Although Chick Corea's long career has garnered many stellar recordings, one of the best of the best is the phenomenal Now He Sings, Now He Sobs. A trio session with bassist Miroslav Vitous and drummer Roy Haynes, this is the disc that cemented Corea's place in the jazz firmament as a pianist of incomparable skill. His percussive touch, fluid lines, and uniquely inventive approach to improvisation are all in full display.
Corea, Vitous, and Haynes greatly expand the scope of the piano trio as they pull and stretch the concept of group interaction to an entirely new plateau. From the bouncing excitement of Corea's "Matrix" to the dark blaze of the burning "Step-What Was," the trio moves as one, constantly arcing into new directions at every turn.
Haynes, the eldest of the three, is in particularly energetic form, providing a constant fire underneath the churning piano of Corea. Standout cuts include a mesmerizing interpretation of the classic "My One and Only Love," Corea's waltzing "Windows," and the free-form Corea/Vitous duet "Gemini."
Musicians: Chick Corea, piano Miroslav Vitous, bass Roy Haynes, drums