Monday, November 14, 2011

Chick Corea - Tones for Joan's Bones (1999)

Chick Corea - Tones for Joan's Bones (1999)
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Genre ~ Post-Bop/Fusion | Label ~ Atlantic/WEA

Tones for Joan's Bones, Chick Corea's first session as a leader, is a blazing, advanced hard bop set from late 1966, with writing that reveals an affinity with McCoy Tyner's seminal hard bop structures from this period. Tenor player Joe Farrell and trumpeter Woody Shaw are ideal for this music. They deliver virtuoso performances that are both visceral and cerebral. Steve Swallow, while later focusing exclusively on electric bass, often with a melodic, impressionistic approach, is pure thunder here. In a blindfold test his acoustic bass could be mistaken for Buster Williams'. Drummer Joe Chambers is all relentless, propulsive energy, but subtle too. Corea is a torrent of harmonic and melodic imagination, couched in unerring rhythm. Anybody with an interest in this vital and exciting period will find this session indispensable. ~Allmusic

01. Litha (13:36)
02. This is New (7:41)
03. Tones for Joan's Bones (6:12)
04. Straight Up and Down (12:34)

Chick Corea - piano
Joe Farrell - tenor saxophone, flute
Woody Shaw, Jr. - trumpet
Steve Swallow - bass
Joe Chambers - drums

Produced by Herbie Mann
Recorded between 30th November - 1st December; 1966
Recording Engineer: Phil Iehle
Mastered by Jean Ristori at Mtx Mastering Studio, St-Legier, Switzerland
Re-releases coordinated by Claude Nobs with Thierry Amsallem and Andree Buchler
These releases on CD are dedicated to Nasuhi Ertegün
Cover illustration by Dick Luppi
Cover Design: Haig Adishian
Booklet design by Urs Tschuppert
Liner notes by Ahmet Ertegün, Claud Nobs, and Nat Hentoff