group. Though, I just saw him on a cable channel--recently (hard to say) recorded in a really beautiful, homey venue.
He's amazingly talented and still looks great. The recording was well done for a television production too.
Thanks for reminding me of that one!
Been a big fan for close to 40 yrs! The last 2 times I've seen him were during his 'Ultimate Adventure' tour and this past summer with the 5 Peace Band. There's a terrific DVD of the Ultimate Adventure band in concert (I have it) that has fantastic music AND audio. My favorite solo piano recording of Chick's would be the GRP record 'Expressions'. Corea at the peak of his abilities playing standards, really beautiful work.