Picks and Pans Review: Tap Step

updated 07/07/1980 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/07/1980 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Chick Corea

At times Corea can be annoyingly pretentious. His tune Samba L.A. on this LP, for instance, is so unfocused it sounds as if it had been recorded by laying a microphone in the middle of a street during Rio's Carnival. It's easy to forgive him, though, when he can also turn out tunes such as Tap Step, an exuberant Latinized march that builds on a catchy phrase and provides all kinds of improvisational possibilities for Corea on keyboards, trumpeter Al Vizzutti and tenor sax man Joe Farrell. The rest of the album—Which includes guest shots by flutist Hubert Laws and Corea's old bass man, Stanley Clarke—pales next to the title track, but then so do most jazz-rock compositions around these days.

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