Sunday, April 1, 2012

DVD of the Month - "Chick Corea Quartet: That Old Feeling - Live in LA"

DVD of the Month
Chick Corea: "That Old Feeling" (JazzDoor) 2012

Originally filmed for LaserDisc release only in Japan back on February 5, 1995 @ Corea's Mad Hatter Studios in Los Angeles, it now reappers on DVD format for the very first time, issued by the German label JazzDoor. This intriguing 66-minute session includes two standards -- "'Round Midnight" and a superb rendition of the title track -- and five Corea's originals: "New Life," "The Wish," "Terrain," "Day Danse" and (my favorite) "New Waltse".

Chick leads a quartet with the late tenor sax master Bob Berg (also prominently featured here on the soprano sax much more than in any other occasion I can remember), John Patitucci on acoustic bass, and Gary Novak on drums. There's also a string quartet a la Bartok conducted by Corea on "'Round Midnight" and "Day Danse": Ralph Morrison & Tamara Hatwan (violins), Victoria Miskolczy (viola) and Armen Ksajikian (cello). An excellent West Alden Production, directed by Mick Thompson and engineered by Bernie Kirsh, with Corea's usual seal of quality.

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