Chick Corea ‎– The Continents (Concerto For Jazz Quintet & Chamber Orchestra)

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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.

The Continents is performed by Corea with a hand-picked all-star orchestra including members of The Harlem Quartet and Imani Winds, among others – and conducted by Steven Mercurio at the Manhattan Center Studios in June 2011.

The second disc includes Corea’s improvised solos – and four tracks with his jazz quintet from the same sessions.

“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/AllMusic.

Track listing:
1-1 Africa
1-2 Europe
1-3 Australia
1-4 America
1-5 Asia
1-6 Antartica
2-1 Lotus Blossom
2-2 Blue Bossa
2-3 What’s This?
2-4 Just Friends
2-5 Solo Continum 31
2-6 Solo Continum 42
2-7 Solo Continum 53
2-8 Solo Continum 64
2-9 Solo Continum 75
2-10 Solo Continum 86
2-11 Solo Continum 97
2-12 Solo Continum 108
2-13 Solo Continum 119
2-14 Solo Continum 1310
2-15 Solo Continum 1411

 Personnel:

Hans Glawischnig – bass gutar
Marcus Gilmore – drums
Chick Corea – piano
Tim Garland – saxophone, clarinet, flute
Steve Davis (7) – trombone

Written-By – Strayhorn (tracks: 2-1), Chick Corea (tracks: 1-1 to 1-6, 2-3, 2-5 to 2-15), Klenner (tracks: 2-4), Dorham (tracks: 2-2)

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Label: Deutsche Grammophon ‎– 477 9952

Released: 03 Feb. 2012

 

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