Chick Corea Elektric Band Live at North Sea Jazz 2003
Chick Corea Elektric Band is a jazz fusion band, led by pianist Chick Corea. Following the demise of Return to Forever, Corea established the musical ensemble in 1986. Following a long hiatus, the band reunited to produce To the Stars in 2004.
The band’s debut album can be described as “jazz-rock”, though it is much closer to traditional jazz than the jazz-rock albums of the 1970s. The keyboard sounds on the album are typical for the mid-1980s. The drums played by Dave Weckl dominate the album’s sound, with the guitar duties split between Scott Henderson and Carlos Rios.
The second album, Light Years (1987) is more funk-oriented than its predecessor. Saxophonist Eric Marienthal joins the band andFrank Gambale replaces Henderson and Rios (who still plays on some tracks) to form what is considered the band’s definitive lineup.
The third album, Eye of the Beholder, relies on softer sounds. Here Corea relies on acoustic piano, with synthesizers largely in the background. Gambale also plays acoustic guitar on some tracks, lending a Flamenco-influenced sound to pieces like “Eternal Child.”
The Elektric Band’s fourth album, Inside Out (1991), features some compositions that fall in the post-bop rather than the fusion category. The four-part piece “Tale of Daring”, which closes the album, relies on unconventional melodies and relatively free improvisation. But two other compositions, the title track and “Kicker,” are more traditional fusion pieces. Corea still uses mostly acoustic piano, but Gambale plays electric guitar throughout.