Chick Corea's "Three Quartets" Revisited (Digifile)
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Chick Corea's "Three Quartets" Revisited (Digifile)

Jazz & People

Christophe Dal Sasso (fl, a-fl, dir), David El Malek, Rick Margitza (ts), Stéphane Guillaume (ts, ss, flute), Thomas Savy (cl, b-cl), Nicolas Folmer (tp, flh), Christian Martinez (tp), Denis Leloup, Jerry Edwards (tb), Pierre de Bethmann (p), Manuel Marchès (b), Karl Jannuska (d)

Reference: JPCD 824003

Bar code: 5051083200844

Dal Sasso strikes again! Following the big band arrangements of John Coltrane’s classics, "A Love Supreme" and "Africa/Brass", Christophe Dal Sasso tackles Chick Corea's "Three Quartets" (1981). Under the expert guidance of the arranger, his big band—voted group of the year by France’s Victoires du Jazz in 2020—revisits the pianist's legendary album, with on the front line, following the footsteps of the late Michael Brecker, three exceptional saxophonists who all owe a debt to him: David El-Malek, Stéphane Guillaume and Rick Margitza (who recorded with Chick Corea at an early stage of his career). Composed by Chick Corea on the model of string quartets, the "Three Quartets" reveal, thanks to the masterful arrangements by Dal Sasso, all their formal deepness while the three tenors blow over these masterful scores with passion. Also included are two compositions recorded by Corea during the same sessions as "Three Quartets" which remained unreleased until the reissue of the album on CD in 1992, "Folk Song" and "Slippery When Wet", as well as a classic tune by the pianist, who gave his title to his very first album, “Tones For Joan's Bones”. A monument record by an all-star big band, in the form of a lively and spectacular tribute to the great pianist who passed away in 2021.


01. Quartet n°1 (Chick Corea) 8:11
02. Quartet n°3 (Chick Corea) 7:51
03. Quartet n°2, Part 1 [Dedicated to Duke Ellington] (Chick Corea) 6:27
04. Quartet n°2, Part 2 [Dedicated to John Coltrane] (Chick Corea) 9:14
05. Folk Song (Chick Corea) 6:45
06. Slippery When Wet (Chick Corea) 6:44
07. Tones For Joan’s Bones (Chick Corea) 6:19

Album details

All compositions by Chick Corea
Arragements written by Christophe Dal Sasso, based on a proposal by Vincent Bessières

Christophe Dal Sasso (flute, alto flute, musical direction), David El Malek, Rick Margitza (tenor sax), Stéphane Guillaume (tenor & soprano sax, flute), Thomas Savy (clarinet & bass clarinet), Nicolas Folmer (trumpet & flugelhorn), Christian Martinez (trumpet), Denis Leloup, Jerry Edwards (trombone), Pierre de Bethmann (piano), Manuel Marchès (bass), Karl Jannuska (drums).
Recorded at Studio Midi Live, Villetaneuse, France, September 25-27, 2023

Soloist order:
Track #1: Stéphane Guillaume, Nicolas Folmer
Track #2: Pierre de Bethmann, Denis Leloup, David El-Malek
Track #3: Pierre de Bethmann, David El-Malek, Manuel Marchès, Stéphane Guillaume
Track #4: Pierre de Bethmann, Rick Margitza, Karl Jannuska
Track #5: Rick Margitza
Track #6: P. de Bethmann; David El-Malek, Thomas Savy, Rick Margitza, S. Guillaume
Track #7: David El-Malek

Sound engineer: Manu Payet
Mixing: Christophe Dal Sasso
Mastering: David Darlington
Graphic design: Olivier Linden
Video: Gildas Boclé.
Photography: Christophe Dal Sasso

Produced by Christophe Dal Sasso
Executive producer: Vincent Bessières
© Jazz & People
This recording dedicated to Michael Brecker (1949-2007) and Chick Corea (1941-2021)

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