GRP-A-1026 The Chick Corea Elektric Band
Produced by Chick Corea
Released on 1986
US JAZZ ALBUMS CHART POSITION #6
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GRP-A-1026 cover
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A new chapter for Chick, who takes two supremely talented youngsters under his wing and leads them flying through some spirited fusion music. This, their debut album (and first for label GRP), could be seen as a return to RTF’s old stomping grounds except that here Corea is the master, Patitucci and Weckl the students. The record follows a loose concept concerning life in Elektric City (an analogy for our own world), like most cities harboring both temptation and salvation. The playing is superlative as you’d expect; Corea remains expressive and entertaining even behind an array of electronic machines, while Patitucci and the unconventional Weckl show flashes of real fire. The trio also receives some help from guest guitarists Carlos Rios and Scott Henderson. If you’re wondering why the album rates an average orange (oh, he’s color coding them now), it’s because so few fusion albums really get under my skin. I’ve listened to this record at least two dozen times, and by now I look for the same payoffs: the lively “Got A Match?” with its shades of Birdland, and the two exotic bookends on side two, “No Zone” and “India Town.” The rest of the record is good, but it doesn’t affect me the way a Romantic Warrior does. To its credit, The Chick Corea Elektric Band benefits from a consistent musical vision. Corea albums from the late ‘70s could often hop around restlessly between classical, traditional and fusion jazz, but this is pure electric/electronic fusion from beginning to end. If you enjoy fusion for itself (or think everything by Weather Report is brilliant) than you should check out at least one Elektric outing (preferably one featuring Eric Marienthal). This is otherwise an auspicious start, suggesting that as Weckl and Patitucci develop they might themselves complete the cycle from students to masters.

GRP-A-1026 back cover GRP-A-1026 picture sleeve
GRP-A-1026 back cover GRP-A-1026 picture sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. RUMBLE    4:04
  2. SIDE WALK    (Chick Corea/John Patitucci/Dave Weckl)    3:48
  3. COOL WEASEL BOOGIE    6:43
  4. GOT A MATCH?    5:38
  5. ELEKTRIC CITY    4:07
  6. NO ZONE    5:29
  7. KING COCKROACH    6:56
  8. INDIA TOWN    5:06

    CD bonus tracks
  9. CITY GATE
  10. ALL LOVE
  11. SILVER TEMPLE

    All pieces composed and arranged by Chick Corea unless noted

CREDITS

CHICK COREA -- Yamaha KX88/TX816'S, Synclavier, Linn 9000, Fairlight, midi Rhodes/TX816'S, mini moog, Yamaha GS1, DX7/TX816'S, gong
JOHN PATITUCCI -- Pollman acoustic bass, Smith/Jackson 6 string bass, Fender Jazz bass
DAVE WECKL -- Yamaha & Simmons drums, percussion, Linn drum
Scott Henderson -- guitar (7)
Carlos Rios -- guitar
Ron Moss -- executive album producer
Bernie Kirsh -- associate producer, engineer, mixing
Dave Grusin & Larry Rosen -- executive producers
Dan Serrano/Andy Baltimore/David Gibb -- art design
Michael Manoogian -- cover logo design
Glenn Wexler -- color photo
David Moore -- B&W photos

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US/CAN 1986 GRP LP/CS/CD GRP-A/GRC-1026/GRP-D-9535 picture sleeve
BRA 1986 GRP LP 290002  
GER 1986 GRP LP 91026 picture sleeve
JPN November 24, 2003 Universal CDX   w. bonus tracks

 

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