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Album: Chick Corea, The Vigil (Concord)


Good fusion bands need great drummers and Marcus Gilmore's all-around-the-kit technique adds massive energy and oomph to star pianist Corea's latest band.

It's his best group for eons, with the UK's Tim Garland on sax, Hadrien Feraud on bass and guitarist Charles Altura, with Ravi Coltrane guesting on "Pledge for Peace". The cover concept, spacey theme and song titles are straight out of the Big L. Ron cupboard but most of the music works.