Expressions (1994)

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About Expressions (1994)

The tireless Corea performs unaccompanied on this 14-tune collection of pop standards, jazz classics and originals, and it’s a delight to hear the sound of his piano unadorned. Though decidedly a modernist, Corea reveals his profound knowledge of the history of jazz piano: Bud Powell’s “Oblivion” is done a la Art Tatum, the evenness of his lines on “Someone to Watch Over Me” has a Teddy Wilson-like clarity, the swirls of color on “Stella by Starlight” recall the pastel palette of Bill Evans.

Still, this is Corea’s show, and it’s his diamond-bright, then dusky sound, his dancer’s touch, his sparkling asides that land gingerly in our ears. He chooses a grand repertoire. Billy Strayhorn’s classic “Lush Life” is given a four-note repetitive bass part that makes it move with uncommon force, while “This Nearly Was Mine” is delivered almost without ornamentation. “I Want to Be Happy” is curiously angular and jarring, while “It Could Happen to You” weaves between melody notes and boppish exclamations that spin and spark. — L.A. Times


Album Tracks
  1. Lush Life
  2. This Was Nearly Mine
  3. It Could Happen to You
  4. My Ship
  5. I Didn't Know What Time It Was
  6. Monk's Mood
  7. Oblivion
  8. Pannonica
  9. Someone to Watch Over Me
  10. Armando's Rhumba
  11. Blues for Art
  12. Stella by Starlight
  13. I Want to Be Happy
  14. Smile