Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Corea Quartet Jazzes Up Sheldon Hall

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Corea Quartet Jazzes Up Sheldon Hall

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From his free-jazz days with Miles Davis to his fusion and Akoustic Band projects, pianist Chick Corea has done it all - and survived. Corea and his acoustic quartet performed Friday at the nearly sold-out Sheldon Hall with Bob Berg on saxophones, James Genus on bass and Gary Novak on drums.

Corea presented a varied program of freshly interpreted standards and innovative originals. Corea's playing, like his affable stage presence, was playful and communicative. His piano aesthetic includes the fragile melodies of Bill Evans and the dark rhythms of Bud Powell on the one hand and such classical modernists as Bela Bartok on the other.

That amalgam was apparent when he performed four short Bartok pieces, each interpreted with fiery elan. Genus' solid bass playing was quick and intuitive, as demonstrated in one long solo and a duet with Corea. Genus has a full touch without resorting to gimmicks.

True to his playful approach, Corea's raw-edged reading of "I Didn't Know What Time It Was" interwove the melodic and angular, with Berg providing blistering tenor work. …

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