Review Summary: Corea's elektrokoustic band.Chick Corea is a household name in the jazz world. He rose to prominence in the late '60s when he joined Miles Davis' second quintet, inheriting the mantle from original pianist Herbie Hancock during the recording of 1968's Filles de Kilimanjaro. Corea's opportunity to study at the foot of the master, at the exact point in time in which Miles Davis was undergoing a transitional phase that would revolutionize the jazz world entirely, was nothing short of destiny.
Chick Corea may have formed a new band, but still has ghosts from the Return to Forever reunion on his mind. Just check out the cover of The Vigil (named for this group) with its obviously L. Ron-inspired theme and track list ("Galaxy 32 Star 4"?). What year is this? That's not to make light of the music.
Pianist Chick Corea, now 71, sounds on scintillating form here – in fact, his acoustic break on the Coltranesque Pledge for Peace ranks among his all-time best solos in its constant replenishment of ideas. This album's lineup includes virtuoso bass guitarist Hadrien Feraud, fiery British reeds-player Tim Garland and implacably tight drummer Marcus Gilmore. It mixes time-switching fusion forays, typically Spanish-flavoured Corea themes, soft-swinging ballads and soulful meditations such as the aforementined Pledge for Peace, which is enhanced by guest Ravi Coltrane's vibrantly mournful tenor sax.