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Started in 1986, The Chick Corea Elektric Band toured and recorded steadily up until 1993, after which they dis-banded, only to reform in 2004. The re-formed Elektric Band continues to record and tour to this day. The band is led by jazz virtuoso keyboardist Chick Corea, and over the years has also included John Patitucci, Frank Gambale, Dave Weckl, Eric Marienthal, Scott Henderson, Carlos Rios, Gary Novak, Jimmy Earl and Mike Miller.

The Elektric Band plays a wide variety of fusion styles including jazz-funk, post-bop and latin flavored jazz.

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3.55 | 22 ratings
The Chick Corea Elektric Band
1986
2.70 | 19 ratings
Light Years
1987
3.80 | 18 ratings
Eye of the beholder
1988
3.43 | 11 ratings
Inside Out
1990
3.02 | 15 ratings
Beneath the Mask
1991
3.44 | 13 ratings
Paint The World
1993
3.94 | 14 ratings
To the Stars
2004

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2005

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 Paint The World by COREA ELEKTRIC BAND, CHICK album cover Studio Album, 1993
3.44 | 13 ratings

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Paint The World
Chick Corea Elektric Band Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Kazuhiro
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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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 Paint The World by COREA ELEKTRIC BAND, CHICK album cover Studio Album, 1993
3.44 | 13 ratings

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Paint The World
Chick Corea Elektric Band Jazz Rock/Fusion

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.

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 Paint The World by COREA ELEKTRIC BAND, CHICK album cover Studio Album, 1993
3.44 | 13 ratings

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Chick Corea Elektric Band Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by bcshelton72

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 prior ELEKTRIC BAND material, often modal and very progressive with many flowing meter changes and tempo changes. This time however, instead of an angular, clinical sound, the performances are very impressionistic -- the "painting" theme of the title and back cover photo is clear in the music. There are more blended musical colors, more ensemble listening, and a more "live" feel. It's a real step forward from the previous records, which are also great.

Some of the songs are less structured than Corea's other works; some are little more than a progression. However, they are fascinating, multi-part progressions that give all the band members opportunities to shine solo and in various combinations. But even on the "simpler" tunes these guys aren't just jamming. They are also executing intricately orchestrated lead lines, breakdowns and group sections.

The whole album is packed with an extraordinary number of musical ideas. More mixed meters than you can shake a Stickman bass at, very tasty guitar playing that to my ears owes quite a bit to Allan Holdsworth, and a set of songs that doesn't take itself too seriously. Much of Corea's music is thoughtful, and here he also remembers to include some fun. Whatever the mood, the top notch playing always brings fireworks.

If you haven't tried jazz-fusion yet, you really should! I really think any proghead would enjoy this kind of music if you gave it a chance. This is one of the most prized members of my (not small) music collection, and I have thanked my lucky stars time and again for this outstanding, 1-off record from this ELEKTRIC BAND II lineup. Don't sleep on it!

4.5 stars.

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 Beneath the Mask by COREA ELEKTRIC BAND, CHICK album cover Studio Album, 1991
3.02 | 15 ratings

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Chick Corea Elektric Band Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by snobb
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3 stars Chick's return to electric fusion in 80-s wasn't a bad decision, but unhappily new ideas were enough just for a few albums. "Beneath The Mask " is last in line of Elektric Band's original line-up, and it's obviously this work is more great musicianship than good material.

Musicians participated on this recording all are well-known ,if not great ( personally I am quite sceptical about Eric Marienthal saxophone playing), but album is just a nice musicianship, hardly more. All compositions are unmemorable, and in too many moments guitar/sax sound is openly commercial. Chick's keyboards, being usually one of main perfect ingredient on any his album, there sounds more as just one instrument between others, and often can't save the situation.

Still not a bad album for soft fusion lovers, but far not the best Corea's album. Too soft and polished sometimes even openly cheese, sound somewhere at the end became just boring. Musicianship technique doesn't helps - album stays a bit faceless. Yes, Corea and Co. know how to play but obviously have nothing to say on this release.

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 Inside Out by COREA ELEKTRIC BAND, CHICK album cover Studio Album, 1990
3.43 | 11 ratings

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Chick Corea Elektric Band Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by snobb
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4 stars This is fourth Corea's Elektric Band album. It's interesting, that between third and fourth albums,in 1989, Corea released album with Acoustic Band. So, even if first introduction of some acoustic sound was started still in CCEB third album, fourth is next step in that direction.

I think, previous ( Acoustic Band) album made his importance for the music of "Inside Out" as well. So, we have here much warmer music, than in CCEB first albums. And in fact it's more jazz than fusion. But good jazz!

It's not a Corea's return to post-bop, but next step to creative jazz of 90-th! I believe, that this album is the best CCEB starting from very beginning. The only problem could be for listeners there isn't too much fusion, but modern jazz.

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 Eye of the beholder by COREA ELEKTRIC BAND, CHICK album cover Studio Album, 1988
3.80 | 18 ratings

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Chick Corea Elektric Band Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by snobb
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4 stars Third Corea's Elektric Band's album is real return to form. After weak second album, the same team of musicians recorded realy strong jazz fusion album. Yes, in many places you can feel pop-orientation there, but in common the music has it's soul, it's melody and is professional in it's techniques.

Differently from first two albums, the third one is much more melodic. And not only this - there are plenty of solos of both guitar and sax players. If before Corea used all musicians just as additional sound for his electric keyboards ( and for sure it wasn't enough for good balanced music), we have real band of partners there. Everyone won because of that: the music got it's blood and soul.

OK, it's electric jazz fusion from late 80-s, so don't expect Latin scent and warm romantism of early RTF, or melted rock oriented fusion of late RTF. It's a pleasant,but cold synth/electric sound with feelable commercial orientation from "plastic world" era. But as for it's time, it's a competent and pleasant album.

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 Light Years by COREA ELEKTRIC BAND, CHICK album cover Studio Album, 1987
2.70 | 19 ratings

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Chick Corea Elektric Band Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by snobb
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2 stars Second Corea's Elektric Band's album unhappily continue the worst ideas of the debut. Using the same highly professional rhythm section as on band's debut, Corea changed the guitarist and added some sax in his electric easy jazzy listening.

So, the result isn't good at all. Music is even more simple, than in debut album, musicanship is competent, but very formal. Light electric jazz compositions is filled by some guitar and sax accessories. All music is in fact easy background listening with some accented rhythm. No one of participated musicians could possibility to show his abilities.

Could not be recommended for listening, may be just as some background jazzy pieces for fast food restaurant.

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 The Chick Corea Elektric Band by COREA ELEKTRIC BAND, CHICK album cover Studio Album, 1986
3.55 | 22 ratings

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Chick Corea Elektric Band Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by snobb
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3 stars Another Chick Corea band, after RTF. And it's real electric, as it is stated in the name of the band. The sound is almost pure electric, some electric version of cool jazz.

Corea's keyboard style is recogniseable, but modernised in the key of time. The rhythm section is perfect and includes well known jazz musicians as John Patitucci (bass) and David Weckl (el/ac dr). Music is modal, not too complex.

There are added electric guitar sound in many songs as well. "Got A Much?" is real jazz- rock. "Electric City" has some melodical elegance inside. But in total the music is a bit formal, you can't feel the soul in it.

I think Corea tried to catch the move of the time with his Elektric Band's debut album. And music is competent and professional. The only problem is there is no place for soul or game ( improvisation) in it. So - quality but not catching.

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 To the Stars by COREA ELEKTRIC BAND, CHICK album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.94 | 14 ratings

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To the Stars
Chick Corea Elektric Band Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Gatot
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars There is one mandatory prerequisite for you to be able to enjoy this album nicely, peacefully and safely ... You must set your mind with one word: 'jazz'. Well, yeah, without having jazz mindset as well as expectation right from the beginning, it's gonna be very very difficult for you to enjoy this album. I am not saying that this album does not have any prog elements - there are bunch of them. But you should set your mind to jazz first before you regret. It apples not only to this album but in any Chick Corea work, including Return To Forever. On RTF there are many rock elements while maintaining its roots on jazz. But right here with this album there is no rock element at all. But don't worry .. as far as you have an open mind on jazz music, this album would bring to a wonderful musical experience.

The band had actually been inactive for the last ten years prior the making of this album which is based on Chick's excitement on L Ron Hubbard's books, 'To The Stars'. Looking at the CD inlay I was so entertained as well as inspired by the way Chick materializing his lifetime dream as composer / performer for L Ron Hubbard as the ideal artist. The beauty of this album lies in its CD design package whereby Chick prepared a write-up for each of his work in this CD relate to the pages in the book that the music is created for. For example, associated with wonderful track like 'Johny's Landing' he refers the composition to page 79 and 147 of the book. This is really great and I do enjoy reading the CD inlay.

I am telling you that the music of this album is really excellent as it has good dynamics in any segment of the song. The opening track 'Check Blast' (3:38) proves that Chick Corea planned that the overall tone of the album would sound something like this. This opening has everything in terms of composition: excellent main melody, frequent style change, great harmonies, solid structural integrity. In terms of performance from the musicians, they work in a similar way, creating great music arrangenent. 'Johnny's Landing' with its dynamic composition starts beautifully with wonderful drumming followed by bass guitar work, plays solo. Chick Corea's solo is fabulous. All songs are integrated into one cohesive whole that supports Chick's work. 'The Long Passage' is an excellent composition that brings the listener to the area where jazz music sounds really inspiring and it has great dynamics! I think if all jazz music sounds like this, I will definitely join the jazz bandwagon.

The best album, so far .. - what do you think?

Overall, I highly appreciate this album as an excellent one with a rating of four stars PLUS because it's not just excellent, more than excellent. The key to the album's music is its excellent composition where the melody is quite catchy, the harmonies of all instruments sound really good, the style changes happen quite frequently while the structural integrity of each song is really good. Not only that, the whole album sounds really cohesive and it supports the story line. In addition, the sonic quality of the CD is truly MASTERPIECE. The package of the CD is also excellent, especially the inlay where the write-up of each song is made. In my opinion, this is the BEST album from Chick Corea Elektric Band. Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

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 Eye of the beholder by COREA ELEKTRIC BAND, CHICK album cover Studio Album, 1988
3.80 | 18 ratings

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Eye of the beholder
Chick Corea Elektric Band Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Gatot
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars

If this is what so called 'jazz', I will always buy the music like this!

It seemed like Chick learned from his mistake with his previous release of 'Light Years' after the success of Elektric band debut album. This third release represents his rebound that sounds much better than the debut album with more contemporary and progressive approaches but still maintaining jazz as his area of expertise. The beauty of this album relies on its excellent solo provided to the musicians not just limited to Chick' piano / keyboard / synthesizer. This time he lets Eric to play mare on the sax and also provides Gambale to perform guitar work. It's not like he gave big chances to Al Di Meola in Return To Forever's releases but at least the audience can tap the message here that Chick is not focusing in his own virtuosity but he lets others to contribute. Bravo, Chick!

The tracks provided here in this record are all excellent with some notes that I take in order for you to make some reference in buying decision, maybe.

'Home Universe' is exploratory and adventurous in nature demonstrated by the way sax is played by Eric Maroienthal. Chick's choice of Eric was a great decision, i believe, because his sax style really matches with the music. Frank Gambale's guitar work provides great textures of the music. 'Eternal Child' demonstrates great piano improvisations by Chick followed with 'Forgotten Past' in which bass provides groove while piano plays on top of it filled with sax work. Frank plays his electric guitar solo excellently. Saxophone then takes solo with high register notes.

'Passage' is basically Eric's solo because Chick really gives a lot of portion for Eric to provide his sax improvisation throughout the song. Chick's piano and synthesizer take some portion of the solo but more on providing textures to strengthen the composition. The main actor is Eric's sax. 'Cascade' is really an excellent track which demonstrates the virtuosities of each player in the band from Eric, Chick, Gambale, Weckl as well as Patitucci. In terms of composition this track is solid in terms melody and harmonies as the music flows in various styles throughout the track. The structural integrity of the song is also powerful. The Dave Weckl drum solo is excellent, followed with sax solo and Chick's keyboard work.

'Trance Dance' demonstrates how brilliant Chick in composing a beautiful music by giving chances for his band members to improvise while at the same time maintaining an excellent tagline melody of the overall song. While Eric performs his solo improvisation, Chick provides his piano as fillers and the other fellows provide nice rhythm section. As far as taste, I like this track very much because it has many progressive elements. 'Eye of the Beholder' is also an excellent composition.

Overall, I recommend you to have this jazz rock fusion album because it offers with quite extensive progressive approach even though the root is on joazz. But it's not like the kind of jazz you used to hear ..it's contemporary and it's proggin' ..really! If jazz music is like this, I will always buy the CD! Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

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