Tones For Joan's Bones is the 1968 debut album by American jazz pianist Chick Corea. Featuring four long tracks, the album is rare in its original form, and is more commonly found in compilations. Besides Corea's piano melodies, tenor player Joe Farrell and trumpeter Woody Shaw add an extra dimension to the different compositions. "Straight Up and Down" is the most ambitious track, the most on the edge, but the other songs also show the true skills of the different band members. The distinct Latin tinge of Corea's music can be found all over the record.
Chick Corea played piano for such jazz greats as Blue Mitchell, Herbie Mann, Stan Getz and Miles Davis before he started working as a leader of his own groups. As a member of Miles Davis's band in the late 1960s, he participated in the birth of jazz fusion.
"Tones for Joan's Bones, Chick Corea's first session as a leader, is a blazing, advanced hard bop set from late 1966, with writing that reveals an affinity with McCoy Tyner's seminal hard bop structures from this period. Tenor player Joe Farrell and trumpeter Woody Shaw are ideal for this music. They deliver virtuoso performances that are both visceral and cerebral. Steve Swallow, while later focusing exclusively on electric bass, often with a melodic, impressionistic approach, is pure thunder here. In a blindfold test his acoustic bass could be mistaken for Buster Williams'. Drummer Joe Chambers is all relentless, propulsive energy, but subtle too. Corea is a torrent of harmonic and melodic imagination, couched in unerring rhythm. Anybody with an interest in this vital and exciting period will find this session indispensable." - AllMusic
• 180g Audiophile Vinyl LP
Chick Corea, piano
Joe Farrell, tenor saxophone, flute
Woody Shaw, Jr., trumpet
Steve Swallow, bass
Joe Chambers, drums
2. This Is New
1. Tones For Joan's Bones
2. Straight Up And Down