Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Chick Corea & Stefano Bollani - Orvieto (ecm 2011)
Delightful repertoire includes Chick Corea's "Armando's Rhumba" and Stefano Bollani's "A Valsa da Paula"; two tunes by Jobim; Miles Davis's "Nardis"; Fats Waller's "Jitterbug Waltz"; jazz standards including "Darn that Dream" and "If I Should Lose You"; the blues, a flamenco-influenced traditional tune, free improvised pieces, and more.
Stefano Bollani was born in Milan in 1972. Corea - who recently celebrated his 70th birthday - was born in Massachusetts in 1941. Yet differences of age and experience are levelled by a shared eagerness to play, by a shared love of melody and jazz drive, and by the open-mindedness, quick-wittedness and playfulness common to both players. Here are 'old' and 'new' masters in accord, indeed.
Personnel: Chick Corea (piano), Stefano Bollani (piano)