Chick Corea & the Vigil | SPACE | Jazz | Chicago Reader
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When: Thu., Aug. 8, 7 & 9:30 p.m. 2013
Price: $48-$108
Pianist Chick Corea is widely known for his extroverted and sometimes excessive forays into jazz fusion, but I was recently reminded of how lyrical, restrained, and tender he can be—the 2011 album Orvieto (ECM), a duo session with Italian pianist Stefano Bollani, captures Corea at his best. At these rare club shows, though, it’s the over-the-top Corea we’ll get to see. His new band, the Vigil, makes its local premiere just a couple days after the release of its self-titled debut on Concord Records—and it says a lot that the album’s cover pictures Corea (looking quite a bit younger) on horseback, dressed in armor, and carrying a lance. Despite a few dazzling acoustic pieces, where drummer Marcus Gilmore (also of the Vijay Iyer Trio) and British reedist Tim Garland find a bit of breathing room and don’t waste it—the Coltrane-ish “Pledge for Peace” is probably the best example—the overall feel of the album is fussy and overwrought. Its grandstanding unison parts, hyperactive electric guitar (played by Charles Altura), and chintzy synths recall the worst excesses of 70s fusion. Rounding out the Vigil’s six-piece lineup are electric bassist Carlitos del Puerto and percussionist Luisito Quintero. —Peter Margasak Early show is sold out.

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