Antidote, from Chick Corea and his newly formed Spanish Heart Band, revisits songs from his classic albums My Spanish Heart and Touchstone. The Spanish Heart Band is a multi-cultural octet playing both classic and new compositions, with guest appearances by vocalists Ruben Blades, Gayle Moran Corea, and Maria Bianca. Says Corea, “This new band is a mix of all the wonderful and various aspects of my lifetime experience with these rhythms that have been such a big part of my musical heritage.”
This music brings together not only forms of Spanish and Latin music, but elements of classical (Stravinsky) and the funk and fusion that have long been hallmarks of Corea’s sound. It’s a cornucopia of influences, harking back to Corea’s early days in New York playing with Mongo Santamaria in 1960 at Birdland.
Corea, like most masters, believes that music can be a healing force (hence the title Antidote). This music flows beautifully, carries a special spirit, has its totally enthralling soaring moments, all played with democracy and finesse. This stands amongst Corea’s best work.