Past, Present & Futures

Past, Present & Futures

by The Chick Corea New Trio


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Past, Present & Futures is the latest of an extraordinary string of acoustic hardcore jazz recordings by Chick Corea on Stretch, his signature label, that feature the iconic pianist-composer at the top of his form. Now 60, Corea is completely in tune with his thirtyish bass-drum team of Avishai Cohen and Jeff Ballard, who have played hundreds of gigs with Corea since 1997 as members of his sextet Origin; they navigate 10 recently composed Corea originals and Fats Waller's "Jitterbug Waltz" in a joyous, interactive set that embodies the spirit of exploration and stretching-out, prodigious technique completely at the service of thought. For example, on "Fingerprints," a variant on Wayne Shorter's "Footprints," the pianist flies over a turbulent Latin groove, springboarding Cohen into a fleet, harmonically cogent solo with rhythmic twists and turns that spur Ballard into beautiful patterns that morph into a Corea-Ballard unison sequence. That spirit continues through "Cloud Candy," a medium blues with an insinuating melody; into "Dignity," an extended form waltz with a nachtmusik motif that appears to be in two sections; all the way through to the concluding "Life Line," a long form piece based on a call-and-response motif over a surging clave that inspires Corea to spin out lucid, endlessly imaginative melodies. We commented last year that Corea's concurrent solo piano recitals, Standards and Originals, were "de facto meditations on jazz tradition refracted through a personality that unfailingly gazes at the stars." You might describePast, Present & Futures as a de facto speculation on the future bedrocked on an unflinching dialogue with the past and an unwavering commitment to the imperative of creating truth and beauty in the here and now.

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Release Date: 04/10/2001
Label: Stretch Records
UPC: 0013431903529
catalogNumber: 9035
Rank: 9748

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Past, Present & Futures 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Past Present & Future (hearing its preview) is another example of how fine C.C.'s artistry is. His is the timeless ability to sound perfectly alive from edge to edge. I highly recommend this beautifully crafted disc.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pianist Chick Corea is back with bassist Avishai Cohen and drummer Jeff Ballard, aptly named The Chick Corea New Trio. With the new album Past, Present & Futures, Chick forges ahead and continues to create new music that is stylish and sincere. Together since 1998, the New Trio¿s music maintains it roots in traditional jazz by blending together as one unified unpredictable voice. With ten new original compositions plus Fats Waller¿s ¿Jitterbug Waltz¿ this new album is a great step forward for Chick and his New Trio.
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