[JPL] Chick' Corea The noted pianist and composer on his favorite jazz albums

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March 3, 2007

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Hit List: Armando 'Chick' Corea
The noted pianist and composer on his favorite jazz albums
By CAMILLE RICKETTS
March 3, 2007; Page P2

One of jazz's most influential pianists, Armando "Chick" Corea, 65, is known
for combining Brazilian and Spanish influences with an electric jazz-fusion
sound. Last month, he received his 13th Grammy award, for his 2006 album
"The Ultimate Adventure," which also marked the 46th Grammy nomination of
his four-decade career. He's touring with frequent collaborator Gary Burton
to celebrate the 35th anniversary of their 1972 album "Crystal Silence."
Below, five of his favorite jazz albums.


Blowin' the Blues Away, Horace Silver (1959)

Pianist and composer Horace Silver blended gospel, African and Latin sounds
in his compositions, and influenced a number of pianists in later
generations. "I grew up on this record," says Mr. Corea. "I learned every
single note."


Out to Lunch, Eric Dolphy (1964)

This album brought together an ensemble that included Mr. Dolphy on alto
saxophone, flute and bass clarinet, Tony Williams on drums, Freddie Hubbard
on trumpet, Richard Davis on bass and Bobby Hutcherson on vibraphone. "He
pulled together such great musicians and compositions that it's an instant
classic," says Mr. Corea.


Sun Ship, John Coltrane (1971)

Mr. Corea, a self-proclaimed Coltrane devotee, says he likes this album --
recorded in a single day in 1965 -- for its spontaneity. "It's just a jam
with some really loose ideas," he says. "Every song is a first take, and it
just keeps the listener -- wow -- engaged."


Live at the Five Spot, John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk (1993)

Mr. Coltrane played with Thelonious Monk's quartet for five months in 1957
at The Five Spot in New York, and returned one night in 1958, filling in for
Johnny Griffin. The recording of that 1958 show was released by Blue Note in
1993. "Monk was older and wiser and I know Coltrane looked up to him," Mr.
Corea says.


Miles Davis and Gil Evans: The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings (1996)

"If you want to be melted, listen to this," Mr. Corea says of the
collaboration between Mr. Davis and Mr. Evans, a renowned arranger. "It
makes for a modern-day musical feast."

Write to Camille Ricketts at camille.ricketts at wsj.com1

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