In late 2001, Chick Corea used the occasion of his 60th birthday to take up residency at New York's Blue Note nightclub, reuniting with many of his most-celebrated collaborators.

In late 2001, Chick Corea used the occasion of his 60th birthday to take up residency at New York's Blue Note nightclub, reuniting with many of his most-celebrated collaborators. This two-disc set culls 12 performances from nine different ensembles, including the Now He Sings, Now He Sobs trio with drummer Roy Haynes and bassist Miroslav Vitous, the Akoustic Band, and the more recent New Trio. In the hands of a less accomplished leader, this might amount to an unfocused mélange of styles, but with Corea, each setting provides another window into the pianist's boundless ingenuity, from the bold world-music rhythms of Origin to intimate, classically tinged duets with vocalist Bobby McFerrin. Such is Corea's ability as a pianist and leader that rather than being too much, these two discs seem barely enough.—SG