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3.44 | 16 ratings | 4 reviews | 19% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1993

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Paint The World (3:56)
2. Blue Miles (5:30)
3. Tone Poem (6:47)
4. CTA (5:47)
5. Silhouette (1:43)
6. Space (6:03)
7. The Ant & The Elephant (7:31)
8. Tumba Island (5:57)
9. Ritual (7:34)
10. Ished (7:14)
11. Spanish Sketch (8:06)
12. Reprise (2:50)

Total Time 68:58

Line-up / Musicians

- Chick Corea / piano, keyboards, synth programming, producer
- Mike Miller / electric & acoustic guitars
- Eric Marienthal / sax
- Jimmy Earl / bass
- Gary Novak / drums

Releases information

Attributed to Chick Corea Elektric Band II

Artwork: Barton Stabler

CD GRP ‎- GRD-9731 (1993, US)

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(16 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(19%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(25%)
Good, but non-essential (44%)
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Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
4 stars Wow! I'm glad I revisted this CD. That's the good thing about doing there reviews here. It gives me a reason to revisit the albums I've forgotten, or just been ignoring. This one falls into the latter category. I think the GRP label and Dave Grusin himself in the credits kind of put me off.

Now the thing that separated Chick Corea's fusion albums in the seventies was his compositions. His sense of melody seemed much more advanced than many of his contemporaries at the time. That's really the only big disappointment on this album. Except for a couple of tunes, the songs sound like they were composed only for solos to play over a chord progression, nothing more. They are interesting chord progressions, but the melodies played seem mostly to be an afterthought. The exceptions are "Blue Miles", a blues based tune with a great big band style arrangement, and "Spanish Sketch", a grandiose piece that would have fit well on one of the classic Return To Forever albums.

The performances are all great here, except I would have liked to have heard a bit more from guitarist Mike Miller (who later went on to play in the Banned From Utopia with many Zappa alumni), and less of Mike Marienthal, whose sax solos seem to lack the fire of the rest of the players. And an electric bass solo is always a welcome addition on a fusion album.

Review by snobb
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Second version of Chick Corea's Electric Band has not so sound line-up, as previous one, only saxophonist Eric Marienthal stayed with Chick from previous team. Album's music is competent post-bop, Latin and lite-fusion you could expect from GRP label.

Corea's keyboards are characteristic, if not too vintage , he plays sometimes just post bop from his early 70-s, or early Latin fusion of RTF début. Other musicians are competent, and it's all. I never liked Marienthal sax ( he virtually filled all the panel of "late -night bar contemporary jazz" during few last decades). Sound is soft, kind of old-fashioned when post-bop, and openly commercial when soft-fusion.

In whole - not a bad album, but quite out of place for 90-s. Nothing new, nothing great, but still good old Corea's collection. Release for Corea collectors and fans of melodic soft fusion, hardly more.

Review by Kazuhiro
3 stars An openhearted splendid methodology might have been used as a method of construction and the expression of the group that Chick Corea had given for details to this Elektric Band II on the boundary of the especially 90's.

There was a peculiar characteristic to which the music character concerning the album that had been announced after Elektric Band had been formed in 1985 was united to some degree. Part of flow and situation in which band that introduces electronic part from angle besides "Return To Forever" is expressed in Chick Corea again. And, it is likely to have become a formation of this band inevitably. The elite as the guess concretely ..being able execution.. a purpose and very directionality of this band. the member who had been gathered at first of the formation

Situation in which acoustic element in activity of band on the way is introduced. Or, it flows by making the rhythm section become independent and installing the form of Trio. It might be certain that all anyway the music at which Chick Corea had to aim at that time and the music that had to be expressed were inevitably done by the band and Trio.

The music character introduced into an acoustic Trio and band for Chick Corea might derived naturally. And, an action John Patitucci's existing and at least at that time might become one point as details to which this Elektric Band did dismantlement and restructuring further by this album. Anyway at that time, Chick Corea should have caught the activity of Elektric Band II as a concern. It is possible to think about it to some degree as the guess.

The style that Chick Corea had had been always offered to the listener as his outlook on the world. The big creativity might always have taken inevitable shape. The situation is reflected in the work in the especially 90's as an activity of Trio and this band.

John Patitucci that had seceded the band at the time of 1991 had the purpose to express the music character at this time through own group. However, the relation between John Patitucci and Chick Corea was not the translations that had cut completely. Announcement of work by "Stretch Label" that Chick Corea established it actually. Or, it acts about Trio that adds drum player's Vinnie Colaiuta. The tour by Quartet that added Bob Berg, Gary Novak, and John Patitucci at time when this album was announced to Chick Corea is actually dared. It has the shape that develops into "Time Warp" to announce in the following 1995 years as a result.

As for the organization with this Elektric Band II, elites who had touched the clairvoyance of Chick Corea were collected. This member's election will be reminiscent of the election of first Elektric Band form. As for Sax player's Eric Marienthal, the intention that remained continuously in the band was told as first information. However, other members were musician who had been indeed found by Chick Corea.

The line of Earl-Novak-Miller might have sent a fresh wind to past Elektric Band. It is understood the addition of the expression by a part of the greeting by the member and a technical part of the sense of relief to a past music character and the methodology.

The flow to do the performance in addition to the concept of running to directionality, the idea of the band that cultivated it till then, and a certain seed work enough is in this member's performance. This album has been approved as a flow that surely gives priority to the performance while being based on elaborate ensemble. The establishment of the performance might be the overall impression of this album. However, it cannot know whether it is an album with individuality especially. It is possible to listen to the uniformity of the zeal that has been spent on this Elektric Band and the skillful melody enough.

The feature in "Paint The World" is to progress the melody and chord with the expression of feelings in which Chick Corea is skillful most. Establishment of steady rhythm and groove to get on repetition of chord arranged in the whole. The piano pulls the tune. And, the obbligati of complete Jazz by Mike Miller constructs a good flow. The sound to which soprano sax of Eric Marienthal is glossy enough is emitted. The sound of an individual member in close relation to the progress of chord decided to some degree produces gentle Jazz Rock.

"Blue Miles" might be a tune exactly dedicated to Miles Davis. A flavor that Blues/Bop is good and a complex theme get on while being based on the rhythm of the shuffle. Part that shifts from solo of E-Piano to solo of guitar. And, complete polyrhythm is introduced. Flow that shifts there to solo of Sax. The flow to which an individual member turns solo might have the atmosphere of session.

"Tone Poem" shifts from the sound of Rhodes that recollects Return To Forever to the part of smooth jazz. Ensemble of the band that has already succeeded in the introduction of an acoustic element uses the sound with diversity properly. It is likely to express it though the sound of Mike Miller lacks punch a little if it compares it with Frank Gambale by the method of suitable for the tune. The member of this organization also is supplementing ensemble in which the band was skillful and technical respect enough so far. Rhords and the keyboard that Chick Corea does pull the impression of the tune.

"CTA" constructs a complex theme. Complete rhythm section that twines round methodology of Bop. Or, it is partial in the line of bass to make good use of the chopper. Flow that shifts from E-Piano to solo of Sax. The tune puts out individuality while accompanying the construction of a complex rhythm. Solo of the guitar is based as much as possible on the performance of blues rock and it contributes to the tune. The call and response and the unison of good to listen in the part of coda of the tune shine, too.

"Silhouette" has a few, ambient flows. This tune might play the role of interlude for the album. Part of uplifted guitar from complete anacatesthesia. It connects with the following tune well and offers the listener an impressive part.

"Space" is a tune with 6/8 rhythms in the subject. Melody of keyboard in close relation to steady rhythm. Unison of guitar and Sax that gives progress of chord that recollects AOR a little. The rhythm section is extremely steady. There might be atmosphere that the feeling of "Eye Of The Beholder" is followed as an impression of the tune. Part of keyboard and guitar for three group notes to twine well. The performance that solo of a guitar never gay is good is given. Polyrhythm that often listens can be improved.

"The Ant And The Elephant" is a tune that puts out an acoustic element. Part of piano solo in close relation to unique theme. Or, the guitar that produces the anacatesthesia accompanies the part of good Jazz Rock. Classic a little part. However, the rhythm where it doesn't stay as a simple composition is constructed. Especially, the composition of the rhythm multiuses cymbals legato, polyrhythm, and 16 notes. The power of expression of solo of Mike Miller is very rich. An individual member is having them understand enough and express the progress of various rhythms and chord.

"Tumba Island" has introduced a complex rhythm. However, the melody of the theme is extremely complex. Construction of rhythm intermittently done. Processing of space by note composed complexly. Ensemble is complete though the performance that an individual member does is intermittent. However, it might be a tune especially not impressive. The solo sound of Sax in which Wayne Shorter is reminiscent a little more is expressed. The guitar is suitable for the tune of this band by contraries and contributes.

As for "Ritual", the music character of Elektric Band at latter term is followed. The theme that multiuses syncopation progresses more complexly. Part of piano melody and solo in close relation to rhythm that multiuses 16 notes. The organization of this band might indeed give priority to the performance. Part that shifted from advanced flow in state of Piano Trio to solo of Sax. Or, the rhythm section that offers a steady as much as possible technology is splendid.

As for "Ished", an individual member intermittently twines round the rhythm of 16 notes done at high speed the sound. The theme with the tension often appears, too. It is overwhelming if it technically considers it. However, the impression might be weak as the composition of the melody and the tune. The composition has the element of Improvisation mainly composed of the rhythm. The tune explodes in the part of solo of Sax strengthening ensemble.

As for "Spanish Sketch", the music character that Chick Corea exactly cultivated is demonstrated. As for the flavor of the Spanish music that can be demonstrated even by solo album of Chick Corea and the following "Origin", this tune is satisfactorily demonstrated. Construction of grand melody with keyboard and guitar. Part of rhythm to which tango rhythm is taken. The atmosphere is a part of the sound with an intense object guitar. The tune becomes intenser. It rushes into solo of the guitar from the theme that appears again. Mike Miller really contributes to the tune well.

"Final Frontier" is a tune from which the music character of a past band has been succeeded. It progresses while developing the rhythm with the complexity. Part where flavor of good Jazz is expressed because of electronic sound. This tune has been approved enough as Jazz Rock, too. However, there is atmosphere of session in the part of solo. The tune is music for them including solo of a drum on the way.

"Reprise" is a tune with minimal and ambient atmosphere. Continuousness of sound in which transparent feeling and sense of relief are continued. Solo of Sax in close relation to the continued sound sounds beautifully.

Chick Corea shifts to the work of Quartet as a result after announcing this album. And, this Elektric Band stopped the activity until reviving in 2004. The done Music character and the gathered member were inevitable one in the album for Chick Corea.

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4 stars Of all the excellent jazz-fusion music created by Chick Corea & his ELEKTRIC BAND over the years, this is my pick for the best of the bunch. This album technically features the CHICK COREA ELEKTRIC BAND II, the only album released so far by that lineup, unfortunately. The music is similar to pri ... (read more)

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