Friday, May 2, 2014

Chick Corea...Now He Sings, Now He Sobs..1968 album reissued and remastered with extra tracks

If you enjoy great, improvised jazz piano in a trio format, you'll be sure to welcome this one as a new addition to your jazz library. With Chick Corea on this occasion are two excellent, lifelong sidemen of his, Miroslav Vitous on bass and Roy Haynes on drums.

While Corea was not unknown to the world of jazz in 1968, this album did bring him more notoriety and showcased him as a somewhat radical pianist. The album likely played no small role in Miles Davis having brought Corea on board later that same year to join his quintet. Many of the pieces on this album may seem too abstract for some, perhaps appearing too loose or unstructured. If you do come to such a conclusion, you will at least come to appreciate "Matrix" (now a standard) for its cohesiveness.

The original release of "Now He Sings, Now He Sobs" had five tracks, but this wonderful reissue has 8 bonus tracks making this an obvious win. Outstanding piano improvisation from one of the genre's finest pianists, this album is a must own as much for it's beauty as for its radicalism.