Chick Corea: The Continents: Concerto for Jazz Quintet & Chamber Orchestra [Digipak]

Audio Samples

>Continents, concerto for jazz quinte t & chamber orchestra: Africa, The
>Continents, concerto for jazz quinte t & chamber orchestra: Europe, The
>Continents, concerto for jazz quinte t & chamber orchestra: Australia, The
>Continents, concerto for jazz quinte t & chamber orchestra: America, The
>Continents, concerto for jazz quinte t & chamber orchestra: Asia, The
>Continents, concerto for jazz quinte t & chamber orchestra: Antartica, The
>Lotus Blossom
>Blue Bossa
>What's This?
>Just Friends
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Track List

>Continents, concerto for jazz quinte t & chamber orchestra: Africa, The
>Continents, concerto for jazz quinte t & chamber orchestra: Europe, The
>Continents, concerto for jazz quinte t & chamber orchestra: Australia, The
>Continents, concerto for jazz quinte t & chamber orchestra: America, The
>Continents, concerto for jazz quinte t & chamber orchestra: Asia, The
>Continents, concerto for jazz quinte t & chamber orchestra: Antartica, The
>Lotus Blossom
>Blue Bossa
>What's This?
>Just Friends
>Solo Continuum 31
>Solo Continuum 42
>Solo Continuum 53
>Solo Continuum 64
>Solo Continuum 75
>Solo Continuum 86
>Solo Continuum 97
>Solo Continuum 108
>Solo Continuum 119
>Solo Continuum 1310
>Solo Continuum 1411

Album Remarks & Appraisals:

"Excellent performances throughout with crystal clear, demonstration sound." - Gramophone

"The first disc features Corea's six-part composition conceptualized around Africa, the Americas, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, and Europe. While Corea's small group features such players as trombonist Steve Davis, saxophonist Tim Garland, bassist Hans Glawischnig, and drummer Marcus Gilmore, Corea is also backed by a handpicked orchestra conducted by Steve Mercurio and including members of the Harlem String Quartet and Imani Winds. This is truly a forward-thinking ensemble that can deftly fuse intricately arranged orchestral passages with more improvisatory jazz sections. The second disc features an extended solo piano series as well as several standards featuring Corea and his small group." - All Music

"Disc one of The Continents is composed of six sections depicting Africa, the Americas, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, and Europe and is described as a globally inspired concerto for jazz quintet and chamber orchestra. The work was conducted by Steven Mercurio and performed with an all-star New York orchestra, including members of the Harlem String Quartet and Imani Winds, among others. The Jazz Quintet consists of Corea, piano; Steve Davis, trombone; Tim Garland, reeds; Hans Glawischnig, bass; and Marcus Gilmore, drums. Disc two features new solo and quintet jazz recordings. I now feel that the recording of The Continents is complete. The music may have its technical flaws, as perfection was never the goal, but I'm pleased that the music was made in the Spirit of Play, which was the initial intent of the composition after being invited to write a "piano concerto in the spirit of Mozart" - Jazz Times

"Chick Corea presents his "musical dream," a new composition "in the spirit of Mozart" - where jazz, Latin, and classical converge into a globally inspired concerto for jazz quintet and chamber orchestra." - Abstract Logix

"On this 2-CD release, piano legend Chick Corea showcases both his composer and instrumentalist sides in his vision of world, jazz, Latin, and classical music - converging into a new, whole work of startling beauty. It's the sound of surprise." - JB Hifi

"Chick Corea is stunningly creative - and keeps finding new ways to prove it. "The Continents," titled after a 72-minute concerto for jazz quintet and chamber orchestra, is a two-album release that also includes a disc of 15 solo and small-group pieces. The concerto is a six-movement look at the large land masses. They are written to give jazz soloists, particularly Corea, plenty of room to solo while being surrounded by arrangements that never get too big. "America" stands out amid the six movements in its bounding, jazzy flavor and strong reed work of Ted Garland. The small-group album is highlighted by 11 solo pieces by Corea and a splendid version of "Blue Bossa" featuring the trombone of Steve Davis. It consists of works by Corea with some improvisation and sections of a piano work by Hungarian composer Bela Bartok. Whether it is works like these or touring with Return to Forever, there is no stopping Chick Corea." - Trib Live

Album Notes

Personnel: Chick Corea (piano); Tim Garland (flute, bass clarinet, soprano saxophone); Steve Davis (trombone); Marcus Gilmore (drums).

Liner Note Author: Chick Corea.

Recording information: Manhattan Center Studios, NYC.

Photographer: John Rogers .

The two-disc Corea: The Continents Concerto for Jazz Quintet and Chamber Orchestra features pianist Chick Corea performing with his combo and orchestra. The first disc features Corea's six-part composition conceptualized around Africa, the Americas, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, and Europe. While Corea's small group features such players as trombonist Steve Davis, saxophonist Tim Garland, bassist Hans Glawischnig, and drummer Marcus Gilmore, Corea is also backed by a handpicked orchestra conducted by Steve Mercurio and including members of the Harlem String Quartet and Imani Winds. This is truly a forward-thinking ensemble that can deftly fuse intricately arranged orchestral passages with more improvisatory jazz sections. The second disc features an extended solo piano series as well as several standards featuring Corea and his small group. ~ Matt Collar



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