Chick Corea

Remembering Bud Powell Live [DVD]

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This live DVD presents portions of two 1996 concerts by Chick Corea with some of the same musicians that he used on his Remembering Bud Powell CD, including Wallace Roney, Christian McBride, and Roy Haynes, with Kenny Garrett on alto sax during the first date and Joshua Redman taking his place on the latter concert. The leader's arrangements of Powell's most challenging works are first rate, starting with the idiosyncratic "Glass Enclosure," which segues directly into "Tempus Fugit." Corea's tribute to the late pianist, "Bud Powell," previously recorded as a duet with vibraphonist Gary Burton, is updated with a guest vocal by Fred Johnson. The second show starts with the treacherous "Oblivion," which the quintet swings to the utmost. Redman and McBride join Corea for the lovely ballad "I'll Keep Loving You." The tense finale, "Un Poco Loco," begins with a well-disguised solo introduction by the leader during which he even uses a mallet to strike the piano strings; it also features great solos by Redman on soprano sax and Roney. The camera work and sound throughout this DVD are excellent. This release should be enough to convince the jazz fan who hasn't yet acquired a DVD player to get one.