Adventure has been an operative word during the innovative keyboardist-composer Chick Corea's four decades in jazz's major leagues. Leading an assortment of ensembles of varying size, Corea (b. 1941) has explored virtually every sonic landscape and unearthed a wealth of musical treasures.
The Ultimate Adventure is at once a recapitulation and a revelation. Drawing on an exceptional supporting cast with whom he's previously collaborated productively (Hubert Laws, Airto Moreira, Steve Gadd, Frank Gambale) or with whom he's more recently forged empathic relationships (Jorge Pardo, Carles Benavent, Vinnie Colaiuta), Adventure again displays that Corea is among our most inventive melodists who masterfully avails himself of multiple global sources, from Middle Eastern and flamenco harmonies and tonalities to several African rhythmic styles.
The Ultimate Adventure is from beginning to end an epic.