Beneath the Mask Jazz radio — with its emphasis on placid music — may always ignore this somewhat aggressive band of gifted players, led by composer-keyboardist Chick Corea,… Beneath the Mask Jazz radio — with its emphasis on placid music — may always ignore this somewhat aggressive band of gifted players, led by composer-keyboardist Chick Corea,… Chick Corea Elektric Band Jazz
Music Review

Beneath the Mask (1991)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Lead Performance: Chick Corea Elektric Band; Genre: Jazz

Jazz radio — with its emphasis on placid music — may always ignore this somewhat aggressive band of gifted players, led by composer-keyboardist Chick Corea, but it won't be because Corea hasn't tried to be accessible: Beneath the Mask is the easiest and breeziest Elektric Band album in years, with Latin-flavored melodies that are concise and downright hummable. ''A Wave Goodbye'' seems suitable for the watered-down stuff played on pop-jazz radio, and yet Corea's atmospheric harmonies manage to be seductive without evaporating into nothingness. On ''One of Us Is Over 40,'' the band even slips into a very friendly (and uncharacteristically African) lope. Sometimes the group's pyrotechnic displays fling too many notes in too many directions, but more often Corea weaves his tricks into a seamless musical fabric. And the Elektric Band — Corea, bassist John Patitucci, drummer Dave Weckl, guitarist Frank Gambale, and saxophonist Eric Marienthal-has never sounded better. B

Originally posted Sep 06, 1991 Published in issue #82 Sep 06, 1991 Order article reprints
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