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Chick Corea: The Mad Hatter

Album Notes

Personnel: Chick Corea (acoustic & electric pianos, keyboards, synthesizer, finger cymbals); Gayle Moran (vocals, keyboards); Joe Farrell (soprano & tenor saxophones, piccolo, flute); Stuart Blumberg, John Rosenberg, John Thomas (trumpet); Ron Moss (trombone); Charles Veal, Kenneth Yerke (violin); Denyse Buffum, Michael Nowack (viola); Dennis Karmazyn (cello); Herbie Hancock (electric piano); Eddie Gomez (acoustic bass); Jamie Faunt (bass); Steve Gadd, Harvey Mason (drums).

Producer: Chick Corea.

Reissue producer: Michael Lang.

Recorded at Kendun Recorders, Burbank, California in 1978. Originally released on Polydor (1-6130). Includes liner notes by Chick Corea and Harvey Pekar.

Digitally remastered by Gary Mayo (Polygram Studios).

This post-Return to Forever Chick Corea LP is a bit of a mixed bag. Corea is heard on his many keyboards during an atmospheric "The Woods," interacts with a string section on "Tweedle Dee," features a larger band plus singer Gayle Moran on a few other songs and even welcomes fellow keyboardist Herbie Hancock for the "Mad Hatter Rhapsody." The most interesting selection, a quartet rendition of "Humpty Dumpty" with tenorman Joe Farrell set the stage for his next project, Friends. Overall, this is an interesting and generally enjoyable release. ~ Scott Yanow


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