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Published: 28 May 2024. Updated: 53 days.

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Stefon Harris, photo: Motéma

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Dal Sasso Big Band, Chick Corea's Three Quartets Revisited Jazz & People ****1/2

Firstly before listening to anything go back to the Three Quartets album that shapes this fantastic new repertory recording from the French big band of Christophe Dal Sasso as an abiding influence and inspiration - the Chick Corea Los Angeles …

Published: 27 May 2024. Updated: 53 days.

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Firstly before listening to anything go back to the Three Quartets album that shapes this fantastic new repertory recording from the French big band of Christophe Dal Sasso as an abiding influence and inspiration - the Chick Corea Los Angeles recorded studio album that came out in 1981 on Chick's own Stretch Records.

Full of Chick's own visionary quartet compositions, some dedicated to Duke Ellington and John Coltrane - tenorist Michael Brecker, bassist Eddie Gómez and Steve Gadd joined Chick for the recordings.

Marseilles-born composer, arranger, and flautist Christophe Dal Sasso whose big band has been releasing music since 2011 is also known for his work with the Belmondo brothers and Dave Liebman.

Soloists on this latest vibrant and stimulating recording include saxophonists David El-Malek, Stéphane Guillaume and best known of all the former late period Miles Davis sideman Rick Margitza who does the memory of Michael Brecker proud.

The recording which has warm and tactile production values - it does not sound clinical at all - includes versions of all the original album's four tracks plus some material later added on its CD release including 'Slippery When Wet' and 'Folk Song' plus Chick classic - going way back - 'Tones for Joan's Bones.'

Along with the exemplary Dan Pugach release Bianca it's the best big band release that we have heard this year.

What a fine way to dip into 1980s Chick Corea all over again interpreted with such love, wisdom, flair and spirit. And while scaled up it is all sized expertly to retain intimate listening qualities and provides lots of room for individual expression collectively distilled.