CHICK COREA — Jazzman (aka Chick Corea aka Waltz For Bill Evans)

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Boxset / Compilation · 1979

Tracklist

A1 Converge
A2 Sundance
B1 Waltz For Bill Evans
B2 Vamp

French edition track list:
A1 Converge 8:05
A2 This 12:46
B1 Waltz For Bill Evans 6:46
B2 Vamp 13:25

Japanese edition track list:
A1 Converge 8:05
A2 This 11:50
B1 Waltz For Bill Evans 6:48
B2 Sundance 12:29

Line-up/Musicians

Woody Shaw : trumpet, on A1,B2
Hubert Laws : flute, piccolo, except on A2
Bennie Maupin : tenor saxophone
Chick Corea : piano, electric piano
Dave Holland : bass
Jack DeJohnette : drums, except on B1
Horacee Arnold : percussion, on A1,B2

About this release

51 West / CBS ‎– Q 16078 (US)

Recorded in 1969, same session as material,released on "Sundance"(Groove Merchant GM 2202).Actually, is almost identical to "Sundance" containing some retitled tracks from the former.

Released in France same year as "Chick Corea"(America Records ‎– AM 6144). Released in Japan in 1980 as "Waltz For Bill Evans"(Philips ‎– 16 PJ-2001)

"Waltz For Bill Evans" is also known as "Song Of The Wind"

This Album Consists Of Previously Released Material

Thanks to snobb for the addition

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Pianist Chick Corea's Return To Forever(RTF) project made him a superstar of sort at the late 70s, when RTF themselves were already inactive jazz fusion popularity in general experienced significant decline. Corea himself tried to find a new ground as solo artist playing everything from pop jazz to Latin to third stream, with only partial success.

At the same time music industry still worked hard trying to explore "Chick Corea"'s brand till the end. It was a time when numerous labels have released plenty of all possible re-issues,compilations and archival materials, related with Corea's name, often in quite odd form."Jazzman" is one of such releases (which can be find under dozen of different titles on the market as well).

This compilation contains four Corea's early pieces, most probably coming from three-days session, recorded in 1969. Chick collaborators are all future stars,including bassist Dave Holland,drummer Jack DeJohnette,flutist Hubert Laws,trumpeter Woody Shaw,tenor Bennie Maupin and lesser known percussionist Horacee Arnold. The music has been recorded at the same time as Corea's first avant-garde jazz work "Is", and contains stylistically very similar music. Even being less free and more tuneful, "Jazzman" for sure must to disappoint RTF fans, expecting something similar in "new" Corea's releases. At the same time, it can really attract those not so numerous fans of Corea's most creative experimental period of late 60s - early 70s. More accessible than "Is" or "A.R.C." (not mention his complex masterpieces,released with Circle), "Jazzman" contains a bit direct-less mix of avant-garde jazz, early fusion and post-bop and that way illustrates quite well where from Corea's later music is coming.

The odd thing about this album is one could already be familiar with same (or very similar material) even without knowing about it. No info is provided about original sources, and to make the situation even more dreadful, it looks some titles of previously released songs are changed as well. As a result, we know that most probably "Jazzman" contains same, or very similar material with that already released in 1972 on obscure Corea's "Sundance" album. Again, it looks that all compositions were recorded during same sessions as "Sundance", and very possible "Jazzman" combines some material, already released on "Sundance" with one or more outtakes. At the same time there are plenty of albums released under different titles,which contain same or very similar material (quite often different songs titles doesn't mean that songs are really different), plus some of alternative releases mention containing "alternate versions" of same tracks. It's almost impossible to realize now where the truth is, probably better solution is Corea's "Early Works" album, possibly containing full session's material in one place.

Anyway, released most probably as one more try to explore "hot" Corea's name of the moment, this album contains some interesting material from possibly most creative Chick's period and today can offer some attractive moments for pianist's fans.

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