Round Midnight
(Cootie Williams & Thelonious Monk)
( 8'38, 3.95Mo)

Extrait de ALIVE (1991), avec: Chick COREA (piano), John PATITUCCI (doublebass) and Dave WECKL (drums).


Chick COREA:

''b. Armando Anthony Corea, 12 June 1941, Chelsea, Massachusetts, USA. After a very musical home environment, pianist Corea's first notable professional engagements were in the Latin bands of Mongo Santamar'a and Willie Bobo (1962-63), playing a style of music that continues to influence him today. Joining Blue Mitchell 's band in 1964, he spent two years with the trumpeter, and had a chance to record some of his own compositions for Blue Note Records. Corea's first recordings appeared in 1966 with Tones For Joan's Bones, and show a pianist influenced mainly by hard-bop. In 1968, he joined Miles Davis for the trumpeter's first real experiments with fusion. Playing on some of Davis' most important albums, Corea's electric piano became integral to the new sound. Leaving Davis in 1970 to explore free music within an acoustic setting, he formed Circle with Dave Holland, Barry Altschul, and later Anthony Braxton. Although Circle lasted only a year, it managed to make some important recordings before Corea, now involved in Scientology, became interested in a style with more widespread appeal. Forming the first of three bands called Return To Forever in 1971, he played a Latin-influenced fusion featuring the vocalist Flora Purim and percussionist Airto Moreiro, before he changed the band's line-up to produce a more rock-orientated sound in the mid-70s. The final Return To Forever hinted at classical music with string and brass groups, but disbanded in 1980 after only moderate success. After playing with numerous top musicians in the early 80s (including Herbie Hancock and Michael Brecker ), since 1985 he has concentrated on his Akoustic and Elektric Bands and now records for GRP Records. Joined by John Patitucci (bass) and Dave Weckl (drums), he is presently involved in a music that challenges the extremes of virtuosity, mixing passages of complex arrangement with solos in the fusion style.''



''b. 22 December 1959, Brooklyn, New York, USA. Patitucci is a technically gifted bassist best known for his work on both the electric and acoustic instruments for fusion keyboard legend Chick Corea. After playing some pop and rock in his brother's band in New York, he moved with his family to America's west coast, the home of a fearsome tradition for jazz/rock fusion virtuosi, in 1972, and was introduced to the jazz tradition by bass teacher Chris Poehler. Studying the acoustic work of Ron Carter, Dave Holland, Charlie Haden and Eddie Gomez, and the electric bass techniques of Larry Graham, Marcus Miller, Stanley Clarke and, particularly, bass hero Jaco Pastorius, he developed quickly, working with pianist Gap Mangione (brother of Chuck Mangione ), and veteran British-born vibesman Victor Feldman. It was with Feldman that Chick Corea came across him, and asked him to join the newly formed Elektric Band. Patitucci stayed with the Elektric Band throughout its life, recording five albums, and played an important part in the Akoustic Band trio. Since the late 80s he has also been working as a leader on GRP Records and Stretch - Corea's own subsidiary of the GRP label. An incredible technician on both acoustic and six-string electric basses, Patitucci has unfortunately allowed his output to be dominated by material that works primarily as a means to demonstrate his technique. One of his best records is Sketchbook, featuring drummer Peter Erskine, tenor saxophonist Michael Brecker and guitarist John Scofield.''



''b. 8 January 1960, St Louis, Missouri, USA. A technically advanced fusion drummer who specialises in applying jazz's rhythmic complexity to the aggressive sound of the rock kit, Weckl rose to prominence as Chick Corea 's fearless drummer, hidden behind a huge, towering kit in the popular Elektric Band. The son of an amateur pianist, Weckl was turned onto the drums by (strangely) jazz big band drummer Buddy Rich, eventually studying jazz at the University of Bridgeport Connecticut. His first gigging experience was with the successful fusion outfit Nitesprite, and he soon dropped out of college to take advantage of the opportunities to gig and tour abroad. He impressed leading fusion drummer Peter Erskine, who helped spread the young musician's name further, and Weckl soon found himself busy in the fusion scene and in the studio, recording lucrative dates for Diana Ross, George Benson, Madonna and Robert Plant. He joined keyboardist Chick Corea in the mid-80s, forming a third of the fast-moving, virtuoso rhythm section with bassist John Patitucci that in its seven years came to represent Corea's 80s style. Since the group's disbandment, Weckl has concentrated on his own career, recording as a leader for GRP Records in the early 90s, and powering the All-Star GRP Big Band live and on record. More recently he has led his own band, which includes Tommy Kennedy (bass), Jay Oliver (keyboards), Steve Weingart (keyboards), Buzz Feiten (guitar), and Brandon Fields (saxophone), on recordings for the Stretch label.''



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