Classics: Chick Corea – Armando’s Rhumba (Polydor)
True to our motto – “Only the best, No time for the rest!” – we bring you another monster jam. This with the infectious ‘Armando’s Rhumba’ by the likes of Chick Corea. The latter bringin’ us into some rare (modern) Latin Jazz delights back in 1976!
Like it or not, this ‘Armando’s Rhumba’ has an incredible appeal. It’s most deliciously Latin. It’s freakingly Jazz with its sequences lettin’ its protagonists speak. And it’s also most definitely Dance as how not to be taken by its incredible flow?
Corea plays his instrument the Cuban way. In other words, turnin’ his piano into percussion, meanwhile responding to Jean-Luc Ponty violin interjections. The whole over Stanley Clarke‘s frantic acoustic bass play with handclaps punctuations courtesy of Narada Michael Walden.
Lucky we to have been provided with a 7inch promo release at the time. ‘Armando’s Rhumba’ is, as you might have guessed it, one of the highlights of Chick Corea‘s ‘Spanish Heart’ album…
A member of Miles Davis Band in the 60’s, Chick Corea has been among the ones givin’ birth to the Electronic Jazz Fusion movement before forming Return To Forever during the following decade.
One of the major Jazz pianists of his time, he has released more than 100 albums to date.
Taken from his 1976 released ‘My Spanish Heart’ album, we find him of one of his rare singles along with French violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, Stanley Clarke on acoustic bass and Narada Michael Walden, in charge of the handclaps.