Chick Corea ‎– Sundance

Groove Merchant ‎– GM 530
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue


A1 The Brain 10:04
A2 Song Of Wind 7:53
B1 Converge 7:56
B2 Sundance 9:49



Previously released in 1969 as GM 2202.
Misprint on labels - "Chic Corea"
Tenor Saxophone - Bennie Maupin (Un-Credited)

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
GM 2202 Chick Corea Sundance(LP, Album, Gat) Groove Merchant GM 2202 US 1972 Sell This Version
Q4J-25012 Chick Corea Before Forever(Cass, Album, RE, Dol) Quintessence Jazz Series Q4J-25012 US 1978 Sell This Version
GM 530 Chick Corea Sundance(LP, Album, RE) Groove Merchant GM 530 US 1974 Sell This Version
GRM M 82202, GM 2202 Chick Corea Sundance(8-Trk, Album, Bla) Groove Merchant, Groove Merchant GRM M 82202, GM 2202 US Unknown Sell This Version
GM 2202 Chick Corea Sundance(LP, Album, Gat) Groove Merchant GM 2202 Canada 1972 Sell This Version


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October 6, 2020
Is anyone going to point out the misspelling of "Chic Corea" on the label?


August 10, 2016

More on the Free Jazz side of things. Sit back and be prepared to be blown away. Also warn those in the other rooms, they may wonder in and say "What the hell?" Definitely a must hear.


July 22, 2011
edited over 9 years ago
Fans of hard bop and free jazz should really consider, or reconsider as the case may be, this album.

With Chick, Jack DeJonette and Dave Holland straight out of Miles Davis's Bitches Brew-era band, you know this is going to be intense. And it IS! This is not a fusion or middle-of-the-road, CTI style jazz album. This is the avant-garde! Released in 1974, it really feels like it was recorded in the late 1960s or, maybe, 1970 for Columbia. It has that kind of vibe and sound.

"The Brain" is is serious hard blower, which, as it progresses, crosses the line into an all-out wail-fest, sounding very free. Holland is a monster on this track, really driving the pace. "Converge" could be an out take from Bitches Brew; brooding, very dark, ominous and murky sounding; Chick is on Fender Rhodes for this one, spending a lot of time on the lower end of the keyboard rumbling around. DeJonette plays mostly cymbals and what sounds like a gong. This is an amazing track! The playful head of the final track, "Sundance," feels like the Chick style of writing that would become his trademark within a few years.

Woody Herman sounds, at times, like Freddie Hubbard, all burning chops and flugelhorn tone and, when playing with the mute, a little like Miles himself.

There is an uncredited tenor sax player on several tracks here, also. Might have been Wayne Shorter, playing uncredited for contractual reasons. Whoever it is, he really plays some great, post-Coltrane stuff, pushing this album into the territory of MUST HEAR.