Duet: Chick & Hiromi


(Chick & Hiromi)
Release Date: 
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
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This album can be purchased in an MP3 format as well as a CD Import.

Chick & Hiromi: Duet is the marriage of two generations of jazz piano playing. Chick Corea famously rose to notoriety while in the Miles Davis Band of the 60’s helping to incorporate Electronic Jazz into the mainstream. Hiromi Uehara decades later would begin her piano venture at the age of five and eventually meet Chick Corea for the first time at age seventeen where, being so impressed with her, asked her to perform with him at a concert he was in Tokyo for. For the first time Chick & Hiromi are captured live together on this two disc set.

Anyone recall the duel between Eugene Martone and Jack Butler in the film Crossroads? This album is kind of like that. Chick Corea and Hiromi Uehara seem to both mimic one another’s keystrokes, fly off into improvisational fits, and collaborate almost without missing a note. In short its mostly amazing. The album covers a collective of Corea and Uehara’s original works as well as covers a few other artists including The Beatles (who doesn’t right). While the album is dizzying with talent, at best, I did have a few unnerving moments with it.

The album was recorded live at the Tokyo Blue Note and maybe my inexperience with club albums offsets my critic but there’s just something about listening to, what I will simply label extremely complicated music, and hearing dishes and silverware clanking together somewhere off in the background or someone cough, even once. Its off putting to say the least, especially in this medium which requires both your attention and your imagination. Secondly, improvisation aside, there were some moments on the album that sounded cluttered like the two icons simply weren’t in sync with one another. Its possible that maybe the album needs an enhanced version, maybe a 5.1 mix to flesh out the barrage of music coming at you precise and lightning fast.

Other then that this is probably one of the finest piano duet albums I’ve heard, ever. The experience between these two pianists is put to good use and I spent half the time trying to keep my mind from wandering off, in a good way. The piano work reminded me a lot of Ennio Morricone’s work in the film The Legend of 1900. Wandering yet focused, fast and complicated yet defined and beautiful. If you’re a jazz enthusiast or a budding pianist this would be something you have to hear or end up kicking yourself for not doing so later. Highly recommended. Enjoy. 

AJ Garcia
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