Every once in a great while, the stars align and the muses visit a recording studio to smile beneficently on the musicians assembled there. How else to account for the ineffable chemistry that infuses the best jazz albums? Well, the muses were working overtime when vibraphonist Gary Burton arranged the first recording encounter between pianist Chick Corea and guitarist Pat Metheny, and recruited an impeccable rhythm section staffed by bassist Dave Holland and drum legend Roy Haynes. Like Minds, the resulting album, ranks among these musicians best work, with the kind of soul-deep communication that is often expected but so rarely occurs on all-star sessions.
Burton's third album for Concord Jazz, Like Minds captures the quintet playing their own adventurous compositions at a superlative level of intuitive interplay. Profound and playful, sophisticated and emotionally direct, the music is the expression of five highly distinctive personalities collaborating without ego and with complete confidence in each other. With nine of the album's 10 tracks composed by band members-including dazzling new works by Chick, Pat and Gary-the session is the perfect melding of musicians and material.
The confluence of connections--geographical, intellectual and musical-- resounds throughout Like Minds, an album that sets a shining new marker on the long road that Gary, Pat, Chick, Roy and Dave have all traveled down together. Indeed, the album's title only begins to suggest the depth of communication reached on a recording that adds up to the sum of its very impressive parts.