For those of you whose been with me thus far, you know my original intent was to showcase great jazz recordings from a period that truly impacted music lovers and to ultimately feature some of these innovative figures in jazz from the late fifties through early seventies each week. With that said, “Like Minds” as I hear it is an inviting portrait of gorgeous music articulated by this amazing ensemble of musicians recorded in the late nineties reminded me at this juncture as a music enthusiast I can hardly afford to exclude.
After all, this adored music we cherish greatness is processed through the ear, heart and mind of the beholder regardless the decade it derive from. —Rob Young // The Urban Flux
Gary Burton, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, Roy Haynes & Dave Holland -//- Like Minds – [Concord Records, 1998]
Though Gary Burton, arguably the world’s preeminent vibes jazz player, is the name at the top of the marquis on this new release from the venerable Concord Jazz label, much of the initial excitement here is the result of the first meeting on record of guitarist Pat Metheny and pianist Chick Corea. Considering the lofty status of both players, it’s hard to believe they haven’t paired before. The rhythm section is rounded out by the venerable team of Roy Haynes and Dave Holland on drums and bass. All five of the players are kindred spirits, having played together frequently through the years, save for the Metheny-Corea combination. The mind meld between Burton and Corea is as tight as can be imagined, with these two players having a long history together.
On “Like Minds” it is Corea and Metheny’s compositional talents that take center stage. Each offer well known chestnuts from their repertoire – in Corea’s case, it is the lilting jazz waltz, “Windows” (perhaps my favorite track), while Metheny’s classic “Question and Answer” is given a fresh treatment. Burton’s “Country Roads” is offered as well and all three composers contribute new pieces for the project. —Solid/Amazon.com
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