Echoes of an Era

Chaka Khan, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White

Echoes Of An Era, a selection of well-chosen standards done the old-fashioned way with mics on everybody, no more than two takes of anything, no overdubs—but departing from the norm by featuring the vocals of R&B siren Chaka Khan. Khan skillfully runs through the paces on a series of Corea’s athletically demanding arrangements. First, the Pinkard/Tracy/Tauber standard “Them There Eyes,” then the Ella Fitzgeraldesque swoop-and-scat “All Of Me,” followed by a galloping romp through Thelonious Monk’s “I Mean You” that is full of unison jumps and masterful comping and soloing from Corea, as he does some of the best interpreting of Monk since Monk. The titles are all familiar—George Gershwin’s “I Loves You Porgy,” Billy Strayhorn’s “Take The ‘A’ Train,” Frank Loesser’s “I Hear Music”—but Khan’s fresh approach is anything but familiar. – AllAboutJazz

Album Tracks

  1. Them There Eyes
  2. All of Me
  3. I Mean You
  4. I Loves You, Porgy
  5. Take the A Train
  6. I Hear Music
  7. High Wire - The Aerialist
  8. All of Me
  9. Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most